The Next Steps Toward an AI Techno-Deity

I’ve written many times about the coming anti-Christ, and how technology will play an important part in his rule over the current world system. I view the Bible as 100% accurate, and I think it should be believed. I see no contradiction between the Bible and our current reality. In fact, I see our current reality as verification of everything the Bible told us was coming.

There are a great many people who don’t share my view. I get that.

Most people, I would guess, are either totally unaware of what the Bible lays out, or have been misinformed about what the Bible actually says. These people could be classified as “ignorant of the Bible”. That’s not an insult; it’s just a assessment describing how all people start out – with any subject. (Until you know the facts about something, you’re ignorant of those facts.)

Fewer people are in another class: they are aware of what the Bible actually says, but choose to disregard it. They intentionally refuse to believe. These people are informed (not ignorant).

Far fewer people know what the Bible actually says (having read and understood), and believe it. To these people, my previous articles probably make sense.

Why? Does it have to do with understanding technological concepts? Not at all. The biggest factor, when dealing with Biblical subjects, is spiritual understanding. Believers have it; unbelievers struggle with it.

The Bible even mentions this phenomenon. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14 ). The “natural”, earthly, unsaved world citizen just can’t get it. When they look at an obvious and clear spiritual truth (to a Christian), they see a dim, cloudy haze.

For that reason, I expect the simple things I’ve been pointing out to sail right over the world’s collective heads. And I expect all awakened children of God to immediately (independently) see these same things with bright clarity (as many of you already have pointed out to me).

With that in mind, I’d like to point out two additional things that have appeared on the horizon concerning the coming anti-Christ. Specifically, these are ways in which he will imitate the Lord – using technology, most likely. These are two steps towards an AI techno-deity – an AI god.

Knowing Your Thoughts
In at least six verses, the Bible tells us that Jesus knew what other humans were thinking. It’s plain from passages such as Luke 7:40 that he could read the inward thoughts of other people. The New Testament also tells us that the Lord “knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain”. We learn that the Word of God is a “discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”.

God can read your mind. So it follows that the coming “anti-God” should be able to do so, as well, because he is a thief (John 10:10), a counterfeiter, and an imitator. He wants to replace the image of God (i.e. mankind) and wants to BE God. (He won’t succeed.)

But, you might say, “only God has the ability to read our thoughts”! Right: I agree. To be clear, I don’t think the devil has the ability to read minds now, nor will he actually have it in the future. Neither will the devil’s anti-Christ. That innate power is something only God can do.

However, as with some of the other imitated attributes of God that the anti-Christ will possess, he will be able to get close enough. I think that with the aid of technology, he will have “pseudo” mind-reading abilities. At the very least, the semblance of mind-reading will be enough to fool the vast majority of people. He will be able to do it via AI and possible other means – all technological. I know this, because it’s already been done.

An electronic artificial brain has been created that can read minds. This neural network isn’t perfect, but it’ll do until real mind-reading gets here. If you check out the link, you’ll see that the images it “mind-read” are distorted – yet recognizable. (Better than I can do on my own, for sure.)

[Not actual mind-reading machine.]
Objections to my point of view could be anything from “that’s not real mind-reading” to “it will never be used for evil purposes”. Someone might think “they’ll never develop the technology any further”. Maybe. But we can all agree that in recent years, technology has undergone some “mind-blowing” changes.

But in my view, this will probably become more refined until it’s quite accurate. And from what seen with other technologies, I bet it’s development goes further than imagined and gets used in ways not intended. Besides, the public is never shown the latest version of anything in press releases or news reports.

The deployment of this type of “mind-reading” AI technology fits right in with the coming anti-Christ.

Remember the following things about the false Christ…

  • He will appear as a man of peace, and people will think he is the Christ
  • He will do great signs and wonders, which will have the effect of fooling people
  • He will imitate the abilities of Jesus on earth

Make no mistake: people will welcome, adore, and worship the anti-Christ. They will love him. He will bring peace and do good. If you speak against him, people will look at you like you’re nuts. He’s going to be an imitator of Jesus in many ways, possibly including AI-enhanced mind-reading, and will dazzle the world so much that even the now-secular nation of Israel will think the Messiah has finally arrived.

