We are living in exciting times. The Signposts point to Jesus soon return.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Rise of the machines

Prophecy Sign:  The increase in knowledge

The bible contains some very science fiction like prophecies.  For instance, a demonic army unleashed from the abyss of earth, people seeking death but not finding it, and a image of the Antichrist that actually has the ability to speak and can order the deaths of millions who refuse to take a mark.

Only those people alive during the coming Tribulation period will see just what all these prophecies will become and how they will be fulfilled.  One thing is clear, we are at a point in human history when knowledge is increasing exponentially, and humanity could soon be usurped and destroyed by his own mad creations of super intelligence, (the image of the Beast??), among other things.

But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase. Daniel 12:4 NIV

Rise of the machines
They can tackle increasingly complex tasks with an almost human-like intelligence. Microsoft has developed an Xbox game console that can assess a player's mood by analyzing his or her facial expressions, and in 2011, IBM's Watson supercomputer won Jeopardy — a quiz show that often requires contestants to interpret humorous plays on words. These developments have brought us closer to the holy grail of computer science: artificial intelligence, or a machine that's capable of thinking for itself, rather than just respond to commands. But what happens if computers achieve "superintelligence" — massively outperforming humans not just in science and math but in artistic creativity and even social skills? Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, believes we could be sleepwalking into a future in which computers are no longer obedient tools but a dominant species with no interest in the survival of the human race. "Once unsafe superintelligence is developed," Bostrom warned, "we can't put it back in the bottle."

Elon Musk: 'We are summoning the demon' with artificial intelligence
Elon Musk, a chief advocate of cars smart enough to park and drive themselves, continues to escalate his spooky speech when it comes to the next level of computation -- the malicious potential of artificial intelligence continues to freak him out. "With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon," Musk said last week at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department's 2014 Centennial Symposium. "You know all those stories where there's the guy with the pentagram and the holy water and he's like... yeah, he's sure he can control the demon, [but] it doesn't work out." This has become a recurring theme in Musk's public comments, and each time he warns of the AI bogeyman it seems even more dire.

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