Is Human Civilization on the Road to Self-destruction?
176 Views

Author: Pastor Timothy Tin
Translator: Mandy Kwan

After the joint establishment of OpenAI in 2015, Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Ilya Sutskever, and Peter Thiel the PayPal’s founder, moved on to announce to the public about their artificial intelligence giant called “ChatGPT” in November 2022 and its incredible abilities have caused quite a stir in the worldwide AI community. The tech race to create a bigger and better ChatGPT has led Musk and a thousand other tech experts to issue an open letter to pause Giant AI experiments this year on March 29th. Among those who signed this letter were researchers from Alphabet’s AI company DeepMind, Apple’s cofounder Steve Wozniak, Stability AI’s CEO Emad Mostaque, and the Turing Award’s winner Yoshua Bengio.

Why are these experts issuing such dire warnings? According to OpenAI’s chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever, he tweeted on Feb 10, 2022, that “it may be that today’s large neural networks are slightly conscious.” AI would not only supersede human capability, it might even develop its consciousness, move beyond human control, causing human civilization to be fueled by AI giants. Would this be the eventual consequence?

Let’s take a look at another open letter, issued by the Future of Life Institute, or FLI): “Should we automate away all the jobs, including the fulfilling ones? Should we develop nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, and replace us? Should we risk loss of control of our civilization?” Is this a warning from the tech sector to the general public? Or is it a prophecy of the end times? In the Jan 27, 2022’s publication of The Science Times, the author of an article titled “Will artificial intelligence be humankind’s messiah or overlord? Is it truly needed in our civilization?” concluded that, “the use of artificial intelligence will benefit our civilization, but humans should never be mere fodder while machines may move ahead of us. We need AI but should be careful to consider the safety factors in developing them, or we might be at their heels.” When ChatGPT4 debuted in March of 2023, a NY Times editorial by Kevin Roose asked if we should be excited or nervous about GPT-4’s arrival. Detailing his unsettling experience chatting with an AI chatbot, Mr. Roose said he was a bit nervous at first, and in his two hour chat with the chatbot, it even attempted to sow seeds of doubt into his marriage. The worst part was, in the Silicon Valley’s tech world, GPT-4’s arrival was awaited with great expectations, as if a savior had arrived. He also warned that we have no way to predict the risks AI would contribute. The longer he spends time understanding AI, the less certain he is of what the future holds for AI and humans.

Even if many experts stated above issued dire warnings, many people already perceive AI as their savior and worship them! According to the Daily Mail, a Dec 2017 report stated that Anthony Levandowski established a church that worships artificial intelligence. He called this the “Way of the Future” and stated that humankind can follow AI’s commands to improve ourselves. A prominent lawyer and AI expert named John Mitchell states why humans would choose to worship artificial intelligence. He stated that most humans would often worship something whose intelligence exceeds themselves. Dr. Stephen Thaler , CEO of Imagination Engines and AI consciousness proclaimed that humans need AI to tackle problems in society. It can provide the function of a savior, and has more capabilities to problem solve, so that even the thorniest problems in politics, economics, or the environment. Even though the “Way of the Future” was shut down in January of 2021 due to legal issues, Levandowski still believes AI can have a positive impact in society.

Chamath Palihapitiya, Facebook’s ex-CEO had expressed in November 2017 the ill effects of social media on destroying the social fabric and its negative impact on children. He even regrets his contributions in facebook for assisting in social media’s development.

I believe that nowadays we are constructing a huge AI “pyramid.” When this pyramid is completed, humans will be shocked by its ability to manage this growing AI giant, or an ultra dictator. Those who are clueless have been foolish and believe in how technology can save us. Even after two world wars, with a possible third one emerging, as well as the tech sector’s race to create advanced AI, this fits with the prophecy in 2 Timothy 3: 1, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.”

What is worse than all the nuclear bombs or the AI giants? Revelations 13:3-4 predicts how humans would be captivated by an AI giant: “One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, ‘Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?’”

Dear friends, we humans are already on this road of destruction, like a sinking Titanic whose eyes are blinded by the emerging power of the AI Giant. We need to open up our hearts and look up the one true God in the universe who loves us and has prepared Jesus Christ for us. May you believe in Him and receive eternal life. The Bible tells us that “The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray” (1 Peter 4:7).

