Monday, June 26, 2017



A few years ago, the television program, Person of Interest, featured the ability of a computerized system  that was developed (the machine) that identified people who were viewed as expendable and/or in trouble. It was publicized as being “a crime thriller about an ex-CIA agent and a mysterious billionaire who prevent violent crimes by utilizing an all-seeing machine that can predict the events before they happen." On that program, the featured programmer pursued such people as those who needed assistance and help.

Last evening, June 25, 2017, 60 Minutes on CBS (In a repeat telecast from October 2016)) introduced did a preliminary review of Watson, the IBM development that features Artificial Intelligence. This is not a new development and it is believed that it had its beginning after the conclusion of World War II.  It is reported that “a number of people independently started to work on intelligent machines. The English mathematician Alan Turing may have been the first. He gave a lecture on it in 1947. He also may have been the first to decide that AI was best researched by programming computers rather than by building machines. By the late 1950s, there were many researchers on AI, and most of them were basing their work on programming computers.”

Watson appeared on the quiz program Jeopardy and competed against two of the top winners in the history of that program. Ken Jennings and a fellow human contestant, Brad Rutter, competed against Watson in a three-episode tournament and were soundly defeated by Watson. Watson’s success has also led to the development of robots with various skills and abilities that are becoming programmed to perform intricate Surgery on Hospitals. There is currently a serious development of Pilot-less passenger planes. We already have drones that are controlled by computer centers for everything from delivery services to locating an enemy and destroying him. The development of AI has become part of the automobile market with Driver-less cars. While all of this may be fascinating, it must be remembered that it is named “Artificial Intelligence” for a reason – it can only be functional by that which a credible human being can program into it.

The Scriptures emphasize one embracing a non-artificial intelligence. It is identified in Jeremiah 9:23-24, This is what the Lord says: Let not the wise boast of their wisdom…let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the Lord.” Also, I Corinthians 1:25, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than Human Wisdom.” An old expression is: “Go with God!” That is the wisdom we would do well to employ.

Prayerfully – consider these things with me.

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