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Friday, September 12, 2014

Call it transhuman, posthuman or digital evolution, technology raises new questions

Prophecy Sign:  Increased Knowledge, (Daniel 12:4)

So, if things continue on as they rapidly are, your children will face a future where they will be pressured to enter the world of Humanity 2.0.  Either by means of genetic modification or technological modification,  people will be expected to leave the old paradigm behind and enter the brave new world of Transhumanism.  And along with humans becoming more machine than human, machines will soon become more human than machine, which then beg the question.....will those human like machines become religious?  Perhaps they will become so religious as to be purpose driven zealots seeking to take over the world?

Oh what a bizarre world we now live in.  Will God wait much longer before pulling the plug on all this madness?  We think not.

Call it transhuman, posthuman or digital evolution, technology raises new questions
For transhumanists, it's not if we'll become more than human, it's when. We have the technology. Call it transhuman, call it posthuman, call it a digital evolution, whatever the term that is used to describe the theorized move away from human life as purely biological in favor of the technological has monumental implications for humanity as we know it. Just like how the smartphone has become an extension of ourselves — our "second brain" as the devices are sometimes called — emerging technologies, especially those that directly impact our bodies, offer promise, and depending on how you look at it, peril. But before humanity reaches its brave new world, we have some big concepts to consider.

Genetically Modified Humans? New Gene-Altering Drug Paves Way for Mass Modification
We’ve seen genetically modified mosquitoes, genetically modified plants, and genetically modified cows, but could we soon be dealing with our own genetic alterations – genetically modified humans? As the months and years pass, scientists seem to be getting closer to ‘manufacturing’ humankind, with some of the most recent ‘advancements’ revolving around a new approved drug therapy that is designed to ‘correct genetic errors’.
Although gene-altering drugs are indeed helping to pave the way for further human genetic modification, it is only a single move in the game. Just a few months ago, we reported on the very first group of genetically modified babies being ‘created’ in the United States. The scientists stated that 30 babies were born using genetic modification techniques. In addition, 2 of the babies tested were found to contain genes from a total of 3 different parents. Geneticists state that this genetic modification method may one day be used to create genetically modified babies “with extra, desired characteristics such as strength or high intelligence.”

Would Artificially Intelligent Androids Be Religious Fundamentalists?
James McGrath is a Christian theologian and science fiction fan. So, it was only a matter of time before he began contemplating how a truly self-aware robot would respond to human religious beliefs. Is artificial intelligence compatible with faith—and, if so, should we worry?

Will Superintelligent AIs Be Our Doom?
Every morning Nick Bostrom wakes up, brushes his teeth, and gets to work thinking about how the human species may be wiped off the face of the earth. Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, is an expert on existential threats to humanity. Of all the perils that make his list, though, he’s most concerned with the threat posed by artificial intelligence. Bostrom’s new book, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (Oxford University Press), maps out scenarios in which humans create a “seed AI” that is smart enough to improve its own intelligence and skills and which goes on to take over the world. Bostrom discusses what might motivate such a machine and explains why its goals might be incompatible with the continued existence of human beings.

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