At first. So…don’t be fooled.

Requiring Faith in His Followers
The second recent characteristic that I’ve realized the anti-Christ will require, in a roundabout way, is real faith in him. He will demand faith from people in many ways. The world will have to trust him, rely on him, listen to him, put their hope in him.(i.e. All the things people should do for and with Jesus.)

While it should be obvious to anyone familiar with the Bible that followers of the anti-Christ will put faith in him, there’s one particular new item that triggered a new perspective on this (for me). It was the revelation that some of the latest AI is incomprehensible, even to its creators.

In other words, the people who made the AI don’t even know how it does what it does!

I’ve mentioned this before, because it’s happened before with the Facebook chatbots. (Supposedly, the AI chatbots developed their own “language” that was undecipherable to humans and began communicating with each other.) I’ve also read similar sentiments expressed in other news items about AI. But for some reason this article piqued my interest even more: The Dark Secret At the Heart of AI.

Basically, engineers created an AI-powered self-driving car. It performs well – just like a human. But they have no clue how the AI trained itself, and they have no way to “ask” it. It works, but they can’t explain how. They just have to trust it.

They just have to put their faith in the AI.

And this isn’t stopping researchers from moving forward. “There is now hope that the same techniques will be able to diagnose deadly diseases, make million-dollar trading decisions, and do countless other things to transform whole industries.” You might ask, “what’s the big deal”? If it works, it works. Who cares how it works?

Imagine if this sort of mysterious, dark AI goes on to bigger things. Right now, we will place our “faith” in a driverless car or some other machine. But soon, AI will be used for more serious things. In the future, an AI judge may decide sentencing for someone convicted of a crime. Or an AI medical tribunal will decide who receives medical treatment or who is denied. Or an AI politician will come into power. You can see the ramifications.

Biblically speaking, this is just what will happen if indeed the image of the beast will be a type of AI. (For the record, I believe the beast himself will be a person; the image of the beast could however be some sort of AI-empowered robot.)


I believe we are witnessing just two of the next steps towards an AI god.

What do you think? Will the antichrist or the image of the beast be able to read minds? Are people even now being conditioned to place faith in AIs? Comment below.

Round Up (Feb 12) – Remi Adeleke Testimony – Love and Saucers, Alien Sex – Transhumanism – AI Replacing Humans – Couple’s Cat Birth Photoshoot

Here’s a round up of just a few interesting topics I’ve seen in the news recently.

Return of the Succubi

Whoo boy…this article could very well be the focus on an entire break-down of its own, and I might write about it more extensively in the future. The article (about a documentary called Love and Saucers, about a guy who has sex with “aliens”) definitely backs up my claim that there are no such things as “aliens” – they are simply demons, repackaged for the 20th century. I have to warn you, the link may be NSFW due to the guy’s disturbing paintings of weird hybrid alien chicks. The quote that’s sure to grab you is this: “When I was 17, I lost my virginity to a female extraterrestrial,” the 74-year-old says. Also, “What makes Love and Saucers a very good documentary about a man who paints himself having sex with aliens is that Abrahams lays out the details of Huggins’s story and lets viewers come to their own conclusions”. I conclude that the guy really and truly believes that these things occurred in his life – but I’m not buying his belief that he encountered aliens. I tend to agree more with professor Jeffrey Kripal, who said “those events or encounters have been framed as angels or demons or gods or goddesses or what have you. But in the modern, sort of secular, world we live in, they get framed as science fiction”. This is the same conclusion I came to in my article about UFOs and Demons. If I’m correct, David Huggins had some intimate encounters with the entities known as succubi, not saucer women from another galaxy.

We Each Have a Testimony

Another JasonA video, this time with a testimony of former Navy SEAL and now actor Remi Adeleke. The beginning of this vid has some current events (mostly very dark events) but this brother’s testimony is encouraging and positive, so I begin the video at his segment.

