During the dark times in history God is ever present for His children. During the Holocaust many Jews and other 'misfits' witnessed miracle upon miracle, deliverance upon deliverance. It was such a supernatural time, that many events from WWII to the establishment of Israel as a state, are not studied by military colleges.
WWII was absurd warfare, what we would call asymmetrical warfare. The were no rules of engagement: one would just happen to be in the right place at the right time, know a connected person, become invisible to the enemy, and other riveting stories of survival. With the rise of autonomous systems it can appear that they are invincible. Certainly, Scripture indicate that there will come a time when AI becomes a force to be reckoned with.
They worshiped the dragon who had given authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who can wage war against it?" Revelation 13:4
As we move forward with AI technology we need to keep in our minds that this technology is really a supernatural war. With the many AI conveniences we sometimes forget that fact.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
As we war against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places do you see the invisible supernaturally God-charged realm? Scripture is packed with incredible, jaw dropping, and miraculous events:
- Creation of the universe, including plants, animals and humans
- Flood of Noah
- Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed
- Plagues of Egypt
- Manna from Heaven
- Earth swallowing up Korach and friends
- Talking donkeys
- Walls of Jericho destroyed
- The sun and moon standing still
- Dead revived
- Jonah in the belly of a whale
- Entire armies wiped out
- Invisible warfare
- Jesus walks upon water
- Miraculous foods
God Has Blessed You with a Brain
God has provided each one of us tools along with His provision to get us through what will be a wicked time in history. AI is not invincible. Today AI is only as good as the programmer. It sees, hears, and responds with prejudice, just like a human being. The day will come, and maybe very soon, where AI will learn from AI without humans in the loop.
Does it really matter?
This was the topic of Singularity webinar last week. The presenter believed that it does matter if an algorithm (AI) can or can't explain how it knows what it knows. The first surprise is when researchers showed AI a picture of a panda bear and AI said it was a gibbon. The AI looked at the surroundings and not the panda itself. And so the topic was broached does it really matter if AI can explain itself or not? Why does it make the decisions that it does? As human involvement with the AI 'reasoning' process erodes AI will become unaccountable only to itself.
AI Achilles Heel
AI's vision is its Achilles Heel. The Vatican held a Unite to Cure conference last month calling in specialists from around the world. It was a presentation crafted to create Shock and Awe at what technology can do but many of the technologies presented as 'wonders' had darker sides. But I digress; one presenter talked about the problem of macular degeneration which impacts mostly the elderly robbing them of their eye of central vision. The briefing was on using Therapeutic Virtual Reality by ophthalmologists locate the areas where the patient can see using their peripheral vision. It reminded me of the way AI is processing 'its' vision, peripherally and that algorithmic vision can be exploited for our benefit.
Age Old Trickery Makes AI Vulnerable
Deception begins in the opening pages of Genesis and continues until the millennial reign. Jesus said that deception would increase in the days prior to His coming. People are not only vulnerable to deception but so is AI, which can work to our advantage. Deception is not something to become skilled at but in times of war it may be necessary to save lives, maybe your own.
Con artistry is one of the world’s oldest and most innovative professions, and it may soon have a new target. Research suggests artificial intelligence may be uniquely susceptible to tricksters, and as its influence in the modern world grows, attacks against it are likely to become more common. Singularity
Invisible Camo for an Invisible Battle
Deep Neural Networks are Easily Fooled
AI, Deep Neural Networks (DNN's), view the world through pattern recognition. The University of Wyoming and Cornell are exploring this topic. Others are also conducting research studies. DNN's have recently been achieving state-of-the-art performance on a variety of pattern recognition tasks, most notably visual classification problems. Given that DNN's are now able to classify objects in images with near-human-level performance, but researcher's have found a bounty of optical illusions that food AI.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Romans 1:22-23
A recent study revealed to humans can cause DNN to label the image as something else entirely, mislabeling the lion as a library. This is how AI processes images:
Scientists will feed a computer with hundreds or thousands of examples of whatever it is they’d like the computer to detect. The AI then determines what is the correct answer or label. Often, the AI is wrong. “We live in a really complicated multi-dimensional world, and algorithms, by their nature, are only focused on a relatively small portion of it,” says Yevgeniy Vorobeychik, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University.
AI is tested with novel images produced by evolutionary algorithms (EA). EA's are optimized algorithms inspired by Darwinian evolution. They contain a population of 'organisms' (images) that alternately face selection (prioritizing) and then randomly perturbation (mutation and/or crossover). Which organisms are selected depends on the fitness function which in these experiments is the highest prediction value a DNN makes for and image belonging to this class. The whole 'images' as 'organisms' is disturbing as it shows how close we are to animation and giving breath to the beast in Revelation 13:15.
