Don’t like the idea of inhuman artificial intelligence – or AI – (as it is affectionately called) watching every move you make – or quite possibly – monitoring your very thoughts? This field of science has made gigantic leaps and bounds, in a very short time.
Just in time for the “man of sin” to take advantage of. Only the Triune Godhead is Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent. The evil one needs technology to accomplish these things.
The above quote is from a blog post I found recently while looking through WordPress. I found it to be so beautifully succinct and worrisome that I had to paste it up and address it.
He begins with a question, asking the reader if they are uncomfortable with AI, drawing on our obvious fear of the unknowable. He calls artificial intelligence “inhuman,” as if it was created from some other source which seeks to take us over, and sure enough he’s pointing to “the evil one,” Satan. Satan doesn’t have the power of god, so he must use man’s technology to increase his power.
Calling AI “inhuman” is an odd thing, seeing as we’re creating it. It’s like calling ourselves “ungodly,” even if you believe god created us. I don’t really like the term “artificial intelligence” anyway, it’s too separate from our own. If we continue to call computer intelligence “artificial intelligence” for too long we will only prolong and worsen our identity crisis through this transition. We will have to realize some day that our intelligence is indistinguishable from our computers and our bodies are indistinct from our technology. Distancing ourselves from “artificial intelligence” leads to the kinds of conclusions quoted above.
If artificial intelligence is seen as separate from our own intelligence, it is a natural ally with the idea of Satan.
The idea of Satan arose as a necessary foil to the God that Christians developed, a God that supposedly was just and all powerful, yet allowed evil. The idea of Satan at its most extreme involves everything that is evil in the world stemming from him, caused by him. The world with this Satan is a constant battle between real, conscious forces of good and evil, a battle which will climax with the apocalypse, Armageddon, the end of times. This kind of thinking led us to believe that dispersed accounts of witchcraft were a worldwide conspiracy by the devil, attacking these women as if they were the devil himself.
What has happened here is that we have taken our powerful ideas of good and evil, which we most certainly project onto the world, and our powerful minds have seen everything that is good as connected in some way, and everything that is evil as connected in some way: they correlate. Unfortunately, many have missed the causation, assuming that it is unified in one evil entity, not merely distributed among everyone. This frame of mind is exactly the same one which leads many with spare time to concoct fantastic conspiracy theories, explanations for how disparate events are related, caused by an underlying evil entity. Today these entities are usually corporations, organizations, or people: not Satan, but the mindset is exactly the same.
I stumbled on another WordPress blog in a similar vein to the one reposted above. It was a man talking about the transition to the information age and the decomposition of our selves into information, all as part of a conspiracy of the illuminati to create a new world order and control everyone’s mind. Once again our own accomplishments are flipped over and blamed on an evil entity.
There is so much to fear with this transition: the dissolution of our identity and the acceptance of non-biological consciousness will be the most traumatic transition in our history. Pretty much everything we have to fear, however, is fear itself: the fear that is present in those who watch for the rise of Satan, the illuminati, or whatever other evil entity can be ascribed to what I consider to be my god.
I fear that the fear of Satan’s conspiracy will continue and even strengthen as we begin to watch others behave in ways that seem as if they are controlled by a higher power. I fear that many Christians and conspiracy theorists will believe that Armageddon has come and take it upon themselves to terrorize members of the hive mind. They will fight what they see as the devil coming to power, and all they will be fighting is heaven on earth, all they will be fighting is themselves. every time we blame a conspirator for our problems we deny that we are the problem, that we need to fix ourselves, not everything we deem as “other.”