Transhumanism Still Evolving

As I’ve mentioned before, technology is becoming more anti-God and 2018 is proving to be a year for transhumanism. In keeping with character of antichrist – replacing, imitating, circumventing, or substituting God’s efforts – antichrist tech is being further shown to be aiming towards human replacement. Now, tech leaders want to replace aspects of human life – mind and bodies – in order to “enhance” people. Call it Human Augmentation if you will, but it fits right in with the theme of human replacement which I’ve demonstrated is happening more and more.

Human Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Good news: we’re not obsolete just yet! I know: in past articles about AI – something I follow closely – I’ve made it seem as if it’s going to totally take over. (Well, I said it’s going to drastically alter our world, and I believe the image of the Beast will possibly be an AI-indwelt android). But no so fast – this IBM research scientist says we’re not there (just yet). “While we may not be experiencing the full effects of AI yet, it’s going to happen a lot faster than we think”, he says. Apparently, they’re still working on it.

…But on the Other Hand, People Want Cats Instead of Kids

Yes, we’re replacing ourselves. This couple of proud parents did a photoshoot to show off their new cat. Just like people would normally (emphasis on the word “normal”) show off a new baby, this woman (ety. lit. “womb-man”, ironically in her case) and man did a mock birth to show the world their newly “adopted” cat. It’s intended to be funny, snarky, and of course hip. Well, as the snark hipsters like to say: “meh“. I’m not impressed; I think it’s pathetic. This couple should be having a family of beautiful (human) kids, but they are instead avoiding kids. Why? Because they’re selfish and shallow? I don’t know for sure. But I will say one thing: because young couple like this refuse to grow up and raise families, we have a declining birthrate in the West. (But maybe it’s just as well that people like this aren’t reproducing.) At any rate, let’s stop saying “adopt” when you get a cat or dog. We – people – buy cats and dogs. We should adopt children.

The Coming AI Gods

Bible readers have long-puzzled over the mysterious, creepy, and enigmatic figure known as the Beast. Scripture mentions this entity many times, most notably in the book of Revelation. He also appears in the book of Daniel, 2 Thessalonians, and 2 John, among other places.

Similar to the true Lord – Jesus – the false lord has more than one name and more than one title. However, everything he is and does is an inversion of what the true God is and does. He is not the Christ, but he is a christ. He is a Christ imitator, a Christ stand-in, a Christ substitute, a Christ imposter, a Christ replacement: an anti-Christ.

Is he the pope, or a computer system in Brussels? I'm confused.
Polling at 99% approval!

The anti-Christ is not the true God, but that doesn’t mean that he is not a “god”; the casual scripture reader shouldn’t make the mistake of discounting the abilities and plans of this personality. Taking the scripture at face value, it tells us he actually is a god (take a moment to read 2 Corinthians 4:4 and then put some light on it by reading Matthew 4:1-11, John 14:30 and John 18:36). This person will desire worship, and he actually can lay claim to rule over this present world system – which he will administer for a time. The anti-Christ will take charge, get things done, and people will think he’s great. Let’s just say…he’ll have a very high approval rating!

Compare and contrast this god of the present world system (or, “order”) with the God of the universe. (i.e. “What’s the same, and what’s different?) There are many things we can glean from a side-by-side comparison. Doing so will help an otherwise mystified Bible reader actually make sense out of what the Bible says about the Beast. Incidentally, I believe we can make sense of what the Bible says about the end-times now more than ever.

Why? Mostly, because we have greater access to information and access to advanced technology, and because I think technology will be heavily utilized by the anti-Christ. If you read about the anti-Christ in light of some of the technology we now have in our homes (much less, the unknown things possessed by DARPA or global corporations), his capabilities as written about in the Bible aren’t difficult to envision. In fact, I doubt any serious Bible scholar could convincingly separate technology from some of the descriptions of the Beast. Considering many of the things that have been invented or made into usable technologies in just the last 3 years, and what will be possible within the next decade, it’s very easy to imagine the rise of a global ruler who possesses superhuman abilities and intelligence. In other words, a new god will arrive on this earth – and he will be worshipped.

