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When You Don’t Believe in God, You’ll Believe in Cyborgs

I have a number of friends in Silicon Valley involved in advancing artificial intelligence. They report on a pretty funny phenomenon. Those among them who are Christians, often quietly, do not believe artificial intelligence will ever replace humanity. But the more one is atheistic in world view, the more likely one is to fear the rise of the robot army.

Elon Musk is one of the biggest worriers on that front. His latest pontification is that we must merge with machines to stay relevant.

Musk explained what he meant by saying that computers can communicate at “a trillion bits per second”, while humans, whose main communication method is typing with their fingers via a mobile device, can do about 10 bits per second.

In an age when AI threatens to become widespread, humans would be useless, so there’s a need to merge with machines, according to Musk.

“Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem,” Musk explained.

The “singularity” is what technologists call it. The further one is from God, the closer one is to that singularity. I personally do not see it happening. I think it has more to do with arrogance on our part than reality. We have subtracted the Creator from the equation leaving us. And viewing us alone makes us a random act. And if we can be a random act and get to where we are, how much more can we, through applied science and technology, create something even more awesome.

Yes, there are a lot of people in Silicon Valley and around the world who buy into this notion. But there are a lot who reject it. Those who reject it, however, get as much attention as the quiet conservative in Silicon Valley. They do not speak up lest they ostracized. But I think they are right and I cannot help but note that the most common trait among the skeptics is their belief in a Creator God.

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