It’s amazing how much technology has changed our lives just in the past 20 years, especially since the introduction of smart phones and tablet computers. We can expect this trend to continue and even accelerate as we get closer to the end of this age because the Bible warns of a high tech financial system that will track and control every transaction and a high tech image of the beast that will be visible to everyone around the world and even have the ability to speak. (Revelation 13) Although the technology itself is not evil, it will be used by unrighteous people to control the world and enslave the masses.
There are many types of advanced technology, but the one getting the most attention recently is artificial intelligence (AI), which is sometimes called machine intelligence, or the ability of machines to perceive what’s happening in their environment and take actions.
In 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin made the following statement, showing how important AI is to him.
“Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world,” (Source: rt.com)
The United States appears determined to be the leader in AI as shown by the following report.
In budget plans announced on Monday, the administration bumped funding for AI research at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from $50 million to $249 million and at the National Science Foundation from $500 million to $850 million. Other departments, including the Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture, are also getting a boost to their funding for AI.
For now the money will mostly flow to DARPA and the NSF. But $50 million of the NSF’s budget has been allocated to education and job training, especially in community colleges, historically black colleges and universities, and minority-serving institutions. The White House says it also plans to double funding of AI research for purposes other than defense by 2022. (Source: Technologyreview.com)
Considering the United States is already $21 trillion in debt, those are some big spending increases. When it comes to AI research, money appears to be no problem.
Our knowledge of end time prophecies gives us a great advantage in understanding the meaning of current events, which is especially important since we know these things don’t end well. We can gain insights into who is behind it simply by starting at the end and working backwards, following the money to identify the culprits.
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is a blogger, business owner, husband and father of two grown children. In 1982, he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2012, he founded Z3news.com to broadcast the message of salvation by reporting end time news before it happens.
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