New Gods for the Future

Hear ye the word of the Borg!
Hear ye the word of the Borg!

There’s already a push in our current society to seek out new gods. The title of this post refers to a recent, serious effort by a very prominent figure in the tech world who wants to create a new religion with an AI god. The name of this religion is “Way of the Future“, and it seeks to create a “divine” AI who will be worshipped. Another recent article also talks about a coming AI Messiah – who will be worshipped. Another article, writing about an AI god that will write a new bible, asks if people would really worship a god who is an “artificial intelligence”. The coming AI gods are appearing everywhere you look in recent tech, AI, robotics, and futurism news. In fact, whenever you see news about Google, you’re probably learning about something that at least tangentially involves AI. (After all, Google says they’re “an AI-first company” now.)

While some of the news is purse speculation, and some of the news is sensationalist click-bait, a substantial portion of what is being reported is valid and very real. The concept of religions, spirituality, and worship of a higher power who happens to be composed of ones and zeroes is now mainstream. I predict it will become commonplace and acceptable very soon, as well.

Judging from the popularity of events such as Burning Man and the dwindling acceptance of traditional (i.e. Biblical) Christianity (especially among Millennials), people certainly will be willing to worship a new type of god. It’s an old theme, however: people have always had a willingness to worship idols. The difference is that this time, the idol will actually “think”, “see”,”speak”,and move. It will even give advice and quote scripture – from it’s own holy book.

Before you scoff at the idea of AI writing its own bible, and people following its edicts, make sure you’re up-to-date on the latest developments – because things are advancing (and getting weirder) daily. There’s already an AI that writes “new” verses of the King James Bible. It’s no stretch to imagine an entirely new book of scriptures written by an artificial intelligence. In case you didn’t know, news articles and even the next installment of Game of Thrones are being written (at least partially) by AIs.

New Wisdom for Our Age

Sophia: the embodiment of Wisdom. And not creepy at all.
Sophia: the embodiment of Wisdom. And not creepy at all.

In case you’re not familiar with the current state of AI, it would behoove you to read and view the latest info on the AI robot Sophia – whose name literally means “Wisdom”. There are many videos on YouTube showing footage of Sophia in action. “She” can speak interactively with a human, recognize faces, make facial expressions, move her hands, show emotional responses, and more. She officially possesses citizenship in the country of Saudi Arabia, just like many other AI “persons” will likely possess in the near future – when the concept of personhood for AIs becomes mainstream and accepted.

And if a robot being granted citizenship of a nation isn’t strange enough, Sophia expresses a desire to have a “baby” of her own – fully imitating human desires, it would seem. Lest you think that to be far-fetched (and what is, at this point?), consider that a Google AI created it’s own “child” AI. In fact, one of the most effective methods for the continued evolution and improvement of AI will be AI building AI.

So, Sophia can show us a decent representation of what AI is capable of and how it will evolve. It’s important to note, as well, that the abilities of Sophia have advanced noticeably since the robot was first unveiled. Here’s a good general overview video, containing various clips of Sophia in action:

It cannot be overstated that Sophia, and AI in general, is advancing very quickly. While today we marvel that an AI is able to adapt to encounters with new objects and predict its own future, tomorrow we’ll we waiting for a new breakthrough – maybe true prediction of future events by an AI, a la Minority Report.

You think that’s far-fetched? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Consider that efforts such as predictive linguistics have existed for years. (Law-enforcement has attempted to harness this type of technology for quite some time.) Imagine the same concept, perfected by an AI with unprecedented processing power and a knowledge-base spanning all of human history until the present-day. Again, these are god-like abilities and they are attainable by AIs.

A Body For the AI to Live In

It has been said that the human body is a machine driven by a ghost. In the same way, robots provide AIs a means of existence and interaction within our physical world. Robots are, and will be, machines that AIs can pilot.

AI and robotics – both of which are inextricably tied – are now out of the realm of “science fiction”. They are part of reality and increasingly will become part of daily life. Today’s Siri and Alexa are mere warm-ups for what’s coming very soon. Inevitably, many of us wonder if it will go too far.

