Marrying Robots? It Could Be on the Horizon (in fact, it’s already here)
The Image of the Beast
Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. (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.
If you are a first time reader, I suggest that you read Singularity and The Image of the Beast about man merging with machines and Genetic Armageddon about man’s DNA being altered. Together they show scientists are on the verge of creating a transhuman: a beast that is part human and part something else. Creating a transhuman is right on top of us!
I believe that tampering with the integrity of man is a KEY sign of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. God will put a stop to this at His return. It appears from Revelation 13:15 that man will succeed in creating a transhuman, which the Bible calls “The Image of the Beast.” What I am posting is NOT science fiction.
From charting the advancement toward a transhuman being, it is possible to get an idea how close man is to God’s judgment. God must stop the creation of transhumans because these creatures are not created in His image and likeness; therefore, they cannot be redeemed through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I do in this blog is keep the reader on the cutting edge of technology advancements that are directly leading to the Image of the Beast. These advancements are reported under headings that include: Computer Brain, Digitized Mind,
Artificial Mind, Robotic Body, Cyborg, Genetic Armageddon, Chimera, and Advanced Technology.
This blog is the complement to the “666 Surveillance System” which focuses on technological innovations leading to the rise of a government so repressive and controlling that it’s called a “Beast” state.
Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Robotics are important because they’re one of the technological avenues that’s leading us toward the “Image of the Beast.” This technology has advanced to the point where robots can almost appear as human females that men want to “marry” although you still can tell that they are robots. The headline for this post is deliberately a bit jarring in order to get your attention, because this is a subject that’s becoming more than science fiction. Yet it seems like either a joke or something from a second-rate movie. No, you can’t legally marry a robot – yet. But it’s coming.
Already we’re seeing “weddings” between humans and robots on programs like Jerry Springer. While that’s the television equivalent to the “National Enquirer” it’s appearing here first only because the idea seems so remote to most of the culture. And these robots aren’t the type we normally think of; they’re more like sex-dolls. But just the idea that even on the fringes of culture this is occurring tells us that it won’t be long until it spreads.
We’ve already seen marriage change from the traditional, millennial-old definition, so that “homosexual marriage” now is legal. And on the heels of that, we’re hearing calls to legalize polygamy. There even are some who would like group marriage or marriage to animals. So can robots be far behind? We’re learning that humans respond to robots designed to look like people or animals in the same way that they respond to the real thing – with emotion, empathy and bonding. That’s what we’re intended to do with the real thing. But this is a perversion of all those natural traits, just as so much else is being perverted in our technological advance.
Although there are many voices raised against AI (artificial intelligence), the technology which even is making this conceivable, among the issues that aren’t being raised much yet is the fallout from human-robot marriage. What would the possible consequences of prodigious marriage between humans and robots be for the culture and for society at large? We’re already witnessing massive disruption due to changing gender roles and strained relationships between human men and women. What would adding the possibility of a “perfect” husband or wife due to those relationships? Wouldn’t many find it far easier to give in to the narcissism that craves an android “Stepford wife” instead of facing the difficulty of dealing with another real person, with wants and needs of their own?
This is just another move toward the eradication of life as God intended it to be when he created the world and human beings. It is another step toward the destruction, not just of natural, physical human forms, but of the soul as well. Below you’ll find articles dealing with the questions that are beginning to be raised by all of this, and naturally, articles in the mainstream press extolling the virtues of these “relationships.” You’ll also find a good video about how the culture already is being transformed deliberately in areas relating to gender roles and our views of traditional male/female characteristics.
Although it gives us something to ponder, it shouldn’t take long for most people to arrive at an answer about this question if they look at it in the overall scheme of things, and in light of the biblical narrative about the creation and its purpose. But be warned, just as they’re working to transform attitudes in every other area of life, so too have they begun with this one. Don’t be surprised if it isn’t long before you start hearing about this in a “normal” context.
Nehemiah 13:27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?
