Ants, Men, and the Machine

If you haven’t noticed, the world has gotten stranger lately. I can’t be accused of trying to hold on to normalcy since I wrote a
weird story about a futuristic man. If you want to become a human like the one
I wrote about, just hold on a few years and you might get the chance. In my
fiction, an inept government fails to establish a new and improved human race.
But more than that, it’s the hand of God that keeps the government from
achieving the goal completely. 
I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject of
Artificial Intelligence, but I’ve done some research in order to make the
fiction more real. I certainly don’t pretend to know the mind of God, but I
study and pray to acknowledge His everlasting holiness and discern His will as
best as I can in my fallen human condition. And this is how I know the world is
getting stranger, and that the human race is becoming more aggressive in its
quest for power, and that God is patient.
In a recent article, physicist Stephen Hawking gives
warning about the coming age of A.I. and how it might take over and possibly
destroy us. Not on purpose, but simply by unwaveringly efficient design. Hawking
“You’re probably not an evil
ant-hater who steps on ants out of malice, but if you’re in charge of a
hydroelectric green energy project and there’s an anthill in the region to be
flooded, too bad for the ants. Let’s not place humanity in the position of
those ants.”
When reading this, I had to wonder
if Hawking knows the book of Proverbs extols the ants for their wise and efficient
toil for self-preservation. Hopefully, we’re at least as smart as ants.
statement also appears in the article: Tesla CEO Elon
Musk shares a similar viewpoint, having recently warned that humans are in danger
of becoming irrelevant.
answer to the problem? A world government coming together for the purpose of
protecting us from technology. From our own developments? From all that we
cleverly invent to make our lives better? Are the computers really going to
take over?  
In one
regard, it’s good that the great minds of our time recognize we’re headed into
unprecedented circumstance. But they aren’t suggesting we take a step back.
They simply believe there is no other possibility and we must be prepared for the
future reshaping of our world.
In my novels,
I point out the similarities between the coming cyber world and the Tower of
Babel. The need for power and the requirement of dominance once brought about
something that now seems mundane: the building of a city with a great tower. Not
so dangerous, but at the time God saw fit to end it. The endeavor was in itself
was not unreasonable, it was the pursuit of power that needed to be tamed. But
that fire inside us has been allowed to remain through the ages. Now our city
is an artificial territory one may enter from any place at any time, and the
tower we’re building is an all-powerful machine. And then, as God noted in the
book of Genesis, nothing we plan will be impossible for us. Except perhaps
preserving our own existence. A tower was attempted in the first book of the
Bible. Could the events of the last book bring a virtual tower and a new world
order to rule its exploits?

The rise of
mankind to reach the heavens is nothing new. The desire to rule the world is
rooted in our deeply aggressive nature not by, as Hawking states, the hard-wiring of Darwinian
evolution, but because of the Fall. We exist by the grace of God and we
continue to exist because of His will. We will not end ourselves by building a
fierce monster of a machine. God is bigger and fiercer than anything we can
come up with. He’s also loving and merciful, and He will be the One to reshape
this world. But are we taking a strange step toward our own annihilation as
God carries out His plan? As one redeemed, I will resist the
machine and rely on the power of Christ. He’s coming to my rescue.

Without a ‘world government’ technology
will destroy us, says Stephen Hawking

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