Satan’s Conspiracy

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.”



About Prometheus

I write about the coming technological singularity and its implications for our sense of identity, individuality, meaning, and existence. I argue that the most significant aspect of the singularity is the convergence of our consciousnesses into one superconsciousness, and that we should be very happy about this.

Posted on January 27, 2012, in Technological Singularity, Values and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I think that the only real thing to fear about the inevitable and upcoming singularity shift for mankind, is the current prevailing mentality being applied directly to it.
    Sure some of us understand that complex is better, and seek out details as such, but i fear that most people — mostly those who rely on TV, advertisements, sports and groups alone for killing their time and days — find it hard to embrace complex ideas (ever try to explain a quasar to someone “not interested” in science, nary impossible!), because they are so accustom to “Buzz words”, “Catch Phrases”, and instant mental gratification…
    If this is the mentality that makes the shift to the singularity, I fear deeply for mankind’s fate as a merchant among the stars — as his ability to create will be severely hindered in this frame of mind.
    (Not sure if i am explaining this thoroughly enough, but you seem hip to what’s up, and I’m sure you can piece it out without me tagging your comment section even worse than i already have…)

    • yeah, I know what you’re talking about; it seems the smarter our technology becomes the more it gives us an excuse to laze around and be complete idiots. it’s certainly worrisome to hand off such powerful toys and ideas to defunct children.

      I am optimistic that our our pattern of socializing incompetent youth will reverse when our society transitions into the information age. the structure of the industrial nation-state gives a lot of room for people to slack off and also compartmentalizes individuals to such an extent that we become unwilling to perform any task that is “not our job,” life skills that we delegate away. I foresee many more small, decentralized communities in the future which are self reliant, requiring and expecting contribution from all members. I would also think that the structure of the information age would give us more respect for complexity, because understanding it will be vital to succeeding in such an interconnected system.

      I suppose we may always have stupid lazy kids though (or a stupid, lazy part of ourselves to fight). Somehow despite their presence, however, our progress seems to be growing exponentially.

  2. Hah, indeed. There’s just more of us, so that means more visionary’s on the bell curve due to simple volume.And also I agree, this industrial age is killing us right now. We need to re-work so much of society to prep the people, and i worry that the science will beat the shift of mentality in timing. Still though — here’s hoping!

  3. Love the Intel logo …

    I would imagine the use of the term inhuman is not about its origin; it seems rather, to be about its ‘likeness’. You mention the same phenomenon when you talk about the term AI – underlining artificial and emphasizing a distinction you don’t believe exists. The person using the term inhuman (especially in this case) IS speaking out of fear, but it also points to a notion that intelligence or even consciousness is not all there is to humanness. The idea being that the consciousness described differs in some fundamental way from human consciousness. Presumably this would hinge on empathy … at least that’s what I would guess. There is an idea that someone like we are would be more inclined to feel empathy for us.

    I’m not saying that is true – just what I think is involved in that particular fear / word usage.

  4. great post. great blog. I’m totally with you on this. I’ve always thought its interesting how this sort bio-luddite thinking make for strange bedfellows -christians cosying up with back-to-nature ‘anarchists’ and such. people with apparently opposing views orbiting around the idea of the posthuman. I think you’re correct in that fear is the key to this. One man’s transcendental dissolution of ego is another man’s psychotic break after all. I do think there is something in the idea of the ‘inhuman’ in Lyotard’s sense of the term though. the posthuman doesn’t exist in a vacuumm; there are people in power who are ignorant of these issues but still in a position to make decisions about them and that’s something worth considering. Unless we take the view that the universe, wanting to become fully conscious of itself, is the one really ‘behind’ such developments anyway, in which case the corridors of power are merely populated with unwitting pawns. At any rate, I look forward to hearing more from your blog. And thanks for liking my post too!

  5. I had not yet seen things from that perspective. Thank you very much for your insight on this matter, as it really does help me understand a few things. It is interesting to think about it as a shift in blame from ourselves to something else.

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