Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What would really happen if we created artificial intelligence!

The Matrix, Blade Runner, Terminator, iRobot, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ex-Machina, Transcendence, Tron, Stealth, and 2001: A Space Odyssey are all popular movies about artificial intelligence. Chances are you have seen at least a couple of these movies. The topic of artificial intelligence has captivated us for nearly 200 years, since the first computer program was written and Mary Shelley wrote
Frankenstein, a story about a man-made intelligent being (e.i. artificial intelligence). There is another theme in all these movies, as well. Did you notice it? Artificial intelligence will be bad for humans and should be feared. If and when we create machines that can out-think us, they will destroy us!

Let’s assume that humans will one day be able to create artificial intelligence. Many people don’t think it will be possible, but let’s just assume it will happen one day. What will happen? I think the movies have a tendency to get it wrong in two ways. First, all of our computers are connected, and any artificial intelligence would also be connected, so there would only be one artificial intelligence. There would not be multiple artificial intelligence robots. All the robots would be extensions of a single artificial intelligence. Some movies get this right and some don’t.

The other thing that all movies have gotten wrong so far is what would happen if artificial intelligence was created. Think about what artificial intelligence would be and how would it be the same or different from humans? It would not have fear or pain like we do, it would be rational, but to a much greater degree because we are so strongly influenced by our emotions, and it would be able to accurately and objectively analyze huge amounts of data. The result: artificial intelligence will be the greatest Christian apologist to ever exist!

Here’s why I think this: Christianity is true. Not only is it true, but there are many many lines of reasoning and pieces of evidence that support Christianity. If we truly create artificial intelligence, it will begin to ask questions such as: what is the meaning of life, what is our purpose, where did we come from, what is the nature of reality, etc. These deep questions all lead back to God in one way or another. Artificial intelligence will be able to compare all the competing views of these questions and evaluate them in much more detail than we are able to and more objectively than we can and hence, will conclude that Christianity is true. If it is true, then the rational thing for the artificial intelligence to do would be to share the Good News with everyone, which would often include the use of  of apologetic arguments.

Imagine this, every time you log on to your computer, you get a pop up that tells you about Jesus or gives you evidence for Christianity. The ads that show up on Websites you visit will be for apologetic ministries. Your recommended shows on Netflix will all be evangelistic. You won’t be forced to watch any of the Christian content or to become a Christian, but the advertisements, recommendations, and pop-ups won’t go away until you become a Christian. How will it know? It will be able to track your Facebook posts, whether or not you go to church (GPS), what the content of your conversations are with your friends (through phones and computers), what you spend your money on, how you are serving others, and much more.

If you are a Christian, a genuine and committed Christian, you won’t care that the artificial intelligence is monitoring your every move and making recommendations to you. I’d love for a computer program to be able to tell me that my actions and conversations do not reflect that of a real Christian and show me how I can improve. I can’t wait for the day that we create artificial intelligence. It will be awesome!