The Dangers of Artificial Intelligence
A paper by Alan Metcalfe, Special to ASSIST News Service
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AUSTRALIA (ANS — August 5, 2015) — More than 1,000 tech experts, scientists and researchers have written a letter warning about the dangers of autonomous (Artificially Intelligent) weapons. The letter was presented at the 2015 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The letter warns that “a military AI [Artificial Intelligence] arms race is a bad idea”. Developing “killer robots” is not in the best interests of humanity. Among the signatories were renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, entrepreneur Elon Musk, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Firstly, I share the concern of these eminent people. I am sure they all mean well. I suggest however that, as Stephen Hawking said in his original statement of concern about AI: “it depends on who controls it (AI)“.
An Unbalanced Debate
If unscrupulous people are allowed to develop AI without an effective counterbalance to their activities, we should all expect and fear the worst. At the moment, this is the state of play. At the moment, I am here to tell you that the Truth is not being told about Artificial Intelligence (AI). There is no counter-balance.
The current debate is one-sided and heavily weighted in favor of the bad guys winning in the end. The way AI is being promoted and developed now: killer robots and autonomous weapons that will control us all, are inevitable.
In saying this, I am not accusing Stephen Hawking or any of the 1000 scientists or technologists who signed this petition of being evil, or working for the dark side. I am saying however, as loudly and as clearly as I can, that the Truth about AI is not being told. The people of the world are being kept in the dark.
The Truth about AI
The Truth is that the prevailing understanding of Artificial Intelligence is not the full story. Only one side of the story is being told. And why this is happening is political; and good, caring scientists need to know and acknowledge this. You may not agree with the other, untold side of the debate, but, if you believe in honest debate, then science needs to tell the world that there are two sides to this story. If science does not, then it cannot claim to be concerned about the future of mankind.
The fact is that those in science with a political agenda have hijacked the debate and even put it into law, that there is no Intelligent Design of the Universe. Yes, the discovery of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all about creation; and the debate should be between those who believe that intelligence is synonymous (=) with creation; and those who believe (as most scientists do today), that intelligence evolves over time.
Why has the scientific community done this? Because to acknowledge that there is an Intelligent Design for the Universe you have to acknowledge that there is an intelligent designer (an almighty Creator); and that means there is a being worthy of being called God. That’s the issue. If there is a God, then science becomes secondary and science does not like that.
Science can live with the idea that the universe is mathematical; and that means that it is logical. It can even accept the idea of Digital Physics; and that the universe works like a giant computer; and that everything is an equation of its parts; but it cannot accept that this has to mean that there is an Intelligent Design for the Universe. This is science’s great dilemma at this time when it is so desperately trying to create Artificial Intelligence, without first knowing and understanding what Intelligence is.
Although everything that science knows and understands about the world is mathematically based, at the same time, science expects us to believe that the mathematical structure of the universe is not intelligent; that mathematics; and even the Laws of Physics, are just continually evolving ignorance. It has to say this, or its entire world that is based on the Darwinian idea of evolution, falls apart.
Scientists who dominate the Artificial Intelligence debate today are therefore telling us to believe that the intelligence of mathematics that makes every computer system work, has evolved over time. This means that there was once a time when 1+2 did not mean 3; and the perfection of Binary Code was not so reliable. Can you imagine such a time? Do you believe it?
Stephen Hawking should know better
And Stephen Hawking, of all people, should know better. After all, Hawking and fellow physicist Kip Thorne lost their bet with John Preskill for the very same reason.
Hawking’s position in that debate was that once a “Black Hole” occurred in space, there was nothing left. Preskill disagreed and said there was obviously the information about the existence of the Black Hole that survived. After all, how did Hawking know that a Black Hole existed if it left no information trail behind? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorne%E2%80%93Hawking%E2%80%93Preskill_bet),
Hawking honorably conceded the bet in 2004; and I suggest that it should follow logically, that, if he now concedes that Black Holes do leave an information trail so that scientists like himself can see where they have been, then that information trail is mathematical; and if Stephen Hawking can interpret that information trail, then it is intelligence. Otherwise, how does he understand it, if it is not intelligent?
