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Advanced AI robots and religion must never meet one another

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The fact that advanced AI robots might walk among us one day is almost a certainty at this point according to Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and many others. But while some people including the aforementioned ones are warning about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence left unchecked, there are a few who see a lot of opportunities here. No, I’m not talking about some evil mastermind planning to rule the world via advanced AI robots, although that thought did cross my mind on several occasions. Instead, the people I’m referring to are none other than Christian priests who are suggesting that robots should be familiarized to the teachings of Jesus and converted to Christianity when the time comes.

The notion of sentient machines is already pretty scary, but to think that these robots could be taught to believe in God is likely to give me nightmares for weeks to come. As you’re probably aware by now, science and religion don’t really get along. Naturally, one can choose to pursue both, but the more you study one of the them the less you’ll find the other to be relevant as religion is based on faith while science is based on empirical evidence. In other words, your brain will find the notion of a supreme being less likely given that there is no empirical evidence to support it. Now imagine an advanced AI robot that is created by using science and then add faith to the equation. The machine will already know that it has a creator (a human) and yet another human will come along and tell it that its creator also has a creator. Will it make sense to the robot?

I realize I’m stepping on some toes here, but consider a similar scenario where you meet God and then another God comes along and tells you that there are multiple Gods and they have all been created by another, even more powerful creator. The average person would probably react very poorly to this news. Moreover, a lot of people might start worshiping the most powerful creator as that would make more sense. History has taught us that humans have the tendency to replace pantheons of gods with a single supreme God as the latter seems more powerful. Alternatively, when people chose to worship multiple gods, the majority of them saw the most powerful as being the most important and worthy of the most worship. But what if a faith-bound advanced AI robot would have a similar train of thought? In this scenario, it seems reasonable to assume that the machine might reject humans as its creators and start seeking God, just as we did for the longest time.

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A lot of people are already concerned that artificial intelligence could end up posing a threat to humanity some day and this is just one example why these concerns are valid. If the advanced AI robots would fail to see humans as their creators at some point, they might see us as obsolete and probably very dangerous due to our destructive behavior. This would lead to an hypothetical event called the singularity, otherwise known as the bleak scenario you see in movies like Terminator. In short, it would probably be a very bad idea to introduce religion to artificial intelligence. However, that isn’t stopping one Reverend Dr Christopher Benek from proposing that very same idea. Actually, he even takes it a step further by suggesting that advanced AI may be in need of redemption from Christ. In an interview with Gizmodo, Benek said that “I don’t see Christ’s redemption as limited to human beings. It’s redemption to all of creation, even AI. If AI is autonomous, then we have should encourage it to participate in Christ’s redemptive purposes in the world.”

So, not only would we be teaching the AI to believe in God, but we would also tell it that its sinful and that it must repent. But why? The AI did nothing wrong. Christian faith says that we are all born with sin because the very first humans – Adam and Eve – took one of the Forbidden fruits, which was a sin so unforgivable that all their descents must atone for it. Does this apply to robots as well? I think that’s a very interesting question, but Reverend Benek also has an interesting one. Over on his blog Benek asks “Who is to say that one day AIs might not even lead humans to new levels of holiness?” This question is quite intriguing because it points to an even deeper problem. Does artificial intelligence have a soul? Religion works on the principle that humans are spiritual beings who have a soul, which means that advanced AI must also have a soul in order to be truly religious. Basically, before we should start teaching AI about God, we should probably figure out if it has a soul.

It’s likely that Benek’s statements will cause quite a bit of controversy, especially among the more conservative parts of the religious community, but at the same time, artificial intelligence could one day “help us understand God better” according to him. Needless to say, he is referring to the Christian God and doesn’t seem to take into consideration the fact that humans have many religions and many versions of God. We all know what happens when groups of people start fighting over whose God is the true one, don’t we? Some of these groups can get pretty fanatical and violent at times. In fact, religion has been the catalyst for a large percentage of the wars fought throughout human history, so who’s to say that advanced AI robots wouldn’t go to war with each other over religion? That’s a war we definitely wouldn’t want to be part of.