Robotics/ Artificial Intelligence (AI)
“While there are fears robots may rise up to take over the world if artificial intelligence progresses too quickly, some of us may find ourselves simply marrying machines in the future. A leading computer scientist has predicted that as robots become more human-like, people may start turning to them for companionship.
His predictions mirror the plot of the hit TV series Humans, where people formed emotional attachments to robots brought in to help out around the home… ‘We have got to ask ourselves will robots be re-purposed for companionship? Will humans become intimate with robots? The answer, I believe, is yes.
‘Will we start to see people fighting court cases to win the right to marry their companion? We may see court cases arguing that these artificial beings have the same rights as humans. ‘What pressures will this put on the opposite sex. All of a sudden people will find they are not just competing with their peer group, but also this perfect race of robots.’
There has been a growing move towards producing robots that are lifelike in an attempt to help them overcome many of the challenges they would face moving around in the real world. Dr Curran added it was likely the first mass market for robots will be to provide companions for elderly people or minders to look after children on their way to school. However, he explained: ‘We just have to project a few years down the road and we may see robots being re-purposed for sexual purposes.”
…The idea where a human falls in love with a robot may not be that far fetched. A recent study has found that humans have the potential to emphasise with robots, even while knowing they don’t have feelings. It follows previous warnings from experts that humans could develop unhealthy relationships with robots, and even fall in love with them.
The discovery was made after researchers asked people to view images of human and humanoid robotic hands in painful situations, such as being cut by a knife. After studying their electrical brain signals, they found humans responded with similar immediate levels of empathy to both humans and robots.”
Star Trek: What Little Girls Are Made Of The two brief clips below are from the Star Trek episode, “What Little Girls Are Made Of” and they show some of the potential problems of interaction between humans and androids. Although this is science fiction, when we’re talking about artificial intelligence, that is, machines becoming aware and beginning to think for themselves, the scenario isn’t so far-fetched. At the least, this should be a beginning point for consideration of what we’re really doing when we discuss relationships like this.
Should humans be able to marry robots? Are you robophobic? Will this be the new designation for those who won’t go along with human-robot relationships? Will disgust at the thought of marriage or intimacy with synthetic machines be the basis to add another category for condemnation of those deemed “hateful” because they have traditional morals?
“The Supreme Court’s recent 5–4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage raises the interesting question: what’s next on the “slippery slope”? Robot-human marriages? Robot-robot marriages?
Why yes, predicts Gary Marchant on Slate. “There has recently been a burst of cogent accounts of human-robot sex and love in popular culture: Her and Ex Machina, the AMC drama series Humans, and the novel Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” he points out, along with David Levy’s 2007 book, Love and Sex With Robots.
But will the supremes’ decision open the door to robot-human marriage? Marchant explains that the decision was based on an analysis of four “principles and traditions”:
Individual autonomy, the right of each of us to decide our own private choices. Check.
Between “two persons.” “Marriage responds to the universal fear that a lonely person might call out only to find no one there,” the court said. “It offers the hope of companionship and understanding and assurance that while both still live there will be someone to care for the other.” Existing care robots would exceed some people in meeting that criterion. Check.
Marriage safeguards children and families. Could a future robot be an effective parent? Why not? Check.
Marriage is “central to many practical and legal realities of modern life, such as taxation, inheritance, property rights, hospital access and insurance coverage.” Hmm … sounds like a legal/accounting robot would excel in those areas. Double check.
“While few people would understand or support robot-human intimacy today, as robots get more sophisticated and humanlike, more and more people will find love, happiness, and intimacy in the arms of a machine.”
Cure for love: Fall for a robot to fend off heartache This is an article from two years ago, but it raises questions that we all should be asking about how this affects not just individuals but society as a whole. It’s just one more way for man to recreate that which God made in His own image – humankind.
“The people I spoke with would often describe stages of anger, frustration and even a sense of loss about a disabled robot,” says Carpenter. She thinks that robots which resemble humans, appear to be intelligent or carry out tasks we are used to seeing done by people or animals are particularly vulnerable to our affections. “Regardless of how truly ‘intelligent’ the object is, our instinct is to ascribe organic characteristics to things that appear to have autonomy and intent,” she says.