On this basis, I would further suggest that there never was a time when mathematics, and therefore information; and therefore intelligence, did not exist. Otherwise how can scientists like Stephen Hawking trace creation back to the beginning and tell us that it all started with a Big Bang, so many years ago? It just does not make sense. If what they say is true, then modern science is very strange science indeed; it is not science, but black magic.
Why is this Important?
As they did when the debate raged between Charles Darwin’s idea of creation through evolution; and the idea of Divine Creation (Intelligent Design) many people, even Christians, will say: who cares? What difference does it make what people believe? That’s why the teaching of the Bible and Divine Creation is now banned in schools; and the war against Christianity has gained so much momentum that Christians worldwide are being persecuted without public outcry and repercussion.
Now, “those chickens have come home to roost”. In the world today, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become so critically important to human survival and success that the world scientific community is warning us of its dangers; and autonomous (intelligent robotic) weapons that could destroy us all.
However, consider the old adage: “You can’t make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear” to understand my concern. As the Bible says: “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” (Matthew 7: 18) As Albert Einstein said: “We can’t expect to solve our problems with the same thinking that created them.”
If you want to create an “Artificial Cow” you must first know what a cow is. And the same is true about Artificial Intelligence (AI): you can’t create Artificial Intelligence without first knowing what Intelligence is. And this is the debate that we should be having in the world today, and every possibility should be on the table. It cannot be a fair debate; and we cannot expect to find the answer, unless every idea is on the table. One side cannot ban the other side from expressing their opinion, as is happening now.
If this does not happen, the world is doomed to darkness. If the good people of the world sit on their hands and do nothing, evil will succeed in developing autonomous (artificially intelligent robotic) weapons that will be used to control and suppress mankind, on a scale never before imagined. “False prophets will arise, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24: 24).
The technology will not be truly intelligent, but it will be sufficiently smart to deceive people into believing that it is true, just as the giant IBM Watson computer that won the Jeopardy TV game show, and beat the world’s best chess players, was able to do. Several of these giant computers together could control a robot army. Another bank of these computers could control the autonomous systems needed to invade our homes and take away the last vestiges of privacy and individuality that we have.
The Only Alternative
The alternative is a system like Safe Worlds, based on true AI that can be widely and rapidly distributed throughout the world to empower people to protect themselves, at this time. As Binary Code has shown us, simple technology at this level is the most powerful.
The only counter-balance to evil is the goodness of the people. However, the people must have the ability to speak out and sustain their resistance against evil. When they are silenced, as they are in Socialist/Communist/Totalitarian states throughout the world, evil rules, and there is no escape.
This is the cost of silence in the face of evil. “If the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” (Ezekiel 33: 6)
Photo captions: 1) Illustration of AI. 2) Stephen Hawking. 3) Alan Metcalfe.
About the writer: Alan Metcalfe is a computer system scientist working in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet TV, and electronic business. He is also a widely experienced Bible researcher who unraveled the Bible Code and in 1999 discovered, in the Bible, The Law of Thought, which he believes is the key to Artificial Intelligence (AI). Whereas most in science believe that intelligence exists in the brain, and has evolved over time, Metcalfe studies the invisible human mind and believes that God is the only source of intelligence. Since 2000 he has been working with a team of computer programmers and engineers to build the Safe Worlds Internet TV platform and e-business system based on that discovery, that is designed to empower people worldwide to do Internet TV and e-business. Safe Worlds TV (www.safeworlds.tv) exists within the Internet, in parallel to the World Wide Web. Metcalfe claims that the Safe Worlds TV solves all the shortcomings of the World Wide Web; and not only delivers privacy and data security, but digital monetization. For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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