Ex Machina

Our Mondate movie was Ex Machina, a chilling movie on an experiment and exploration into humanoid robots and artificial intelligence. Its basic proposition was that such robots can do and will do only what has been programmed and encoded in them. It ended tragically because morality was not part of the program that operated the robots.

It is a chilling thought for me because artificial intelligence has great potential to accomplish big things. But what if that which makes us truly human in not included in the codes? An example of what I am afraid of is the algorithms that drive rapid trading in the world’s stock markets. Decisions are driven entirely by the movements in the markets based on financial and business considerations. There is no concern about the distribution of the wealth that is created or destroyed through the transactions. Values rise and fall without any concern for the realities of real humans.

The movie also made me realize that humanoid robots reflected the mind and personality of their makers/programmers. I am not a robot but somehow I was made by Someone. I can tell something of Him who made me by observing His work in me. I am a unique marvel in all the universe, no other one like me. I am imperfect but there is a persistent desire in me to be perfect and complete. I am bound in time and space but there is the abiding dream in me that keeps on imagining of a place that is beyond time and space. I know I am a creature and I reflect by who I am who my Creator is.

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
~ Psalm 122

Jesus said to his disciples:
I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
John 15:1-8

 

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