Attachment is one thing, but love? That will come in about 40 years’ time, with improvements in speech recognition and generation technology, says David Levy, AI researcher and author of the book Love and Sex with Robots. “When we can have entertaining, informative, loving conversations with robots, I think people will start to fall in love with them in serious numbers,” he says.
Just consider the fact that people can fall in love over the internet or through phone calls. “It is perfectly possible to feel strongly attracted to someone you’ve never met,” says Alan Winfield…“If a conversational AI is compelling and gives the impression of getting to know you, then you are going to form a bond.”
Levy thinks games like Love Plus are a precursor to fully fledged robot partners that look and behave like humans. After all, he says, some people who own sex dolls feel they are in love with them.
Whether this is a good idea is another matter. Winfield cautions that as the technology improves, we need to make sure people can’t mistake robots for more than the sum of their parts. Turkle also questions whether the developments are advisable. “I think it exploits the fact that we are lonely and we’ll attach to anything,” she says.
But if tech can fill a void, is this exploitation? “There are millions of people who find it difficult or impossible to form good human relationships,” says Levy. For them, loving and sexually capable robots open up a whole new vista, he says. “That will make a large number of people much happier than they are now.”
Days of Noah/ Media/ Prophecy
“Battle of the Sexes” is Over! EVERYONE LOST!! This video, done by KJ of TheScariestMovieEver YouTube channel, is in the form of an Update to our last post, Transgenderism, Androgyny and Occult Godhood yet it ties into the lead topic in this post as well. It explores how roles are being reversed in society, and how factors such as chemicals in our food and water are contributing to the feminization of men. It clearly demonstrates through commercials, how men are being denigrated and shown as inferior to women. With this indoctrination taking place on such a massive scale, is it any wonder some men are turning to robots for companionship?
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence: Gods, egos and Ex Machina This is a VERY secular article that exposes the mindset that we are the ultimate height of creation as it currently exists, but that we can go beyond this because, in essence, we are the gods. It is full of hubris and arrogance, but provides a clear picture of the mindset of those pushing this technological agenda.
“Artificial intelligence is one of the most narcissistic fields of research since astronomers gave up the geocentric universe. A central conceit of the field has long been that creating human-like intelligence is both desirable and some sort of ultimate achievement. In the last fifty years or so, a chain of thinkers from von Neumann to Kurzweil via Vernor Vinge have stretched beyond that, to develop the idea of the ‘Singularity’ – a point at which the present human-led era ends as the first super-human AIs take charge of their own development and begin to hyper-evolve in ways we can scarcely imagine.
This recent cultural obsession – which deserves its own post – prompts a comment by the awestruck Caleb, after Nathan the Mad Scientist reveals his attempt to build a conscious machine and the two helpfully explain to the audience what a Turing Test is: “If you’ve created a conscious machine it’s not the history of man… that’s the history of Gods.” There’s a funny symmetry in our attitudes to God and AIs.
When our species created God, we created Him in our image. We assumed that something as complicated as the world must be run by a human-like entity, albeit a super-powered one. We believed that He must be preoccupied with our daily lives and existence. We prayed to Him and told ourselves that our prayers would be answered, and that if they weren’t then it was part of some divine plan for our lives, and all would work out in the end.
For all that it preaches humility, religion holds a core of extreme arrogance in its analysis of the world. The exact same arrogance colours virtually everything I’ve seen written about the Singularity, fictional or otherwise, for decades. The very assumption that a human could create a god is arrogant, as is the assumption that such a ‘god’ would take a profound interest in human affairs, or be motivated by Western enlightenment values like technological progress. The first sentient machine might be happy trolling chess computers all day, for all we know; or seeking patterns in clouds.”
