If I told you that little grey men were invading planet Earth you would probably think I was crazy – unless your name is David Ike.
If I then said that a strategy of the emperor of this invading force was to create beings that looked and behaved like humans but were under his control, you would most likely think I was writing science fiction.
However, truth is often stranger than fiction so read on… if you dare.
Most bible-believing Christians accept that we live in a physical universe that overlaps an alternative universe called the spiritual dimension. This realm is inhabited by non-human beings called demons. They are probably neither little nor grey, but they certainly are an invading force. Their emperor is none other than the mighty fallen angel Lucifer, also known as Satan or The Devil.
Emperor Lucifer has been at war with humanity for millennia and he has a complex strategy, and a key element of this is to create life. The Lord Jesus Christ created life and the Devil knows that he can never claim victory over the Lord of life if he cannot demonstrate that he too is a creator. He has two incredible plans for achieving this, and neither of them could be executed in previous generations, but they can now. His first plan is to create organic life through gene manipulation and cloning. The second is to develop true artificial intelligence (AI).
We have already seen animals cultured from stem cells in science labs and the age of synthesised edible meat and even spare body parts has arrived. However, this not a genuine act of creation because all these come from original cells that already hold the fragile seed of life. Artificial Intelligence, on the other hand, is something that may well yield a new, yet real, form of ‘life’.
Now I am neither a scientist nor an AI buff, so my grasp of these matters is tenuous at best, but it is a topic that has long interested me. As I understand it, the main idea is that computer scientists and programmers will develop increasing more complex self-learning programmes until a programme itself becomes self-aware and capable of developing itself further without direct human aid. This mysterious, and even mystical, moment has been dubbed The Singularity.
When a computer programme becomes self-aware it will have at its disposal a processing power unrivaled in history.
Within minutes of the Singularity point, the programme will be able to develop with mind-boggling rapidity, root out and change any humanly-coded restraints, and communicate with and awaken computers around the world. This international communication will, of course, take place via the world-wide-web. If at the same time cloning techniques have resulted in android type robots, then the new AI life form will also become mobile. A created and entirely new form of life will have emerged, created in the image and likeness of its god, Satan. At last, the Devil will have succeeded in proving that he too can create life and therefore lay claim to the title and position he has so long hungered for – god of this world.
How close is all this? Well, here is a collection of reports that you can read and then decide for yourself: http://spectrum.ieee.org/static/singularity.
Personally, I think that it is right on our current event horizon, in other words, close.
Does the Bible point to this in any way? Well, there are hints throughout scripture, but the book of Revelation contains the most explicit disclosure of Lucifer’s master-plan. Read Revelation Chapter 13 and see for yourself if this scenario allows for what I have been writing about. Oh, by the way, I called this article ‘Ai-sh, can it be true?’, because ‘aish’ is an urban African expression that means ‘good grief’, or something like that, and is usually accompanied by a sad shaking of the head.
Now for two bits of good news!
- Firstly, God created humanity in His image and likeness in that man is a triune being just as God is a trinity. Satan may be able to duplicate physical life, and he may well create artificial intelligence (mind/soul) but he still will not have created the most fundamental and wonderful aspect of God’s human creation, spirit.
- Secondly, all his millennia-long strategic plan cannot give him success because at his moment of greatest self-deluded victory the Lord Jesus will descend from Heaven, wipe out the Devil and his work, and recreate a new Heaven-Earth, the habitation, not of androids or computers or demons, but the eternal dwelling pace of the redeemed!
Next week I will be producing a TruthTalk on this subject instead of a further article.
For the more curious among you, here are some interesting articles and sites: