Prophecy Sign: The increase in knowledge, (Image of the Beast)
Strong's definition of the Greek word Eikoni, (image), can include 'replication'. Given that the future 'image of the Beast' can both speak and cause an event, (people to be killed), it would seem that this image is far more than a simple projection or picture. The current race to artificial intelligence which can be incorporated into both computers and robotics, might be a good explanation as to what the future image of the Beast may be.
The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. Revelation 13:15 NIV
Bill Gates on AI doomsday: ‘I don’t understand why we aren’t concerned’
Artificial intelligence poses a real threat to humankind, Bill Gates warns, and he “does not understand” those who are not concerned with this notion. But Microsoft’s head of research, Eric Horvitz, says the fears are exaggerated. Gates has joined the camp of experts like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk who believe that further development of artificial intelligence could endanger our civilization. As someone who has been at the cutting edge of technological progress for the last 40 years, Gates was asked on his Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit about “machine superintelligence” posing an“existential threat” to us all.
His answer was as follows: “I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that, though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don't understand why some people are not concerned.”
Artificial Intelligence and The Future of Life
At a recent conference in
Puerto Rico, The Future of Life Institute (FLI)
released an open letter addressing the opportunities and challenges
presented by the potential of artificial intelligence (AI): “There is now a
broad consensus that AI research is progressing steadily, and that its impact
on society is likely to increase. The potential benefits are huge, since
everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence;
we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by
the tools AI may provide”
Its members are concerned that as increasingly sophisticated achievements in AI accumulate - especially where they intersect with advances in autonomous robotics technology - not enough attention is being paid to safety. If we can design decision-making machines or robots that are capable of “learning” or self-programmation, they point out, how can we ensure that these devices don’t misinterpret human instruction, intent or vision?
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