Ready or Not the Age of Artificial Intelligence is Here


In the blink of an eye, we've seen robots begin to take over the workplace: robots for packing and shipping boxes at Amazon, robots for hospital care, robots for dentists, first responders, truck drivers, battle fields, and office buildings. New American writer Dennis Behreandt highlights in the AI print issue that: "Government too, is beginning to benefit from AI, naturally enough at the expense of citizen privacy." Through fingerprint identification and facial recognition, the U.S. federal government has been unaccountably collecting massive databases of your private information, turning AI into a very dangerous powerful aspect in today's world. Elon Musk, technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer, expressed his concerns with AI at a tech conference in Texas: "I am really quite close, I am very close, to the cutting edge in AI and it scares ... me. It's capable of vastly more than almost anyone knows and the rate of improvement is exponential …and mark my words, AI is far more dangerous than nukes. With Stephen Hawking, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Oxford's Nick Bostrom agreeing with Mr. Musk and expressing similar concerns, one might question humankind's invention. Mr. Behreandt does the same in the cover story: If we are already having difficulty understanding the limited AI of the present, how can we hope to understand, much less control, the increasingly intelligent AI of the near future? And should we create machine intelligence that exceeds our own, as ours exceeds that of the cockroach? One also should start to wonder, by replicating how the brain works through technology are we attempting to replace God? Christianity Today comments on this in their article: "Does'The Image of God' Extend to Robots, Too?" saying that mere morality isn't enough. Such complicated, uneasy relationships with AI are and will continue to be built on our flawed nature as creators. There is a real danger that humans-as-creators will be selfish and amoral creators, fashioning intelligent designs that exist simply to serve our own interests and desires –or our own sense of right and wrong. The immorality we have wrought on our world will be magnified by AI. Since the fall of mankind, the world has always been influenced by sin. As God's children we naturally want to create, but instead of creating in our own image, we should create in the image of God. By striving for the virtues of morality instead of our own desires, only then will we live in a free and prosperous society. So as technology seems to fly into a new dimension, let's remember the wise words of John Adams: "Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people.