Just to wrap things up here, I find Benek’s idea not only ridiculous, but also very dangerous. Religious extremism has already left a deep scar in our society and the last thing we want is to have highly intelligent autonomous robots purging infidels in the name of God. There are already plenty of people concerned about both advanced AI and zealotry, so we really shouldn’t attempt to combine the two. Granted, people like Benek may have good intentions in mind and, after all, it’s their job to spread the teachings of their religion to others, but in this situation the risks clearly outweigh any potential benefits if you ask me. In any case, this is just my opinion and I’m always looking forward to hearing other people’s perspective on things, so don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on this matter in the comments section below.

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Microsoft’s new AI product raises concerns and prompts thoughts of a dystopian future

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Microsoft has experienced significant developments in the past few days. The company’s annual Build conference, which took place from May 21–23 in Seattle, featured a wide range of exciting announcements about upcoming technology. A significant focus of these announcements was the seamless integration of artificial intelligence into future devices. However, there is one announcement that has already sparked controversy and could potentially lead to legal consequences for the company.

The AI-powered “Recall” feature, which Microsoft describes as a timeline of your PC’s past, has generated curiosity and concern among experts and everyday users. This feature captures screenshots of your active screen at regular intervals and stores them on your device. The program will then be able to search through these screenshots as well as all of users’ past activity—files, photos, emails, browsing history, and more.

According to Dr. Kris Shrishak, an expert in artificial intelligence and privacy, this could be a significant concern for privacy.

“The potential for screenshots being taken during device usage could have a significant impact on individuals,” Shrishak expressed concern. Some individuals may be hesitant to visit specific websites or access certain documents, particularly those of a sensitive nature, if Microsoft is continuously capturing screenshots at regular intervals.

Microsoft, on the other hand, emphasizes the presence of safeguards: privacy has been a fundamental consideration in Recall’s design, according to the company. Users have the ability to restrict the frequency of screenshots being captured.

“Recall snapshots are stored on the local hard disk and are safeguarded through data encryption on your device,” the company explains. “Screenshots in Recall are exclusively associated with individual user profiles and are not shared with other users, made accessible to Microsoft, or utilized for targeted advertisements […]” Keep in mind that other users and other applications or services cannot access or see screenshots.

While some may find it reassuring, safety experts remain skeptical. According to Microsoft, it is important to be aware that certain sensitive information, such as passwords and financial account numbers, may not be concealed in screenshots. This means that if a computer’s Recall privacy settings are misconfigured, if it becomes infected with malware, or if it simply malfunctions, it could potentially pose a significant security risk.

According to Muhammad Yahya Patel, the lead security engineer at Check Point, the attack is a one-shot opportunity for criminals, as he explained to TechRadar.

According to Patel, with Recall, users will have the convenience of a grab-and-go experience, as everything they need will be stored in a single location—their screenshot database. Just think about the vast amount of information that could be stored on a machine and the potential harm that threat actors could cause with it.

It is worth noting that there are significant concerns surrounding Recall, which has led to legal issues for Microsoft. In the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the national data protection authority, has taken action by initiating inquiries with Microsoft to ensure that user privacy is adequately safeguarded.

The office emphasized the importance of organizations being open and honest with users regarding the use of their data. They also stressed the need for organizations to only process personal data when it is absolutely necessary to fulfill a specific purpose. This statement was released on Wednesday. It is crucial for the industry to prioritize data protection from the very beginning and thoroughly evaluate and address any potential risks to individuals’ rights and freedoms before introducing products to the market.

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Google’s artificial intelligence system, known as AI Overviews, is producing peculiar and potentially hazardous outcomes

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Google has recently introduced AI overviews. And it’s not going very smoothly. The feature was recently launched in the US and is expected to be available worldwide by the end of 2024. However, initial results indicate that there are some challenges to be addressed. Users on social media were swift to highlight the humorous responses, but soon after, a number of individuals began raising concerns about some of the answers.

AI Overviews is a tool that is currently being tested. After submitting a query, search engines generate a result using artificial intelligence. Nevertheless, machine learning algorithms lack consciousness. They possess the expertise to identify words and phrases within specific contexts. Consequently, when posed with a question, they generate an answer that is anticipated to align with the query. Even if the AI has to improvise. It is similar to fabricating fictional legal cases for a lawyer.