“Three decades ago, the U.S. government launched the Human Genome Project, a 13-year endeavor to sequence and map all the genes of the human species. Although initially met with skepticism and even opposition, the project has since transformed the field of genetics and is today considered one of the most successful scientific enterprises in history.
Now the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a research organization for the intelligence community modeled after the defense department’s famed DARPA, has dedicated $100 million to a similarly ambitious project. The Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks program, or MICrONS, aims to reverse-engineer one cubic millimeter of the brain, study the way it makes computations, and use those findings to better inform algorithms in machine learning and artificial intelligence…
MICrONS, as a part of President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, is an attempt to push forward the status quo in brain-inspired computing. A great deal of technology today already relies on a class of algorithms called artificial neural networks, which, as their name would suggest, are inspired by the architecture (or at least what we know about the architecture) of the brain. Thanks to significant increases in computing power and the availability of vast amounts of data on the Internet, Facebook can identify faces, Siri can recognize voices, cars can self-navigate, and computers can beat humans at games like chess. These algorithms, however, are still primitive, relying on a highly simplified process of analyzing information for patterns… These algorithms do not generalize well, either. Seeing one or two examples of a dog, for instance, does not teach the computer how to identify all dogs.
Humans, on the other hand, seem to overcome these challenges effortlessly. We can make out a friend in a crowd, focus on a familiar voice in a noisy setting, and deduce patterns in sounds or an image based on just one or a handful of examples. We are constantly learning to generalize without the need for any instructions. And so the MICrONS researchers have turned to the brain to find what these models are missing. “That’s the smoking gun,” Cox says.”
Artificial intelligence needs your data, all of it As usual with the media, the future of any new technology, even AI, is described as rosy. According to them, it will open the door to unimaginable wonders. But if you read this article carefully, you’ll notice that the first thing mentioned is that AI will require massive amounts of data – massive amounts of our personal information. How much is this new technology worth to us (especially when some leading scientists see it as the most dangerous tech advance on the horizon)?
“The artificial intelligence revolution is clearly happening. And it’s super exciting. A.I. will transform medicine, give us all super-smart virtual assistants, fight crime and a thousand things more. But there’s a catch. In order for A.I. to work its miracles, it’s going to need data. Massive amounts of data. And I’m predicting that we’ll willingly give that data. In fact, we’re already starting to.
Do you use Siri, Google Now, Cortana or Alexa? They work by recording your voice, uploading the recording to the cloud, then processing the words and sending back the answer. After you’ve got your answer, you forget about the query. But your recorded voice, the text extracted from it, and the entire context of the back-and-forth conversations you had are still doing work in the service of the A.I. that makes virtual assistants work. Everything you say to your virtual assistant is funneled into the data-crunching A.I. engines and retained for analysis.
In fact, the artificial intelligence boom is as much about the availability of massive data sets as it is about intelligent software. The bigger the data sets, the smarter the A.I. One important area of A.I. innovation is: How do you get enough data? Here’s how Andy Rubin wants to get it…
Remember Andy Rubin? He is the co-founder and former CEO of Android, which Google got its hands on by acquiring his company in 2005. He ran the Android group at Google for years before heading up its robots division and then finally leaving Google less than a year and a half ago.
Rubin now runs an incubator and consulting firm called Playground Global. He’s using that company to work on a variety of projects. One of these is reportedly a dashcam that will be given away for free. In exchange for the free dashcam, users would allow the video and other data to be uploaded and used to feed a massive A.I. system, a “real-time visual map of the world.”
“Just what the world needs, clairvoyant smart phones.
Microsoft is buying SwiftKey in a bid to beef up its artificial intelligence push, according to a Financial Times report filed late Tuesday. A source close to the deal confirmed the basics to Fortune, but said the reported $250 million price is a tad high. The deal is expected to be announced Wednesday.
SwiftKey’s technology sifts through millions of typed-in keyboard combinations and collects that data in hopes of correctly guessing what you’re entering even before you finish typing. It’s like the autofill feature used by many software programs, but much, much smarter.
Microsoft had no comment.”
Revelation 14:9-11 … If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.