Artificial intelligence (AI) is in the headlines every week now from driverless cars to high-frequency stock trading algorithms that outperform any human. Computers now beat the best human players at chess and almost any other game and have even begun to interpret emotions from facial expressions and create works of art.
AI has also surprised human doctors at diagnosing difficult-to-spot eye conditions on scans. Yet as much as these advances may make our lives easier, it is this last area, visual recognition, that corporations and governments around the world are now using to build an unprecedented surveillance state.
There are between 5 and 6 million surveillance cameras in the United Kingdom and over 176 million now in China. But for this vast network of recording devices to be truly effective, they would need an equally vast number of humans watching them in real time, around the clock.
Artificial intelligence trained to detect human activity, recognize faces, identify silhouettes and track movement in shadows has no such limitation. Not only will artificial intelligence monitor tens of millions of video feeds in real time, but it will enter the data into a predictive matrix.
When computer recognition for video footage, by itself, is combined with the vast pattern-matching potential of artificially intelligent algorithms, the system begins not only to detect crimes in progress but predict them before they occur and send law enforcement or security resources there ahead of time.
A location-based variant is already in use in Milan, Italy and Los Angeles, California.
The system employed in Milan is known as KeyCrime and has been predicting robberies for more than ten years. The American version, PredPol, is now hard at work in 40% of the nation’s largest police departments, again providing estimates of the time and location for future crimes. But Systems now coming online in China and elsewhere go much farther.
With the use of video-linked artificial intelligence, and by linking security camera footage to individuals and feeding it with thousands of data points about each subject, the goal becomes not simply to predict when and where a crime might occur, but who will be responsible. The artificial intelligence watches you purchase a kitchen knife and it files the information away and does not act. A week later, if you buy a roll of tape and a set of gloves, the system may consider this alongside a variation in your daily traffic patterns to flag your behavior for analysis.
The Chinese company…. Uniview…. is tasked with identifying Chinese citizens who travel to specific countries, such as Vietnam and Myanmar, and then marking them for more intensive data collection. In July of this year, the Chinese government announced that it plans to spend $150 billion to construct an artificial intelligence industry by the end of 2030.
In Russia, VisionLabs is providing advanced, real-time facial recognition software to their government and in the United States, the software and hardware company Nvidia is doing the same thing. Can You Say: PRIVACY ISSUES?
With traditional computer programming models, the code may be complex but is still decipherable to human programmers. With trainable and evolved artificial intelligence systems, the code is now becoming a “Black Box” because it is modified not by the programmers but by its own interaction with the environment.
It is entirely possible we are building the perfect Police State and its level of control will be both absolute and outside of the reach of its human masters.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams Oct. 11, 1798
More than 7 years ago  the Pew Forum on Religion published a Survey that indicated 57% of Evangelicals believed people who follow religions, other than their own, will enjoy Eternal Life.
It was so out of step with biblical doctrine and past results, they repeated the Survey, asking more specific questions. The Result was the same!… [Wayne Jackson christiancourier.com]
This is nothing less than the ancient heresy of Universalism. Imagine the implications: NO point to the preaching of The Gospel, NO requirement for repentance nor faith, NO internal / observable change in heart n
or behavior, NO commitment to The Word of God, nor even the God of the Word….. merely following whatever religious belief presents itself.
If this is what was believed [and surely being taught] in 2009, what is it today? We merely have to watch the various ‘Christian’ TV channels and listen to the Music ‘Contemporary Christians’ seem to enjoy. The sum total is spiritual ‘CHAOS!’
The doctrines are all over the map. The music is so close to the contemporary, secular sound and style as to be indistinguishable (note the number of ‘Contemporary Christian Artists’ who are featured at the various secular Award Ceremonies). The dress and manner of these musicians is completely disrespectful, and mirrored by those who regularly attend such churches.