After all, there could be problems. And, it’s not a silly joke to try to anticipate will go wrong with AI – it would be wise to be aware of the possibilities. Because something will go wrong, at some point in the future – meaning, there will be an event that affects many people negatively as a result of something an AI did.

If you haven’t watched the video (above), I urge you to watch it – the concept of an AI having “godlike superpowers” is even mentioned. And on the topic of an AI takeover, pay attention to 12:45 in the video. Is it truly laughable? Or could Elon Musk’s warnings be worth listening to?

An artificial intelligence acting as a “god” would have to be a ruler, of sorts. An administrator. An entity that puts things in order – and orders people. This should bring to mind both kings and emperors, as well as elected officials. Will the world have an AI Prime Minister one day? It could. The first AI politician already exists. And to return to the subject of the Beast, he is very clearly described with characteristics that evoke an image of a powerful, charismatic, forceful, and wise politician.

Consider the effect of combining a vastly-superior artificial intelligence with an immortal robotic “body”. Give it convincing expression, speech, mannerisms, facial recognition, and perhaps other additional abilities.

The Ultimate AI God

Back to the original subject of this post – the Beast, or anti-Christ. Just how does this all relate to the Beast of Revelation? Here are just a few items to start with:

  • God has creative abilities, and is known as our Creator (Gen. 1:1). The Beast will “create” as well: other child AIs (mentioned above), AI creatures (what we might call “bots” currently), and they will live within a realistic, AI-built, artificial world – accessible by humans through augmented reality apps, holograms, video games, and VR.
  • God is omniscient (1 John 3:20). The Beast emulates omniscience by utilizing big data and AI.
    God is omnipresent (Psalm 139:8). The Beast emulates omnipresence via ubiquitous, “always on”, constantly-connected technologies.
  • God is all-seeing and all-hearing (Heb. 4:13). The Beast approximates this ability through the “surveillance state” – the constant surveillance (audio, video, metadata, and more) covering the globe.
  • God has an image (Colossians 1:15), and so will the anti-Christ. Contrast this concept of “image” between the two: We were made in God’s image and the creation worships the Creator – but the beast is made in man’s image, and the creator worships the creation…A total twisting of the proper order of things.
  • God has a body (Colossians 2:9). In a spiritual sense, the church is the “body” of Christ (Colossians 1:18). In a physical sense, Jesus embodied God (see 1 Timothy 3:16). In a similar fashion, the Beast will also have a physical body but will be quickened by the spirit of anti-Christ. Just as Jesus said “a body hast thou prepared me” to the Father, it may be that the Beast will say something similar to a robotics engineer.

This exercise in comparison and contrast could product quite a list. But the point should be clear already: the Beast is an inversion of Jesus Christ, and I am proposing that AI-empowered advanced robotics allows the entire end-times scenario to play out perfectly, just as described throughout the Bible. Assuming the Bible to be true, this is either comforting or frightening – both for a number of reasons I won’t get into here. Even taking the assumption that the Bible is false (or flawed), this is at the very least quite remarkable.

We can hopefully all agree that we live in a unique time in history, from a technological perspective. Two things often come to mind when thinking about the level of advancement we’re not at – and where we’ll be soon. One is the accuracy of Moore’s Law. The second is Arthur C. Clarke’s third Law: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic“.

You go, AI robot gurrrl
You go, AI robot gurrrl

If you’ve gotten this far down the rabbit-hole, you now have an idea of how world-altering AI and robotics will be for all of us. (Regardless of whether or not you believe a word of the Bible, and also regardless of what you think of the concept of anti-Christ or the Beast of Revelation.) You may be wondering if there are any safeguards in place to prevent any of the more negative sci-fi scenarios from playing out (such as scenarios we’ve seen in films like Blade Runner, Terminator 2, Westworld (the movie and the HBO series), 2001, The Matrix, etc). I don’t know specifically if there are any safeguards in place, and if there are, no one knows how effective they will be against an evolving technology that’s self-aware and can self-direct.

