Over three decades ago, I was working for a temp agency. I recall being in a conversation with one of the office supervisors, as she explained about some of the training the agency was offering. I wasn’t interested.
Years later, I sometimes thought about my indifference. How I was so clueless…because the training was in the relatively *‘new’ field of computer technology.
…but later, I remember developing a suspicion about this innovative means of processing, storing & communicating information. At some point during my early exposure to computers – having none of my own nor any prospects of getting one! nor even working with/on any in an office – I began clearly seeing a dark agenda. I don’t know what caused me to think the way I did, other than the mind of God. I became convinced that a terrible intention of some of the creators of this technology was dehumanization.
I remain more than ever convinced of the same, today.
(Yes, I know you are reading this on your device, and I wrote it on mine. Just because some intend a thing for evil doesn’t mean God isn’t also using it for good!) (Genesis 45:4-8) (Genesis 50:20)
The other day I was thinking about shopping online. (I do it regularly.) It occurred to me how very…simplified?…it has made what used to be a multi-faceted event. I press keys on a laptop keyboard and merchandise shows up at my door. For me, in my 60’s and someone who doesn’t drive, this works. It’s convenient & solves problems like, how do I transport large bags of pet food, or heavier groceries, from store to home? But seen from another perspective, and considering current & growing trends in robotics & AI’s, what has been a gradual shifting from human activities & interactions to, well, their elimination! is a concern to me.
I used to get dressed & ready to go out, walk to the bus stop & experience being outside & all that it entails – fresh air, sunshine, maybe rain or snow…or seeing the fall colors etc. – being around people on the bus & then at my destination. Having arrived, I would enter the mall or the library, spend time browsing & deliberating & handling physical objects, interact w/cashiers or clerks. I’d enjoy time in a Food Court, relaxing & eating some tasty snack or meal, drinking coffee & people watching. I’d come home carrying books and/or purchases, with a sense of accomplishment and feeling renewed from a change of environment & scenery. Refreshed just from moving around…
Now? Almost all of that is removed from my shopping experiences when I shop online.
…and don’t get me started on what I think about the proliferation of virtual books, Kindle & the like…give me paper!!!
Author David Icke first introduced me to the idea of specific technological insidiousness. In his book “Alice in Wonderland & the World Trade Center Disaster”, Icke suggests the hijacking of our senses being a result of some of the older video games & consoles, with their viewers, headphones & in some cases, gloves. I had never played these games, so this thought was new to me. It made sense, though.
The statement is made by Ransom Godwin (4:20 TV Freedomist Films) that he is constantly hearing about all kinds of niches that have always been filled by people, now being replaced by a robot, AI or learning machine. We’ve all seen & heard such things. Robotized devices such as Roomba are presented to us as ‘cute’, Siri sounds so pleasant!, and drones are such fun…but project into the future a ways. Follow extrapolations of what could eventually happen…except, oh wait…it IS happening. What starts out as convenience, or delightfully innovative, robs us of volitional control. Robs us of the need to think? Are we losing autonomy? What is happening to our human nature? Like the frog in a vat of oil that is heated so incrementally slowly, it doesn’t realize it until it’s too late…is this us?
Godwin believes that our very brain functions are being re-structured as a result of having been handed tablets at 2 years of age. His comments serve to vindicate a concern I’ve had for a few years now, because I have great-nephews who are glued to their apps & tablets & Nintendo switches. I see how addictive such activity has become for them.
His guest in the above video interview, Jordan Maxwell, states that he believes that “there is some kind of a mutation going on, purposely, to change the human race into a different kind of creature.” He believes that, around the world, our minds & our brains are being re-programmed. (As a Christian who believes in a personal God, that is, Jesus Christ, I don’t recommend over-doing your intake of Jordan Maxwell. Use much caution. I take Jordan in managed doses…but he has said much that I had already come to see & believe, in other areas of knowledge, and expanded on my base.)
However, if Maxwell’s theory is correct, his suspicion only serves to prove ever more relevant the Scripture that tells us to “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:2).
Scripture makes it clear that we live not only on the earth but in a world system. The apostle Paul wrote of “this present evil world” (Galatians 1:4), and it is something from which God wills that we be delivered. I have come to believe that the roots & tentacles of this system are FAR more invasive & pervasive than most imagine. But be encouraged! This same verse declares our deliverance! You may not quite comprehend how it works, but know that it is effective – the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross has provided for our deliverance from a soul-less world system.
I believe that this world system has its roots in Lucifer’s rebellion against the Most High. Eventually not content to be who he was, this most beautiful of all God’s created beings mutinied against Him, declaring “I will ascend…I will exalt my throne…I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:12,14). (My thoughts on this in more detail: ‘Once, “the Anointed Cherub”…but Now?’)
Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 tells us that *there is nothing new under the sun, “the thing that hath been, it is that which shall be…” If we take that literally, the assumptions that many of us make about our society & its advanced technologies are blown out of the water. Hard to believe, I know…but a lot of ‘unexplained phenomena’ would not seem so mysterious. Evidences that boggle the mind of other, very advanced civilizations might become believable, not so ‘far out’ as one once thought!
…and I suggest this as a prelude to presenting a concept which, not that long ago, I rejected…but no longer do.
What if, ages & eons back in time, with the most malevolent of intentions, the fallen Lucifer installed a monstrous Super Computer/AI somewhere in the universe, or on our planet?
It is not an implausible idea, nor an impossible one. We draw conclusions based on what we know, but we also may assume that we know just about everything there is to know…how can anyone be sure of that? We can’t.
If you follow/investigate conspiracy theories, you may already suspect this. If not, well…you may be guffawing right now! But please come back for the second part of this post, where I’ll be offering more specifics.