GIG or GOD? An Invitation

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

mother boardYou may have heard of GIG (Global Information Network) by now, i.e., the latest in global data networking [1].

In non-geek speak, the GIG is a top shelf bucket of information technology (IT) designed to collect, store, retrieve, transmit, and manipulate data. By whomever. For whatever. All around the world.

You may have also heard of GOD (well, God), i.e., The Brain that designed the brains that designed IT and GIG. Only God added one more capability to the human design behind the technology: the free will to invent, upgrade and improve all that hardware and software and then the power to choose to deploy it to either benefit the rest of us or blow us all up.

Of course, I think I can speak for God along with 99.99% of humanity that we hope the GIG gods, as it were, opt for the benefit status as opposed to the blowing up status.

History doesn’t really prove this to be the case, I realize this, but a girl does hope.

Why hope?

Because I believe a hefty argument can be made that God is ahead in the power department if just because of one aspect of bot-life where the machines are still limited.

Technologists in their cubicles can only yet dream of the day when that same free-will capacity, or the “consciousness upgrade,” will enable the AI quantum leap to flesh and blood decision-making power; although, tekkies tell me, the bot rebellion will likely happen at some point and AIs will soon start overriding IQs (maybe in bot adolescence?).

(See below for a fascinating if only hopeful peek at AI things to come [2]. See below for things that have been, are, and always will be [3]. )

And why else would I pin my hopes on God instead of GIG?

Ever heard of “acts of God?”

Ever heard, “the best-laid plans of men and mice (and now maybe micebots, too ) oft go astray”?

This is a concern shared by many, particularly those in the know, for example, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking who warns against what may happen when future AIs take over decision-making and lack that which ensures our progress, if not our continued existence. As he put it, “Our future is a race between the growing power of technology and the wisdom with which we use it” [4].

Still another reason I put my trust in God and in how He bests the beasts, if you will (be they metal or the ones pulling the levers behind the curtain), is expressed this way in the book of Job: “To God belongs wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his” (12:13).

(Ever wonder why so many are so afraid of the Bible and want all things biblical banned including those who live by its guidance?)

And one final reason I choose the Designer of designers, this reason especially for those of us who may not roam the halls of the IQ Ivy Leaguers. In short, we are not without help should the GIG go “dark”. As explained in Psalm 91:

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”

3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day;

6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.

7 A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But it shall not approach you.

8 You will only look on with your eyes And see the recompense of the wicked.

9 For you have made the LORD, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place.

10 No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.

12 They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

14 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.

15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.

16 “With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.” (NASB).

 May I interest you, too, gentle reader, data miner, and/or GIG god, in the Higher Power?

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[1] “The Global Information Grid (GIG) is an all-encompassing communications project of the United States Department of Defense.

It is defined as a ‘globally interconnected, end-to-end set of information capabilities for collecting, processing, storing, disseminating, and managing information on demand to warfighters, policy makers, and support personnel.’

The GIG includes owned and leased communications and computing systems and services, software (including applications), data, security services, other associated services, and National Security Systems. Non-GIG Information Technology (IT) includes stand-alone, self-contained, or embedded IT that is not, and will not be, connected to the enterprise network.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Information_Grid )

NOTE: what I have excerpted above is just a tasty appetizer for the curious. Go and see what else the GIG does for us, to us, despite us, and/or against us; actually, it’s “D) All of the above”.

[2] See Bina 48 Meets Bina Rothblatt:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYshJRYCArE

[3] From Job:38, NASB, for a list of just a few of God’s powers, in response to Job’s queries:

4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.

5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?

6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone–

7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,

9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,

10 when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,

11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?

12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place,

13 that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?

[…]

22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail,

23 which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?

24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?

25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,

26 to water a land where no man lives, a desert with no one in it,

27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?…

(For more, see http://www.biblestudytools.com/job/38.html )

NOTE: all of the above were made possible eons before the development of weather modification projects, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_modification

[4] http://www.newsweek.com/stephen-hawking-warns-artificial-intelligence-could-end-humanity-332082

Image source: www.futuretimeline.net

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On The SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: To What Peril, Now, US?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

This commentary is not for anyone looking to hop on an emotional roller coaster over the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the legality of same-sex marriage. Rather, it is a call to look at a much bigger and, I believe, more serious issue, for all of us, i.e., what just happened to the Law of the Land, a.k.a. the United States Constitution, in our Representative Republic, a.k.a. this nation “of the people, by the people, and for the people”. It isn’t the only ruling of late to do so, but one of the most highly-profiled and emotionally-charged.

This commentary is also about why all of us, whether pro, con, or neutral, should be very concerned [1]. Continue reading

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On Discerning Your “Spiritual Gut,” Part 4: How to Hear that “Still, Small Voice” in the Midst of the Ruckus

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12 NIV).

Sometimes we discern God’s directives in earthquakes and fires as referenced in the verse above, but we also perceive Him in that “whisper,” a.k.a. “still, small voice,” listed there, too.

But how does one hear the quiet directives, so to speak, when it seems that every day there’s increasing cacophony here, bedlam there, riots and war—and rumblings of more? Continue reading

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UPDATE:On Discerning Your “Spiritual Gut,” Part 3–Reminders

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

(Early the next day): a reader with a particular set of skills reminds us of the wisdom of “hiding in plain sight,” while another reminds us of “keeping our spiritual bags packed.”

More on Discerning Your “Spiritual Gut” to come soon, that in these days of mounting fear and confusion, we might remain in the love, wisdom, and comfort of the Lord.

Who is not surprised by any of this.

Who knows “the end from the beginning.”

Be of good cheer.

 

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On Discerning Your “Spiritual Gut,” Part 3: AI Has Nothing on IXOYE– Read On

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit (John 3:8).

 Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things (Ecclesiastes 11:5).

Computer systems engineers tell us that Artificial Intelligence (AI), once “plugged in,” is now able to leap tall computations in as fast as 2 to the 1,152nd power processing time.

Can’t wrap your mind around that? Me, either.

But we’d better pay attention to the ramifications of this if it is true that the upcoming “Jade Helm 15” activity in the U.S. starting this July is really a kind of beta testing for AI-controlled warfare.* Continue reading

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The Truth About Reconciliation (by Cindy Burrell, Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved)

NOTE: Today’s post is by blogger and author, Cindy Burrell. She blogs at http://www.hurtbylove.com/. She is an advocate for women and children affected by abusive relationships. She is the author of Why Is He So Mean To Me?, God is My Witness: Making a Case for Biblical Divorce, and Everything My Heart Seeks (a devotional). I believe Cindy’s observations are particularly important these days where in many corners of Christendom there seems to be a rush to “forgive and forget” certain crimes against women and children (and men, although they are in the minority) in order to “reconcile” relationships without proper discernment and safety measures put in place to protect the abused. Sometimes, “safety” (physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual) means to get away from the abuser. Jesus came to set the captives free. Continue reading

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On Discerning Your “Spiritual Gut,” Part 2: Something Wicked This Way Comes? Pray First

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Have you ever wondered how Jesus knew Judas Iscariot was the one who would betray Him?

Have you ever pondered why Jesus knew he could do little for people “in certain villages”? (Mark 6:5) (because of their unbelief,  Mark noted.)

Have you wondered why Jesus knew that some demons take fasting along with prayer, not just prayer alone, to cast out (Matthew 17:20)?

One answer is that He was in continual communication and prayer with God the Father. “I do what I see the Father doing” (John 5:19), He said. Continue reading

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