Posted in gemonoid, Hiroshi Ishiguro, prophecy, robot, tower of babel

Blurring the lines between humans and robots

I posted on Friday about a robot that has been developed which recognizes its own reflection. I’d mused on the implications of this, within the concepts of artificial intelligence, the location of the seat of consciousness, and recognition of sin and evil in ones’ self. The nearer implication is the use of computers and artificial intelligence during the Tribulation when a one world commerce system is prophesied to be in place. The greater implication is the use of robots (droids and drones) in hunting humans and other evil uses. The greatest implication is man’s Tower of Babel, and how far God will allow humankind to go in making a conscious creation.

Is it a coincidence that today I found a short (under 2 minute) Youtube video about the most human-looking robot ever created, and the discussion by its maker about where the seat of the soul is? In this video, the Japanese Professor who created a doppelganger robot says that it is because of their unique spiritual beliefs that they blur the boundaries between humans and robots. He says, “It’s a question of where the soul is. Japanese people have always been told the soul can exist in everything and anything. So we don’t have any problem with the idea that a robot, too, has a soul.”

The implications of this are enormous. More portentous, in my humble opinion, than the inflammatory rhetoric that will spark a Middle East war imminently. When man makes a human looking robot, declares it has a soul, and sends it forth into the world (as the Professor in the video said he does) we have truly reached a moment when man supplants God as sole creator. God said in Genesis 11 in response to man’s Tower building and claim of a “name”, “this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” (Genesis 11:6b). The Tower was built satisfy the spirit of man. God knew man needed Himself to satisfy the spirit, and He wasn’t being a big party-pooper when He dispersed the people and confused the languages. “[N]othing they do will be impossible for them” means they will embark on a downward spiritual and societal spiral that will only lead to death, because they were doing it apart from Him.

Secondly, God is the only name. Man has no name. Man is the clay, he is the creation. God is the Creator, with all power and authority. Therefore God’s name is holy and perfect.

“For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 1:11).

“And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’ ” (Ezekiel 38:23

Man will never be allowed to share God’s glory apart from God, it is His alone. Psalm 84:11 declares that He may share His glory, but it is not man’s to claim, neither by “making a name” nor by creating creatures with “souls.”

Watch and be stunned:

PS: robot is called a “doppleganger robot.” Doppleganger is a German word for “double walker” , or a paranormal double of a living person, typically representing evil or misfortune.

Posted in end time, HRP-4C Dance, prophecy, robot

Satan’s success at dehumanizing us. Plus, a dancing robot

Remember this video from 1983? Robert Palmer, “Addicted to Love”. He used five women tho looked alike, made them up exactly the same, dressed them identically, and for the video’s purpose,  told them to act like mannequins. The video became THE iconic video of the 80s.

Though the video became an icon of the ’80s, using women made up to look like mannequins was controversial. Mannequins have no free will, no choice, no personality and are interchangeable. But God gave us choices, a voice, distinct personalities, and free will to choose Him. Satan hates that.

Almost thirty years later, the live women acting as mannequins in videos have been replaced in dance routines with: HRP-4C Dance…  “We know her as a pretty creepy cyber-model, a bridezilla, and a singer. And now cybernetic human robot HRP-4C, brain child of Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), has learned how to dance, too. The humanoid was often criticized for just being able to move her upper body, but now it’s clear that AIST has improved HRP-4C dramatically in recent months. She actually does a pretty good job on stage, singing and dancing quite realistically at the same time. Below is her performance at the Digital Content Expo 2010:”

HRP-4C is a robotic woman just unveiled to reporters in Tsukuba City (northeast of Tokyo) Japan. This cybernetic human sells for about $200,000. Developed at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, the HRP-4C female robot is able walk and follow some basic commands. The robotic woman is about the same size as an average Japanese young woman, at a height of 158 centimeters; it weighs just 43 kilograms (including battery). Thirty motors in the body help it to walk and move about; eight motors power facial expressions. What did someone invent a robot-woman for? I don’t even want to know.

What makes us human? In the literal sense, God made us. Rev. 4:11 says, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Why did He make us? He made us to have fellowship with Him. Adam and Eve walked in the garden with Him, receiving all they needed from Him to know about His expectations, His living standards, directions, and love from Him directly.

Satan hates that. He hates humans because of our special and unique relationship with Him. Though angels are created beings of God, who are above us in the celestial hierarchy (Ps 8:5; Hebrews 2:7) Not that he did not have the same opportunity to have a relationship as close as Adam’s with God, he did and he blew it. Ezekiel 28:14 says. “You [Lucifer] were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created Until unrighteousness was found in you.” The thought is, Lucifer was a guardian of God’s throne, that is what the phrase ‘you were the anointed cherub who covers’ may mean- a ceremonial guardian of the Holy God on His Holy throne. Can’t get any closer to Him than that.

But iniquity was found in satan, as he came to be called, and perhaps his closeness with God was his undoing, since He decided he wanted to BE God. By by now his hatred of God is total. His hatred of anything God loves is also total.

Since we humans are His glorious creation, satan hates us and would like nothing better than to un-create us. Since he physically can’t, he has done his best to destroy us in other ways. Abortion, of course, is a handy way to rid the world of innocents before they are even born. Wars are another. Weapons of mass destruction are also one way to destroy humans, and infringe on our humanity in the process.

In another less direct way, satan has been gradually bringing us to a state of dehumanization through robotics, mechanization, and automation. As long as humans are not needed at particular points of certain processes, our minds begin to accept the possibility that humans are expendable. So we now have genetic selection, euthanasia, triage on a regular basis rather than in war situations.

Even the language we use for death is dehumanizing. We water down death and killing with euphemisms. Collateral damage is a euphemism for civilian deaths. It’s not a baby, it’s a fetus. We execute people, we don’t kill them in the name of the law. Genocidal elimination of people from racial or national backgrounds is called Ethnic Cleansing. It’s all part of satan’s dehumanizing process. 

Sin dehumanizes us. Dehumanzing means “to deprive of human qualities such as individuality, compassion, or civility: or to render mechanical and routine.” From the physical and spiritual closeness Adam and Eve with God we have fallen far. We now watch videos through laptop screens of dancing robots who are not even human. Where is God in all that?? Removing our humanness is another attack on God, and us, His children.

Readers, guard your language if it creeps toward the dehumanizing. Guard your toys if they remove you from personal relationships. Guard your mind as it accepts new technologies. “The definition of human nature is it is the sum of qualities and traits shared by all humans. From a Christian perspective the definition of human nature centers around man’s free will (choice) and his relationship to God.” (source).

Robots can’t do that.