Side-by-side, watching how they live, how they speak, how they dress, how they act, without knowing which is which, the average person could not tell them apart. ‘Christian Liberty’ (today) means something completely foreign to believers in the first 1900 years of Christianity!
Drinking of alcoholic beverages, gambling (lotteries), vulgar language, dedication to becoming wealthy, changing social roles, the way children are raised, entertainment forms [Did you know over 50% of men who identify as ‘conservative Christian’ admit to watching pornography more than 10 hours a week? Many of them are pastoring churches!!]
What’s Wrong With Us? Externally, a generation has grown up not knowing, nor experiencing the Life that protects, Supports, Enables and Stimulates moral and social progress.
All we [those born after 1960] know is the profane culture, presented in the various media, now available in the extreme, on their phones! Technology [TV, Cable, VCR, Internet] to which they have been exposed since they were born….in many/most? cases.
The world, in the last 50 years, has changed! From a society which is Patriotic, God-Fearing and Productive, to Humanistic, Atheistic, Socialistic and Anarchistic, who despises anything / everything Godly, Decent, Responsible, Productive and Traditionally American.
Young adults in America have (largely) NO idea what makes America different from any other nation of the world. In fact they’re not certain it is! They have grown up without Moral Boundaries. There are NO Control-Mechanisms in their life.
Our Founding Fathers understood that the System they devised….in the words of John Adams cannot survive a population that is immoral, having rejected (Christian) religion.
He was talking about an America which….”assumes the language of Justice and Moderation, while practicing Iniquity and Extravagance….”
He assured his audience that, in these circumstances “….this country will be the most miserable habitation in the World!” Why? “Because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, Ambition, Revenge or Gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net.
For millennials, in meeting someone new, the first question isn’t “Where do you live?” or “What do you do?” but “What’s your sign?” Many millennials view horoscopes as a good reference point to identity. They read them and believe them, every day. At the same time interest in religion is in decline, especially among this same demographic. Are you surprised?
Now? According to a recent Pew Research Center Study….The majority of Americans say it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals. The percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who “never doubt the existence of God” …. fell from 81% in 2007 to 67% in 2012. Meanwhile, more than half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science.
During this same period, the psychic services industry — which includes astrology, aura reading, mediumship, tarot-card reading and palmistry, among other metaphysical services — grew 2% between 2011 and 2016. It is now worth $2 billion annually, according to a noted industry analysis firm. [Marketwatch.com]
Here’s The Question: [since a majority of Americans believe it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals] What Is The Basis For Your Moral Code?
REALITY? G.K. Chesterton [1874 – 1936 — English Writer, Poet, Philosopher, Journalist, etc] once said, “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.”
Sound Familiar? As I just pointed out…. young people are not simply ditching spiritual beliefs, they are ditching belief in God for belief in witchcraft and astrology. We call it Secularization! All things secular means all things worldly or temporal.
So….what’s The Point? The point is that without an Objective, Eternal, Unchanging Standard of Morality…..Human Beings tend to create their own. And what they create is entirely SELF related. Meaning? What THEY believe! Which, of course, influences their value system.
History demonstrates, without the objective value system presented by God, in the Bible, societies tend to move away from Objective Good, toward an entirely Subjective Standard….which often includes witches, spirits, elves and omens.
On the other side, studies show that turning back to God in word and deed, in spirit and truth, will produce a return to morality. This is in keeping with not only biblical teaching and biblical history, but human history.
Israel turned away from the one true God to follow idols. But, when they returned, exchanging worship of self, the creation, or other spirits, for worship of (and obedience to) the one true God, their morality also changed. They did not become perfect moral specimens….but they DID embrace God’s Standards and held people to them.
Is there a silver lining, in all this? Yes! Most people know there is more to this world than the material. They’re just bored with traditional religion. The contemporary forms of religion available today are empty….focused, as they are, on temporal blessings or empty promises. What if we stop playing games and actually embrace True, Biblical Christianity? Wouldn’t That Be Something?