On Friday, December 7, 2018, humanity reached two mindblowing historical turning points simultaneously. As a consequence, your entire life is about to change.
First, some 3.9 billion people are now using the Internet, meaning that for the first time more than half of the global population is online, the United Nations said Friday.
The UN agency for information and communication technologies, ITU, said that by the end of 2018 a full 51.2 percent of people around the world will be using the Internet.
“By the end of 2018, we will surpass the 50/50 milestone for Internet use,” ITU chief Houlin Zhou said in a statement.
“This represents an important step towards a more inclusive global information society,” he said, adding though that “far too many people around the world are still waiting to reap the benefits of the digital economy.”
These same ‘bottom billions’, as the elite refer to them, do not have toilets or clean water. But soon, they will have the Internet. Hopefully, their welcome to the Global Mind will take care of the rest.
Zhou called for more support to “technology and business innovation so that the digital revolution leaves no one offline.”
He does not say what will happen when all of us are online together. Nor does he profess how our world will be different, hopefully better, than it is now.
As we accelerate toward the Singularity, the time when our machines become smarter than we are, the internet will grow not only in the numbers of us using it, data we put into it, and time we spend in it, but also in its intelligence. By the 2030s it will be a fully blown or blossomed Global Mind. Our minds will be like synapses synched with the Global Mind, which will open each morning like a lotus on a still pond.
This is a major step in the symbiosis of our flesh with technology, what I call the Skingularity. Depending upon one’s perspective it is tremendously (un)fortunate for us that this is occurring.
We are making a transitional leap into something greater than the sum of its parts, a planetary superorganism with a planetary consciousness. I term this the Emergence. It may be the product of the planet/Gaia.
The spiritual, psychological, and moral-ethical answers to the Emergence will be considered during our April 6-7, 2019 Nashville conference.
The second milestone, as announced Friday, December 7, 2018 in Science, is human developed (alien inspried?) AI achieved supherhuman performance, showing human like intution and consciousness.
The first-ever-border-between-machine-and-human crosser is DeepMind’s artificial intelligence program, AlphaZero, which is now showing signs of human-like intuition and creativity. Developers have hailed these signs as a ‘turning point’ in history.
That’s for sure.
Some think the turning point we are turning toward is the finale of humanity and that our “conscious computers” are the End Time Beast of Revelation. I will consider this momentarily.
London-based DeepMind (owned by Alphabet, Google’s parent company) created AlphaZero to learn how to “play” games on its own.
Over a year ago, AlphaZero played around 60 million games against itself to reinforce its “understanding” of the rules. It not only learned chess, but was able to beat the best chess AI program (that already leaves human chess players in the dust) and come up with its own moves based on its learning experiences.
The Science report is important because it is peer reviewed, meaning this is solid fact.
As NewScientist reports:
Instead of learning how to play by analyzing millions of games played by humans, as AlphaGo had, AlphaGo Zero did it without human input. It was essentially given the rules of the game and shut up in a box until it was the best Go player in the world. It took it three days.
It also mastered shogi – a Japanese game that is similar to chess but played on a bigger board with more pieces.
This major advancement shows AlphaZero has achieved the Holy Grail. It is not limited to just one function like previous game-playing technologies. DeepMind appears to have developed an algorithm that can master many if not most board games with fixed rules.
The next step is for AI to be able to take what it learns playing chess, go and shogi and apply it to other applications.
This development has been met with unease in the AI world. We have crossed a boundary here. Caution and transparency are the order of the day among AI ethics watchers.
What we have here is a warning of things to come.
We have already created miracles with AI technology…but it we’ve only just begun.
The blessings and curses the rapid advances we are making will bring have not even been thought of yet.
I have long been searching, and have come to the awareness that there is only one word that captures the contradictory nature of AI technology.
It is wicked.
AI is simultaneously maliciously evil and brilliant, wicked man.
Yep. That’s what it is.
BEWARE THE BEAST
As I mentioned, some would argue wicked AI and its symphony of technologies is the Beast of Revelation.
