Revelation Chapter 13 11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads
In 2014 Physicist Steven Hawking gave the world a grave warning. “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” “It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate,” “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.” Around the same time technology entrepreneur Elon Musk also gave us warning. AI is “our biggest existential threat”. Sounds like science fiction, but how big of a threat is it really?
Just how far are we? The earliest computers consisted of many semi conductor components, such as diodes and transistors to process data. Data was processed in the form of logic, highs and lows, or ones and zeros. In computing, every logic high or logic low is one bit of data. Computers back then were huge, sometimes taking up whole rooms. The Integrated circuit chip changed everything. An IC chip could contain literally thousands of the semi conductor components on one tiny silicon wafer. As IC chip technology progressed, chips got smaller. As such personal computers and other electronic devices got smaller and smaller. We now have more computing power on our smart phones than the first super computers ever dreamt of.
But… What if one bit could be both a high and low simultaneously? Computing speeds would increase drastically. Enter the next phase of computing, quantum computing. A company called D-Wave systems became first company to develop this type of computing. Instead of bits (logic or highs and lows or ones and zero’s), they developed, what they termed, a quantum computer. A quantum computer uses physics to provide an entirely new type of computing using what are called “qubits”. A qubit can exist in two or even more than two states.
D-Wave Systems was only the beginning. In July of 2017 the International Conference on Quantum Technologies was held in Moscow. It was then announced that a Harvard and a Russian team developed the world’s first 51 qubit quantum computer, a larger and more powerful computer than was previously available. Shortly after that Australian researchers, announced the development of an even more advanced qubit (a flip-flop qubit). This means it’s now possible, to manufacture even more powerful and large scale quantum computers. The race is on, companies all over the globe are racing to improve this rapidly growing tech.
In 1997 a super computer named ‘Deep Blue’ Stunned the world when it beat Grand Master Garry Kasparov in a game of chess. In 2011 a super computer named ‘Watson’ competed and won on Jeopardy. The writing‘s on the wall, supercomputers are getting smarter, perhaps even smarter us mere humans. In 2014 Google acquired a British AI company called Deep Mind . With Deep Mind they created a neural network so it could mimic the human brain, mimic human speech and learn to play video games. If all this wasn’t enough in July Facebook disclosed their AI chatbots actually developed and communicated in their own language, one that we humans could not decipher. They promptly shut them down. What if Quantum computing and AI were combined? Not surprising Google is doing just that.
Globally, advancements in computing and AI are increasing at an alarming rate. In September, while speaking to students in Moscow, Vladimir Putin stated AI raises “colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now.” He further warned “the one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world.” Its obvious, military applications are already being developed. Truth is military money have probably funded the lion’s share of AI development just as it had with computing and networking in the past. In response to Putin Elon Musk again warned us again, stating AI would most likely lead to World War III.
Arthur C. Clark once said “Whether we are based on carbon or on silicon makes no fundamental difference; we should each be treated with appropriate respect.” The question remains will AI ever be as smart as humans? Will it surpass us? If so would it be considered sentient? Arthur C. Clark thought so. The threshold when AI will surpass humans is called ‘The Singularity’, and one day it could happen.
This raises yet another question, if AI were smarter than humans, will people worship it? Anthony Levandowski (Google’s self driving car project) thinks so. He’s started a religion called ‘Way of the Future’ dedicated to the worship of AI. Its purpose is to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society.” Combination of AI and religion, no doubt it’s only the beginning.
In addition to AI we have a host of other military tech. Tech that’s either being proposed, or tech whose existence has been revealed, but rarely talked about. Tech such as Advanced AI controlled drones, weather weapons, that the military wants to control by 2025, Space weapons such as SDI, space based kinetic rod weapons, the super secret X-37B spacecraft, and the list goes on. If you think weather weapons are fantasy ask yourself, why has the UN banned their use. If man can conceive it, it will be built, and the military industrial complex that controls everything, loves, loves, loves weapons, especially destructive ones.
In Revelation we read of a beast, who received a deadly wound from a sword and lived. Were then told of a second beast who causes the whole world to worship the first. This second beast will be able to make fire come down from Heaven, and can perform miracles. He also tells the world they should make an image of the first beast and has the power to give this image life and the ability to speak. The whole world is to worship this image or be put to death. This second beast will also cause people to receive the infamous ‘mark of the beast’ as well. What is this ‘image of the beast’?
At this point, we need to ponder a few questions. Could an AI computer network be possessed by Satan himself? We know from Luke 22 that Satan possessed Judas, but could he possess a computer? Many paranormal societies and ghost hunters will tell you, there is a correlation between paranormal spirits (demons) and electricity. If the AI was advanced enough, being possessed by Satan wouldn’t be a stretch. It’s something to think about.
What if this image of the beast was a holographic image, empowered with AI, and possessed by Satan. What if we could download the latest ‘beast’ app to our smart phone or device, and it was capable of projecting its holographic image, as well as recognizing and interacting with you? What if worship of this image is the ‘Way of the Future’? What if this beast, empowered with AI, was connected to our entire existing military weapons grid? What if this image could call down “fire” against anyone who wouldn’t take its mark, bow down to it, or even anyone who might step out of line in some way?
It’s not beyond the realm of possibility.
Calls to mind perhaps Arthur C. Clark’s most famous quote:
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”