I’m Just An Algorithm

by Dec 22, 2022Devotional3 comments

Proverbs 31:17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
      

      Like many of the millions of people who have logged on to the Chat-Openai site over the last few weeks, I have also asked many questions about God, literature, and viability. The GPT Generative Pre-trained Transformer is described as a neural network machine learning and uses internet data to generate any type of text. This has spooked a lot of people and discussions concerning artificial intelligence technology, have prompted some to make loud declarations that Jesus is coming back soon. Dan. 12:4 But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase. The Lord’s return will be a glorious event which I look forward to, but in the meantime, I will live in the peace His salvation gives me, and will also face the trials of life without fearing another big change affecting society.

      History demonstrates that when fear is the motivating reason for badmouthing any type of advancement or technology, most often the naysayers end up overreacting with violence that causes harm to the population of the day. From 1811 to 1816 the Luddites formed a radical faction which destroyed textile machinery because they feared these machines would put them all out of work. There was a similar vocal outburst when robots were introduced to build cars. Change is inevitable and if people do not change, adapt, and reeducate themselves to the times they are living in, then these poor souls end up sitting in an old dingy bar talking about the good old days as the miasma of stale alcohol hangs around their nostalgic thoughts. Eccl. 7:10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. It’s like some of these people are looking for a lost innocence from the past that is comically depicted in Norman Rockwell’s images. However, this idea has never been a reality. We have always had to deal with difficult changes.   
      The fear that we are all becoming just an algorithm, is a bit late to be worried about. We have been targets of marketing systems our whole lives. There is nothing new here except that the technology is now accessible to anyone on earth with a connection to the internet. So, what do we do to prepare ourselves? In the early 1800s, those who saw the future changes coming in the textile industry learned how to use and repair textile machines. Those who understood that robots would be used to manufacture cars learned how to program and maintain these machines. We will have to do the same thing with A I and STOP saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” This is not true. We can be taught new ways and technologies. We just have to want to learn and get out of the way of our lazy thinking.1Cor. 2:16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. We have access to the greatest mind and wisdom there is. We can ask God for directions throughout our ever-changing lives.     
      I asked the Chat-openai this question. What are the fears and concerns that people have about GPT Generative Pre-trained Transformer? The answers were as you would suspect. 1. Bias: GPT has been criticized for producing biased and prejudiced content. 2. Lack of Creative Thinking: Many fear that GPT will be used to replace human creativity and intellectual thought. 3. Risk of Misinformation: GPT could produce false or misleading information that could harm people if it isn’t properly monitored. 4. Loss of Jobs: It is feared that GPT could take over many tasks and reduce the need for human workers. 5. Unintended Consequences: GPT may have unintended consequences that are hard to predict. 6. Legal Liability: Companies may be liable for any content created with GPT. 7. Security Risks: GPT could be used to create malicious content that could be used for malicious purposes.
      Are there some legitimate concerns? Yes, but no different than at any other time in history when major changes came to the way things were done. And yet, the fears listed are already a concern outside of A I. In a democratic society, these are the same fears that show up every time a new technology becomes mainstream. Therefore, we do not have to run around screaming, “The sky is falling.” Instead, I would rather line up my spirit and soul with what the Lord says to do. He says when you see all these things coming upon the earth, then rejoice because His coming is near, and we who are in Christ are well able and strong for the times we are in. Prov. 31:17  She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks
      To the world, we are just algorithms, commodities and numbers. We are numeric codes to be processed through all the databanks within this world, but to God, we who are in Christ, are the blood-washed saints who by grace, have the mind of Christ at work within our hearts. We are well able to take on what the world sends in our direction because the Lord upholds us in His hands. Hopefully, we can become more than old dogs learning new tricks. We can set the pace and be skilled for the day we are in. As far as I can see, this will be the way we will survive as we get closer to the return of the Lord. Therefore, let us rejoice in the life we are living and look to the promise of our God. Rev. 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Amen!
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  1. Luke 21: 25“There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26people fainting from fear and the expectation of the things that are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

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  2. Matt. 24:33 So also, when you see all these things, you will know that He is near, right at the door.

    Matt.13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

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  3. Good word, Norm. What is the Chapter and verse for the reference in paragraph 5 regarding when Jesus says, when you see all these things coming upon the earth…

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