Science Uprising: Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, and the Human Difference

From Evolution News New from Science Uprising — Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, and the Human Difference by David Klinghoffer

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The latest Science Uprising episode is out and what it has to say is important. From the late Stephen Hawking to Elon Musk, some of the smartest people on Earth have issued warnings about the looming danger posed by artificial intelligence. Not only is AI an amazing technology, they say, with the potential for uses both good and bad, but it threatens to replace and destroy humanity. The media love this particular concept and continually seek to scare us with it. Why?

The episode calls out the idea for what it is: applied materialism. Materialism is the denial of a spiritual reality. It animates Darwinian thinking, and it drives the panic about AI. After all, if humans are no more than “meat machines,” then a superior machine, equipped with AI, could well choose to do away with us. However, as four notable scholars explain here, AI runs on algorithms, which are essentially a recipe. AI does only what it’s programmed to do. Humans transcend algorithms. We do things that computers will never be able to accomplish:

An Unexpected Gift

Interviewed for the episode, Robert J. Marks, John Lennox, Jay Richards, and Selmer Bringsjord have profound things to teach. Dr. Marks, for example, is a renowned computer engineer at Baylor University who directs Discovery Institute’s Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence. He says that by its nature, AI is locked in a silo or box where it exercises its ability to run algorithms. Creativity, not mere copying or following commands, entails thinking “outside the box.” That’s how it can surprise us with genuine novelty. It’s why new ideas often come to us from out of the blue: not summoned but given as an unexpected gift.

This, too, may be why artists notoriously live disordered lives, and why totalitarian societies are typically poor in art (as distinct from kitsch or propaganda) and in creativity generally. The regimentation is not compatible with giving free rein to the human difference. It’s something to think about as rule by authoritarian experts becomes more and more the expectation in our own culture. Young people especially need to understand this. Watch the new Science Uprising now and share it.

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Atheists fear AI, as they really, truly believe that we are only so much organized atoms… and that organized atoms can somehow, by random chance, make a Leap of Being into living things.

Christians know that this is just wishful thinking, which does not match reality. We know that algorithms are not thought, that complicated algebra and mathematical equations – which is what computer programs are – will never become into internalized self-awareness.

Assuming that we can even define and prove self-awareness in the first place.

There is no Leap of Being, no Divine Spark, no lucky chemical pond that, struck by lightning at just the right time, will create life.

Even a vastly easier, much higher probability event — a pile of airplane parts being tossed into a whirlwind, and a fully assembled plane coming out — will NEVER happen.

Random chance cannot perform the divine-yet-God-free miracles evolutionists, Darwinists and Secularists demand of it.

In contrast, there is such a thing as intelligence, and organization, and intention, and planning. And men, made in the Image of God, perform these non-random ‘ordinary miracles’ every single day, all across the inhabited world.

So Christians can afford to welcome, and not fear, AI. Including AI Art.

The future rides with us.


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