Google’s AI Overviews retrieve information from actual websites, but they may struggle to distinguish between serious answers and those meant to be satirical or comedic. It seems that certain “news” sites, such as The Onion, and social media platforms like Reddit are unintentionally amusing the less knowledgeable AI.

Google has recently introduced AI overviews. And it’s not going very smoothly. The feature was recently launched in the US and is expected to be available worldwide by the end of 2024. However, initial results indicate that there are some challenges to be addressed. Users on social media were swift to highlight the humorous responses, but soon after, a number of individuals began raising concerns about some of the answers.

AI Overviews is a tool that is currently being tested. After submitting a query, search engines generate a result using artificial intelligence. Nevertheless, machine learning algorithms lack consciousness. They possess the expertise to identify words and phrases within specific contexts. Consequently, when posed with a question, they generate an answer that is anticipated to align with the query. Even if the AI has to improvise. It is similar to fabricating fictional legal cases for a lawyer.

Google’s AI Overviews retrieve information from actual websites, but they may struggle to distinguish between serious answers and those meant to be satirical or comedic. It seems that certain “news” sites, such as The Onion, and social media platforms like Reddit are unintentionally amusing the less knowledgeable AI.

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One method for cleaning a washing machine involves the use of chlorine, bleach, and vinegar. The revised response emphasizes the importance of using them separately rather than merely mentioning them in passing. Combining these substances results in the formation of chlorine gas, which can be extremely toxic.

Speaking of toxicity, Google’s AI Gemini is not performing any better. It mistakenly identified the destroying angel mushroom (Amanita bisporigera) as a white button mushroom. This mushroom is extremely hazardous, capable of causing severe damage to the liver and kidneys.

“Doctor Google” has evolved into a new and concerning incarnation. However, satirical websites also provide comedic advice. AI Overviews will inform you that there are potential health benefits associated with engaging in certain activities, which may contribute to a stronger immune system.

If you wish to challenge scientific findings, it is advisable to conduct your own research.

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Meta’s latest innovation allows users to seamlessly share images from their Ray-Ban smart glasses to their Instagram Story

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Meta has just announced the addition of new hands-free functionality to its Ray-Ban smart glasses. One exciting feature is the ability to effortlessly share images from smart glasses to Instagram Stories, eliminating the need to use a phone.

Once you’ve captured a photo using the smart glasses, simply command, “Hey Meta, share my most recent photo on Instagram.” Alternatively, you can instruct Meta to post a photo to Instagram by saying, “Hey Meta, take a new photo in the moment.”

The introduction of the new feature brings to mind the Snap Spectacles, which were first released in 2016. These smart glasses enabled users to effortlessly capture photos and videos, which could then be shared directly to their Snapchat Stories.

Meta’s Ray-Ban smart glasses now have seamless integrations with Amazon Music and the meditation app Calm, allowing for a truly hands-free experience.

Streaming music from Amazon Music is now easier than ever. Simply say “Hey Meta, play Amazon Music” and enjoy your favorite tunes without reaching for your phone. With touch or voice controls, you have the convenience of controlling your audio playback while keeping your phone safely tucked away in your pocket.

Users can now access the new hands-free Calm integration by simply saying “Hey Meta, play the Daily Calm” on their smart glasses. This allows for easy access to mindfulness exercises and self-care content.

Furthermore, Meta is broadening its range of styles, now accessible in 15 countries, such as the U.S., Canada, Australia, and various parts of Europe. The expansion features the Skyler style in Shiny Chalky Gray with Gradient Cinnamon Pink Lenses, Skyler in Shiny Black with Transitions Cerulean Blue Lenses, and Headliner Low Bridge Fit in Shiny Black with Polar G15 Lenses. You can find the glasses on both Meta’s and Ray-Ban’s websites.

The introduction of the new features follows the recent AI enhancement of the smart glasses, which occurred just a month ago. Meta has introduced a cutting-edge multimodal AI feature for their smart glasses, allowing users to effortlessly inquire about their surroundings. For example, if you come across a menu in French, the smart glasses can utilize their integrated camera and Meta AI to provide real-time text translation.

The concept behind the launch is to enable the smart glasses to function as a personal AI assistant beyond your smartphone, resembling Humane’s Ai pin.

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