I do know that there have been a few lone voices in the wilderness, warning of what can happen, however. Elon Musk is one of the more well-known personalities who has voiced concern about the adoption of AI. He’s cautioned those who aren’t worried about AI that “they should be”. He’s also said that AI should be regulated due because it poses a risk to human civilization. (He’s also gotten into a sort of Twitter war with Sophia!)

What could possibly go wrong?
What could possibly go wrong?

Other futurists, techies, and intellectuals have offered warnings against the technology on our horizon. If you haven’t watched Professor Stuart Russel‘s Slaughterbots, you should view it to gain a perspective on the lethal dangers posed by “rogue” technology. (And you can read an opposing view here.) Again, it would be a mistake to think this type of scenario is “impossible” or not yet advanced enough to be practical. Consider this 2008 footage of one of Lockheed-Martin’s killer drones. That was a prototype from decade ago. Granted, the topic is drones (more than AI), but it definitely touches upon the topic (and overlaps the field) of AI. Specifically, AI will doubtlessly be used increasingly in the weaponization of drones and other machines.

On the other end of the spectrum, Ray Kurzweil has offered a far more optimistic view. In fact, he is mostly known as a futurist who believes humans will be melded with machines – including AIs. (And he’s not wrong: AI implants are on the horizon. Human intelligence, or HI, will soon be combined with AI – and Kurzweil called it.) While acknowledging that AI can pose a threat, he’s expressed glowing confidence in human ability to avoid the robot apocalypse. He exhibits the attitude of many of the “thinkers” who will gladly accept what AI has to offer, with very few reservations.

A Robotic God Everyone Can Love

Worldwide Worship (but not for the true God)
Worldwide Worship (but not for the true God)

Out of the massive pool of humanity, you can count on very few to be among the “thinkers” who will consciously make an informed decision “for” or “against” invasive, life-altering technologies. Most people won’t take the Elon Musk side, or the Ray Kurzweil position on the matter: most people will just accept whatever is presented to them (or foisted upon them). Whether the incarnation of the next AI is a watch, a phone, a game, a pair of glasses, an always-on device you talk to, or a god that lives inside an android body (or lives inside a virtual world)…the masses will gravitate toward it, accept it, and adopt it as part of their lives.

The fact is, people adapt to the world around them and the world is headed toward a practical global technocracy. This is how and why the Beast will come to power, how and why it will rule, and how and why the image of the Beast will be worshipped by the whole world (Revelation 13:3). Pretty much everyone will “love” the Beast – for their own self-preservation (Rev. 13:17) and also because many average people will be true believers (Rev. 13:14).

The few people that reject the new AI god will be labeled as backwards hicks, hold-outs, and haters: stubborn believers in an ancient invisible Creator and an old-fashioned paper book. Mockery is a powerful weapon, but it doesn’t work on everyone (see Revelation chapters 14 and 5). Some people will refuse to bow to the image (see Daniel chapter 3).

Conclusion

While it might sound like crazy science-fiction, or crazy Bible-thumping (depending on your worldview and belief system – or lack thereof), you must realize that there’s about to be a great “turning” in human history and it will involve artificial intelligence, robotics, and many connected technologies.

Globalism v. 1.0 (Beta)
Globalism v. 1.0 (Beta)

I propose that not only will it happen in a physical, conventional sense, but it will have massively significant spiritual ramifications – including worldwide adoption of religious beliefs that integrate AI “people”. Specifically, I believe this turning and the related consequences will give rise to the scenario described plainly in the prophetic writings within the Bible, especially where the anti-Christ and his global government, religion, and economic systems are concerned.

If I’m right about this, I’m not claiming any special insight: people smarter than me have analyzed future events and reached the same (or similar) conclusions. I think the AI gods are coming, and the ultimate AI god is predicted in the Bible. If my assessment is significantly wrong about this, I’ll be quite surprised.

Do you have any opposing views, additional insights, or general thoughts on the matter you’d like to share? Please contact me here or comment below!