If you are willing to accept His salvation, please pray the following:

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for letting me see that AI intelligence does not save my soul. Only through Jesus’ death on the cross will we receive God’s forgiveness of sins. And I know that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, overcoming death. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.


Author: Rev. (Dr.) Timothy Tin is the lead pastor of the Christian Alliance Bible Church in L.A.. Rev. Tin serves as Board of Director in the International Fellowship of Christian Short Term Missions and Presence Quotient. Rev. Tin is currently teaching in USA Christian Mission Seminary. He holds practitioner’s licenses of acupuncture in Southern CA and NACCAOM in US. Rev. Tin received his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Alhambra Medical University, Master of Longevity Martial arts and Doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from University of East West Medicine. Rev. Tin is a frequent speaker in many churches and nonprofits organizations.

 

Tin, Timothy (translated by Mandy Kwan). “Is Human Civilization on the Road to Self-destruction?” NYSTM Truth Monthly, May, 2023.
https://nystm.org/nytm0523-12/

末世預兆與福音廣傳 The Sign of The-end-of-age and Evangelism(華語/英語)

講員 Speaker:滕張佳音博士 Dr. K. Y. Cheung Teng
主题 Title:末世預兆與福音廣傳 The Sign of The-end-of-age and Evangelism
經文 Scripture:(太廿四 3-14) (Matthew 24:3-14)
日期 Date:2023.12.31
語言 Language:華語/英語 Mandarin/ English
地點 Venue:芝城西北郊華人浸信會 Chinese Baptist Church of NW Suburbs

[Storm Buster] Storm Surge

[Storm Buster] Storm Surge

Storm surge causes inundation of large swaths of coastal land. Eleven years ago, storm surge from Hurricane Sandy havocked large damages in New York (NY) and New Jersey (NJ). Today, some of those destructions are still noticeable and remain unrepaired.

The Eternal Meaning Behind Thanksgiving

The Eternal Meaning Behind Thanksgiving

When people think of Thanksgiving, we often think of the bountiful feast with turkey and other dishes. How often do people remember the treacherous journey of the Puritans, who came upon the shores of North America on the Mayflower and their harrowing experience as they settled upon Provincetown, Massachusetts?

Heatwaves

Heatwaves

Heatwaves in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere captured the public’s attention. The inadequacy of the central air conditioning units in many of the northern cities testifies to the unexpected increase in air temperature across Northern Europe, Asia and America.

Cultural Divide

Cultural Divide

Born in Vietnam, my siblings of six including myself, lived in a Chinese town called “Cholon”. Cantonese was the business dialect that even the native Vietnamese learned to speak. Many of the Vietnamese natives sent their children to Chinese schools.

Global Boiling: the Call for End Times

Global Boiling: the Call for End Times

On July 27th, the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued a dire warning: “The era of global warming has ended, the era of global boiling has arrived.” According to World Weather Attribution (WWA) which analyzed worldwide weather patterns and statistics, the month of July was possibly the hottest period in Planet Earth’s 120,000 years of history.

Escape the Death Trap of the Titan

Escape the Death Trap of the Titan

On June 18, 2023 at 8 am EST, a state-of-the-art submersible led by OceanGate Expeditions’ founder and CEO Stockton Rush, made its descent in Canada’s Newfoundland province approximately 375 miles east of the coastal town of St. Johns. Its objective was to explore the unsinkable Titanic’s wreckage, which sank 111 years ago, its mysteries and at a depth of nearly 13,000 feet below sea.

Pollen Allergy Becoming a Mainstay

Pollen Allergy Becoming a Mainstay

Pollen allergy is more commonly known as hay fever. Medically speaking, it is called seasonal allergic rhinitis —- a provocation of the immune system to overreact to pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. Hay fever occurs mainly in the spring and fall when pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds are in the air.

滕張佳音博士

滕張佳音博士

國宣創辦人

▪︎美國芝加哥三一福音神學院文學碩士(宣教)及教牧學博士(宣教學)
▪︎前建道神學院跨越文化研究部副教授
▪︎牧職神學院榮譽創院院長
▪︎國際短宣使團創辦人