I never understood those people who took the Bible literally. It so obviously was not, is not, yet these people are functioning, reasoning, able, they must know they are wrong, but they persist, pretend, why?
I still do not know.
I do know, however, that literally everything in the Bible is being replicated, made real not by God but by humans.
An entity that knows everything you’ve ever done, said, read, watched, knows everywhere you’ve ever been, all those hidden thoughts you tug on late at night, alone, staring in front of a screen?
We are building that.
The Bible is a makers guide.
Those that believed what the Bible says as true are right or soon to be proven right.
An entity that watches over us, always there, to answer our prayers, hear our words? That’s our AI, which responds to our voice or touch. An entity that watches us from the sky, everywhere we go? Now, obvious. Soon, we will look up and drones, probably millions of them, will be looking down at us, into us, every moment of every day.
So much in the Bible has long surpassed understanding.
But we keep inching closer.
A story I wrote, Burn Your Dead, imagines a future world that resurrects human life and where the sky is filled with swarms of drones, watching everyone.
Except — and this I did as a plot twist but I now wonder if it will become fully true — the drones don’t record the resurrected. If there are, say, 5 people standing near, and 2 are of the resurrected class, the drone video, accessible by anyone, anywhere, live or later, will reveal the faces only of the 3 non-resurrected. I didn’t explain how this is done, I don’t know, but I now realize it could be done.
We simply marginalize the unworthy, de-platform the different, silence those who we don’t wish to hear.
This has already begun.
In America’s wealthiest, most elite universities, young men and women are banding together to fight “hate speech” and “fake news” and silence all who they disagree with. Facebook, with over a billion users and many billions in cash, is educating its users on how to spot and erase fake news, which includes none of the mainstream publications that initially labeled President Trump as “literally Hitler.”
Facebook algorithms determine what we see, from whom. Google’s algorithms direct us away from countless sources. How will the all-seeing drones blur our face or not share our location?
We each carry a smartphone with us, everywhere. It knows who we are, where we are, who we are with, what we are doing. What follows? How we feel, perceive, this data likely gleaned from a series of sensors on our flesh and in our bodies.
Will our AI not record — or report — how we feel if our feelings are deemed incorrect, not worth publicizing?
It’s already underway.
We are being taught that our thoughts, feelings, values are — in many ways — unworthy of being embedded into our AI. Biased.
When humans teach computers how to behave, the machines have no choice but to learn from us.
That much is clear in a new study published Thursday in the journal Science that found artificial intelligence replicates the same gender and racial stereotypes we already struggle to control.
Those now in charge of building and extending the planet’s AI believe their biases are worthy of embedding within.
How far can this extend?
If we are going to allow AI to oversee the operation of our world, our work, much of our lives, what else is being taken from us — in the name of fighting bias? And what is lost from an AI constructed solely by humans?
Will we lose the aid that dogs can provide us? Birds? Do they really have nothing to offer, not even our AI? What of the AI the AI creates?
Is it too late to go back and add them in?
This is one of the major flaws of AI, not only that our human biases, which are natural, may be de-linked, but that the AI itself is being taught only by humans.
How did Noah get 2 of all the world’s animals onto the ark? I have no idea, it’s a preposterous tale.
Except, I suppose DNA samples of every known animal could be brought aboard. Science will likely figure out a means of bringing these animals to life via resurrection — using that collected DNA.
The once-impossible to believe is soon commonplace.
We are replicating God but are not god. We won’t be here forever. Our views and values and ideas and hopes are not guaranteed to survive, anyone that suggests otherwise is simply but profoundly wrong. Example: In America, in 2017, if a man cuts off his arm he is locked up, treated for mental disorders. If he cuts off his penis, he is lauded. Those are values that may not stay in place.
It’s up to you to ensure your values survive.
Many are working to make sure they do not.