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AI: More Dangerous Than Nukes?

In the quest for immortality and other high-impact achievements, many scientists and technologists embrace the accelerating growth of Artificial Intelligence. AI, as it is commonly abbreviated, appears to hold much promise. In the past, computers largely operated on a binary-on/off, yes/no-platform and outcome. Artificial Intelligence comes about when computers perform tasks that involve the nuances of perception, patterns and tonality of human speech, optical recognition and inference.

This is a good thing, right? Not according to industry titans like Elon Musk, founder of billion-dollar companies like Testa, PayPal and SpaceX. At the 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference, he publiciy warned:

"Mark my words: AI is far more dangerous than nukes" (March 11).

In a recent documentary, Musk went further. He believes that AI will potentially create the possibility of "godlike digital super intelligence" that, if subverted, "could take over the world ... Then you'd have an immortal dictator from which we can never escape" (quoted at CNBC, April 6, 2018).

Going on, Musk cautions, "If AI has a goal and humanity just happens to be in the way, it will destroy humanity as a matter of course without even thinking about it."

Musk created and founded a company called Neuralink in part to corral and direct AI development in a manner that holds more of a promise of benevolence. Others, together with Musk, call for strict government regulation of AI, particularly in weapons deployment.

The Bible specifically warns that the worst time of conflict and devastation ever is yet ahead of us, when no one would survive if God did not intervene (Matthew 24:21-22). Terrible and destructive use of technology will certainly be a factor in this.

Yet there is good news! God will intervene. To learn more, request or download your free copy of our study guide Are We Living in the Time of the End? at UCG Booklets. Don't get ensnared. Learn what God has in store for you!

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