Light for the Last Days

Signs of the Times – April 2018

A.I. will be ‘billions of times’ smarter than humans.

Artificial intelligence (AI) could be “billions of times smarter” than humans and people may need to merge with computers to survive, a futurist told CNBC.  Speaking on a panel hosted by CNBC at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Futurizon’s Ian Pearson’s comments mirrored ideas put forward by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

“The fact is that AI can go further than humans, it could be billions of times smarter than humans at this point,” Pearson said. “So we really do need to make sure that we have some means of keeping up.  The way to protect against that is to link that AI to your brain so you have the same IQ… as the computer. I don’t actually think it’s safe, just like Elon Musk… to develop these superhuman computers until we have a direct link to the human brain… and then don’t get way ahead.”

Musk, who has warned about the power of AI in the future, said humans and machines must merge to still be relevant with the advent of more powerful technology.  “Over time, I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk said in February 2017.  “It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.”

Musk has founded a start-up called Neuralink that is aimed at just that.  Pearson said that some jobs that don’t require humans will disappear. AI and the impact on jobs has been a big theme at the World Government Summit this year.  Sebastian Thrun, the CEO of education start-up Udacity, and one of the pioneers of Google’s driverless car project, told CNBC that AI will turn us into “superhuman workers.”

Anthony Levandowski, a businessman and inventor, working on driverless cars with Uber company, isn’t making do with just thinking about AI for the roads. He believes that in the future the intelligent computers will be more than just an integral part of our lives – they will become our gods.

In September it emerged that Levandowski hasn’t let a huge lawsuit stop him from registering a new church called Way of the Future. According to the church’s documents, it was established as a nonprofit and will focus on the realization, acceptance and worship of a Godhead based on AI developed through computer hardware and software, as reported by Mark Harris in Wired magazine in November.

‘It’s not a god in the sense that it makes lightning or causes hurricanes. But if there is something a billion times smarter than the smartest human, what else are you going to call it?’ Levandowski asked Harris, and added, ‘If you ask people whether a computer can be smarter than a human, 99.9 percent will say that’s science fiction. Actually, it’s inevitable.’

Could this be the way the antichrist gains control of the world in the last days and brings in the mark of the beast system?

Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.  Isaiah 27.6.

Israeli pioneers transformed an arid land into fertile green farmlands. Now Israelis are bringing the gift of water to nations around the world.  The young State of Israel was created on a land with an arid climate and a vast southern desert that comprised over half of the country. These challenges were overcome over the last 70 years through technology, innovative water management and a deep love of the land.

Israelis are now sharing their technology with nations around the world that are also faced with water shortages and arid desert climates.  Israeli technology is being used in the farthest reaches of Africa, making life giving water available to the poorest people on earth.

In Israel’s Negev Desert, Daniel Hillel helped figure out a way to bring water to crops in dry regions, first in the Middle East and then around the world.  Hillel developed ’micro-irrigation,’ which drips in just enough water to keep the soil optimally moist — all day, every day. That differs from traditional irrigation that soaks the ground in intervals, which uses more water.

‘I can’t say that I was the inventor of it, but I was very active on the early stages of it and developing the philosophy of it,’ said Hillel.  Water scarcity plagues farmers across the globe. Hillel’s work has taken him to dozens of countries to promote the water-saving technology.

An estimated 9 billion people will live on the planet by 2050, up 30 percent from today. That will require a massive increase in agricultural output. Micro-irrigation offers one answer, as it dramatically reduces the water needed while boosting production.

Before Hillel was awarded the World Food Prize, nominations for him poured in from Jordan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, a testament to friendships cultivated by addressing shared challenges.  Today, the method is used across the Middle East, as well as across Asia, Africa and the Americas.

While Israel’s enemies devote their energies to killing, hating and destroying, the astonishing creativity and ingenuity of the Israeli people is bringing life and fertility to the nations of the world, in fulfilment of the prophecy in Isaiah, ‘Israel shall blossom and bud and fill the face of the world with fruit.’

God made us male and female.

The Bible warned that a day would come when good was called evil, and evil was called good (Isaiah 5.20).  In other words, a day when reality and truth were turned on their heads. Anyone living in a Western society currently steeped in the transgender phenomenon might understandably think that day has arrived.  

Primary school head teachers in Britain have been told to ‘celebrate’ transgender issues in the classroom to combat prejudice among pupils.  Guidance from the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) says ‘trans perspectives’ must be visible in the classroom to combat prejudice among pupils.  Schools are told to ensure books featuring ‘trans parents’ or ‘celebrating gender identity and difference’ are included in the curriculum for pupils aged four to 11.

