Saturday, August 25, 2012

Blurring the lines between humans and robots

I posted on Friday about a robot that has been developed which recognizes its own reflection. I'd mused on the implications of this, within the concepts of artificial intelligence, the location of the seat of consciousness, and recognition of sin and evil in ones' self. The nearer implication is the use of computers and artificial intelligence during the Tribulation when a one world commerce system is prophesied to be in place. The greater implication is the use of robots (droids and drones) in hunting humans and other evil uses. The greatest implication is man's Tower of Babel, and how far God will allow humankind to go in making a conscious creation.

Is it a coincidence that today I found a short (under 2 minute) Youtube video about the most human-looking robot ever created, and the discussion by its maker about where the seat of the soul is? In this video, the Japanese Professor who created a doppelganger robot says that it is because of their unique spiritual beliefs that they blur the boundaries between humans and robots. He says, "It's a question of where the soul is. Japanese people have always been told the soul can exist in everything and anything. So we don't have any problem with the idea that a robot, too, has a soul."

The implications of this are enormous. More portentous, in my humble opinion, than the inflammatory rhetoric that will spark a Middle East war imminently. When man makes a human looking robot, declares it has a soul, and sends it forth into the world (as the Professor in the video said he does) we have truly reached a moment when man supplants God as sole creator. God said in Genesis 11 in response to man's Tower building and claim of a "name", "this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them." (Genesis 11:6b). The Tower was built satisfy the spirit of man. God knew man needed Himself to satisfy the spirit, and He wasn't being a big party-pooper when He dispersed the people and confused the languages. "[N]othing they do will be impossible for them" means they will embark on a downward spiritual and societal spiral that will only lead to death, because they were doing it apart from Him.

Secondly, God is the only name. Man has no name. Man is the clay, he is the creation. God is the Creator, with all power and authority. Therefore God's name is holy and perfect.

"For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts." (Malachi 1:11).

"And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’ " (Ezekiel 38:23

Man will never be allowed to share God's glory apart from God, it is His alone. Psalm 84:11 declares that He may share His glory, but it is not man's to claim, neither by "making a name" nor by creating creatures with "souls."

Watch and be stunned:



PS: robot is called a "doppleganger robot." Doppleganger is a German word for "double walker" , or a paranormal double of a living person, typically representing evil or misfortune.

2 comments:

  1. Interesting that the definition Doppleganger means double walker or paranormal double of a living person, typically representing evil or misfortune.

    How about double talker or double speak?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doublespeak
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  2. How long before one can sabotage a mission to a distant planet, only to be walloped with a fire extinguisher and end up spitting milk? (Alien reference) Disturbing how somewhat prophetic such movies are to imagine horrible things that will influence man to follow their ideas in reality.

    No doubt it's sold on a platform of it's benefits to mankind, but like many things will be probably degraded to a market awful sex-dolls and weapons to further minimize the misery of war for one side of a conflict. How easy would it be to declare a war with an army of non-human soldiers?
    -V

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