Even the smallest of things, like a sticker on a stop sign, can interrupt make AI hallucinate things that aren't there. These pictures and patterns are known as “adversarial images,” and they exploit weaknesses in the way computers look at the world to make them see stuff that isn’t there. Think of them as optical illusions, but for AI. Adversarial images can be printed at home, DIY, they’re very flexible. Unlike other adversarial attacks, they don’t need to be tuned based on the image they’re trying to override, nor does it matter where they appear in the AI’s field of view. Stickers simulate a physical-world attack without prior knowledge of AI's classifiers.
Computers can mistake a squirrel for a grey fox, or a coffee pot for a macaw, or a school bus as an ostrich. Bananas become toasters to 'intelligent' AI.
At MIT's LabSix, an artificial intelligence research group, tricked Google's image-recognition AI called InceptionV3 into thinking that a baseball was an espresso and a cat was classified a guacamole.
Researchers fooled Google into thinking a rifle was a helicopter and also a 3D turtle was a rifle last year.
And then there are the 'adversarial attacks' or hacking which infiltrate AI causing it to 'jump the tracks'. Today when you get spam it is a headache but when humans merge with AI through a plethora of devices, let say a brain implant that spam can shut your body down!
Experiments use black box and white box testing protocols. White box testing has access to the AI algorithm, while black box test does not know the algorithms.
“Unlike prior work, […] here we focus on evasion attacks where attackers can only modify the testing data instead of training data which is a poisoning attack,” explained the researchers. “In evasion attacks, an attacker can only change existing physical road signs. Here we assume that an attacker gains access to the classifier after it has been trained (‘white-box’ access).”
Accessorize to Foil AI
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University built a pair of glasses that can subtly mislead a facial recognition system in one study. This is how it works and it allows you to masquerade as someone else bypassing facial recognition. AI has a set of samples that it draws upon to draw its conclusions. You can draw attention to various samples by way of a poisonous injection (diverting attention away from you). Any person putting on specially designed glasses or creating a 'different' sound can divert AI into wrong decisions.
AI Hearing Things
Chinese researchers have demonstrated that adding specific words to a sentence or misspelling a word can completely throw off machine learning systems designed to analyze what a passage of text is about. Another group demonstrated that garbled sounds played over speakers can exploit AI and misdirect it.
The cybersecurity industry is concerned with “data poisoning.” This is the idea that introducing false data into a machine learning system’s training set will cause it to start misclassifying things. This could be particularly challenging for things like anti-malware systems that are constantly being updated to take into account new viruses. Another approach is bombarding AI systems with data designed to generate false positives so the defenders recalibrate their systems in a way that then allows the attackers to sneak in, but that takes a little more technical ability that putting a psychedelic sticker on a stop sign.
Graffiti can confuse a machine 100 percent of the time into classifying a stop sign as a 45-mile-per-hour speed limit sign, and a right-turn sign as a stop sign!
It is going to be an ugly battle when AI comes against novel spammers.
Mobilization has begun for the largest battles in human history. You may think the battle of Armageddon is the climax. I would submit to you that winning your heart and mind is the prize. Armageddon only occurs when human beings voluntarily consent to be transformed, merging their bodies with machine, something God never created, nor intended.
Back in the day, I compiled a family history on my third great-grandfather who was left on a wharf in New York when he and his father were ailing to America in 1777. I sourced many variations of his story. They key elements remained the same but there were four primary variations with a few embellishments.
I relay that story because we live in a day of DeepFakes. It is very difficult to discern the truth from a fabricated lie or even if it did happen, the 'telephone effect' as the story is retold. Case in point, AI folklore tells a story about a neural network trained to detect tanks which instead learned to detect time of day; investigating, this probably never happened. If you have a few minutes this is a fascinating and very insightful study on how lies and legends evolve, in this case pertaining to neural networks.
It is very probable that the NN tank story probably didn’t happen as described, but something somewhat like it could have happened and things sort of like it could happen now, and it is (as proven by its history) a catchy story to warn students with - it’s not true but it’s truthy. Should it be mentioned to journalists or in blog posts or in discussions of AI risk, as a noble lie?
I believe that the following statement is wise but a little naive given the direction that AI is headed, “Machine learning systems are a tool to do reasoning. We need to be smart and rational about what we give them and what they tell us,” he says. “We shouldn’t treat them as perfect oracles of truth,” says McDaniels.
The prevailing views and protocol is to direct human beings to intuitively and without question trust artificial intelligence implicitly. Currently, that trust is voluntary but any student of scripture knows that it will become mandatory, under penalty of death.
You have ultimate Truth at your fingertips. You will find it in the pages of Scripture and in knowing Jesus Christ, Abba Father, and using the Holy Spirit for guidance and comfort. The Bible often talks about separating the holy from the profane and making your inner encampment with a barrier from the outside world. Your inner encampment would be your mind, body, family, home, and those with whom you conduct business for we are not to be unequally yoked with evil. These principles are as critical now as they were in biblical days.
Can we trust artificial intelligence? I would say it is extremely dangerous from a mental, physical, and spiritual perspective. It is convenient for many tasks, but is it worth the cost?
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