This programme has the active support of the government. Speaking at the homosexual lobby’s ‘Pink News Awards’ in London, the Prime Minister Theresa May told the audience that changes will be made to the Gender Recognition Act in order to reflect updated attitudes towards being transgender.  She said: ‘We are pressing ahead with inclusive relationships and sex education in English schools, making sure that LGBT issues are taught well. We’re determined to eradicate homophobic and transphobic bullying. We have set out plans to reform the Gender Recognition Act and streamline and de-medicalise the process for changing gender, because being trans is not an illness and it shouldn’t be treated as such.’

Behind all this is a sinister agenda whose ultimate aim is the imposition of an anti-God ideology on society.   It is a sociological political theory known as ‘Queer Theory’, originally taught by the American philosopher Judith Butler, which regards gender as merely a social construct and nothing to do with the fundamental nature of who we are as human beings.   In other words you are who you think you are, and if you are born with male sex organs but think you are a girl (or vice versa) that is who you are.  This is a basic denial of reality, encouraging children to believe a lie which can be extremely harmful to their development.

The House of Bishops of the Church of England has now affirmed this delusion, releasing an update on ‘Welcoming Transgender People’.  This statement makes it clear that the leadership of the Church of England has capitulated to the transgender ideology sweeping through our society.  The bishops emphasise point 3 of their statement by putting the following statement in bold:

‘The House of Bishops welcomes and encourages the unconditional affirmation of trans people, equally with all people, within the Church, the body of Christ, and rejoices in the diversity of that one body, into which all Christians have been baptised by one Spirit.’

The Bishop’s statement went on to describe gender transition as a ’moment of personal renewal’. Gender transition is actually a moment of personal rebellion against the way the person has been made by God. This should not be celebrated or marked by the church at all, let alone described as a ‘moment of personal renewal.’

This is all part of a madness that is sweeping the western world.  Geneticists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the world’s leading scientific institutes, have demonstrated how false it all is.  They recently published a study showing how many biological differences there are between the male and female of our species. Professor Shmuel Pietrokovski and Dr Moran Gershoni studied 20,000 genes, sorting them by sex, and searching for differences in expression in each tissue.  They eventually found around ‘6,500 genes with activity that was biased toward one sex or the other in at least one tissue, adding to the already major biological differences between men and women.’

This shows that a man is a man and a woman is a woman, not because they feel like one or the other, but because the facts of biology tells us so.  This is not just because of the obvious physical differences in male and female sex organs. Our sexual identity is programmed into at least 6,500 genes in the human body.  

The Bible affirms this by telling us God made us in His image and He made us male and female.  The whole transgender agenda is an attempt by fallen human beings to remake ourselves in our own image and a Satanic attack on the created order which God has put into the world:  

‘In the day that God created man (Adam in Hebrew), He made him in the likeness of God.  He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind (Adam in Hebrew) in the day they were created.’  Genesis 5.1-2. 

The order of male and female is fundamental to God’s creation and the propagation of the human race in succeeding generations.  The Lord Jesus affirmed this as He pointed to the union of a man and a woman in marriage as the basic foundation of society:

‘Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?  So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.’  Matthew 19.4-6.

The difference between male and female is one of the remarkable evidences of God’s design in creation.  It ensures the continuation of the species as man and woman come together, the male seed fertilising the female egg and bringing into the world children to repopulate the world for the next generation.  The growth of the baby in the womb and its birth nine months after conception is one of the wonders of creation which could not possibly have come about by evolutionary chance process. If any part of this incredibly complex process fails, there is no future generation and the species dies out.  

This is in itself another argument against evolution, which sees the complex organs required to sustain life evolving over millions of years.  When it comes to sexual reproduction, any new species supposedly appearing by evolutionary change does not have millions of years to get it right.  If the process does not work perfectly the first time, there is no future generation. Full stop! Genesis 1 tells us that God created all plants, animals and human beings able to reproduce after their own kind, thus ensuring that His created order is able to continue from generation to generation, until the time that He brings an end to time on the earth and the human race.  

The ancient Greek playwright, Euripides, wrote ‘Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad’.  Evidence of a kind of collective insanity is all around us. We know that destruction is not far away when we see the imposition of the homosexual and transsexual agenda on our children.  Jeremiah 25.15-36 indicates this when the Lord says:

‘Take this wine cup of fury from My hand and cause all the nations to drink it.  And they will drink and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them. … Behold disaster shall go forth from nation to nation and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the farthest parts of the earth.  And at that day the slain of the Lord shall be from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth.’

There is one way to escape this judgement that is coming on the earth.  A message which the Church of England’s upper hierarchy seems to want to delete from the agenda altogether, but which is the subject of the first recorded teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel: ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe the gospel.’  Mark 1.15.

‘God commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom he has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.’ Acts 17.30-31.

Tony Pearce

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