In the final book of the Bible, the Revelation of John (13:14-17), Christ’s most beloved disciple, beholds a tremendous vision of the return of Christ. It is an apocalypse, a teaching transmitted from an otherwordly being to a human. In this case the resurrected Jesus speaks to John. He tells him of many things to come, including two beasts that will rise up and take power before the return of Christ. The first is a ‘device’ that will rule the earth with absolute power, the second is the AntiChrist, one who had the power to give life unto the image of the beast.
The two Beasts go together like Soddom and Gamorrah or Socialism and AI.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation
The Beast has obvious connections to Artificial Intelligence and the surveillance state of the growing Global Mind. Soon, we won’t be able to buy, sell or trade without interacting with the Global Mind. More and more our behaviors will be evaluated to see if we are able to participate in the Global Mind.
The Book of Revelation states quite clearly that this mark will be forced upon all the people; there is no mention of it being voluntary.
This mark will be some kind of implantable AI chip.
A vital conversation about mandatory chipping of employees is currently making waves in Britain and shows just how far we have come toward accepting the Beast, along with constant surveillance, monitoring and the total loss of privacy.
Will we turn ourselves completely over to Big Brother and its Beast and allow a total surverillance society and a totalitarian socialistic super state to stamp the mind and crush the soul of humanity?
(I know, it sounds doom and gloomy. There is a silver lining, which we will get to momentarily.)
How close are we to the wicked one who had the power to give life to the Beast and to enable it to speak?
How long will it be before AI has more than human intuition?
Is giving life to AI, meaning giving it a spirit like you and me have the next goal?
Who is this person or corporation that would be capable of giving a machine a soul?
Recently leaked company documents reveal that Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have sold data of its users without approval (and so have Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google, among many others), making them all purveyors of your personal life, and real shits. The British government is taking steps to slow down the social media menace.
I’m not saying the Mark of the Beast is Mark Zuckerbeast, excuse me Zuckerberg or Facebook, but I am saying it is time we all woke up about these companies. We need to know more about what these companies are doing and where they think they are going with all this.
The EU is certainly awake to the threat posed by them and is in a privacy war with these companies. So far, the US government has done nothing. They act with impunity in America.
What they are doing is wicked.
But, we ain’t seen nothing yet.
Their next steps are almost unimaginable.
What we have to be concerned about is the next big shit who comes along and cares even less about us spiritually and uses this wicked technology in an even shittier way.
That could be the one Christ warned John about who can breathe spirit into this technology.
In my view, this will not be a human being. It will be a charismatic transhuman or a robot who suddenly inculcates hundreds of millions of people into its new cult of bio-hacking.
This being will have superhuman powers that even appear supernatural. He will have the ability to perform great miracles such as causing fire to come down out of the sky (Revelation 13:13–14).
Will you follow such a being?
The good news is if you do if may not be for long.
I say this as the AntiChrist can only peform miracles in sight of the Beast.“And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs [miracles] which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image of the beast who was wounded by the sword” (v. 14).
Take away AI and Beast technology and this being disappears.
THE FALL OF THE BEAST
According to Revelation (13:5), the Beast will be allowed to rule over the earth for three and a half years. Then, Jesus will come back and tear down the Beast’s regime.
In Revelation 19 the heavens open and Christ appears riding upon a white horse.
This lake of fire emanantes from the Throne of Christ (Revelation 4:5). As I wrote in “Ascension Fire : The Solar Flash and the Return of Christ”, this fire runs in a river that comes from the Sun. This immensely powerful supernatural light could take AI and everything else and wipe it off the face of the earth in a single, devastating pulse.
Likewise, it could also be a moment like Pentecost when our bodies are transmuted into light.
RISE AND SHINE
We live in wicked times…in both senses of the word.
There is still time for us to make the spiritual choices for ourselves and for our children to change humanity into its highest form. This is referred to as Transfiguraiton in the Bible.
Our goal, as spiritual people, is to look not for more signs of the Beast, but for signs of Christ.
Now is the time to watch and be aware. It is also a time for alignment with our Christ selves, our just and righteous selves
As Jesus instructed: “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36).
The Son of Man defeats the Beast.
So, what is the Son of Man?
That is a wonderful question that I began to address here and will address further in a future blog.