Temptation and weaponry, these seem always advancing.
We can’t imagine all the weapons of the future nor how they will be used.
From the United States Department of Justice, 2017:
John Rayne Rivello, 29, of Salisbury, Maryland, was arrested in Maryland today on a criminal complaint filed in the Northern District of Texas.
According to the allegations in the affidavit filed with the complaint, on Dec. 15, 2016, the victim, who is known to suffer from epilepsy, received a message via Twitter from Rivello. The tweet contained an animated strobe image embedded with the statement, “You deserve a seizure for your post.” Upon viewing the flashing strobe image the victim immediately suffered a seizure.
A gif of a flashing image tweeted.
Used as a weapon.
After a 3 month investigation, the FBI this morning arrested the man who assaulted me using a strobe on twitter that triggered a seizure.
Weaponized gifs, weaponized data, these are only the newest.
Not 20 years ago could anyone have envisioned one of the world’s richest corporations employing people and computers to block pictures of people, pictures often taken with full consent of the person pictured, but now used to hurt, humiliate, embarrass, harass.
Facebook is using its image recognition software to keep users from sharing revenge porn to its different services, including Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, according to a post by CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday morning.
“It’s wrong, it’s hurtful, and if you report it to us, we will now use AI and image recognition to prevent it from being shared,” he added.
Revenge porn is an inappropriate image or video shared online, usually by a former spouse or partner, with the intent of harassing and embarrassing someone.
Weapons to inflict physical pain, emotional pain, destruction of the physical, destruction of the digital.
We are uncovering new methods of seeing, sensing, hearing, touching, expanding and extending our human self and all that we interact with.
What are some obvious weapons?
An upsetting sound that is sent to you — only you can hear it — and that never leaves, not ever, and nobody else can fathom your suffering.
Hacking the sensors in your body to make you always feel just a little tired, your stomach always just slightly upset.
Inserting images into your dreams that do not belong.
Wiping out the entirety of recorded history.
Making it so that no glass responds to your touch.
We seem an endless well of nefarious ideas.
And the devil said…
Matthew, chapter 4:
The devil came to Jesus and said, “if you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread. Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Will we be able to change matter? Turn stones into bread? Could we turn bread — just consumed — into stones?
Certainly, we are nearing the ability of making a spoken word a weapon. Just imagine speaking a command into Alexa, 2024, and what can be made to happen halfway across the world at that moment.
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
I wonder when we will have the means to strap some device onto a person, hurl them off a skyscraper, bring them to a halt in mid-air, and demand they comply with our wish. If they comply, they float to the ground below. If not, the plummet to their death begins again.
Up until only 100 years ago, the entirety of the planet which read the Bible either believed that God’s power was real or not, but could not fully fathom the powers clearly detailed inside.
Genesis, chapter 19: “’Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!’ But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.”
Who but the Lord could destroy an entire city?
Nobody could know. Not until our grandparent’s lifetime.
Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.
Another Biblical fiction made real by humans. Weapons from the sky that can destroy an entire city and all living things within.
I worry what’s inside the Bible that I’m missing, the weapons that I now gloss over as fiction or godly magic. Because humans copy, bit by bit.
The Bible is a makers guide. I think I wish it wasn’t.