Yes, as our title suggests, this is the third time we’ve chronicled an intellectual battle between Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist, who — by the way, is “Steve” number 300 in Project Steve — and Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
The first time this happened was Ken Ham Contradicts Stephen Hawking. After that there was Ken Ham Attacks Stephen Hawking. Hambo has decisively crushed Hawking before because he’s not only the holiest man in the world, the one who understands scripture better than anyone else, but he also knows more about biology, geology, and astronomy than all the world’s scientists put together, and he unquestionably knows more about physics than Hawking.
To prove it, we present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Hambo’s latest essay, Will Artificial Intelligence Destroy Humanity?, which appears on his personal blog at the AIG website. The bold font was added by us, and we’ve omitted Hambo’s scripture references and quotes.
The reason ol’ Hambo is once again challenging Hawking is because of some remarks Hawking made during a BBC interview, reported here: Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind. Hawking said:
[Artificial intelligence (AI)] would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.
Hambo is outraged! He brings his awesome intellect and his mastery of science to bear as he criticizes Hawking. He says:
Hawking’s comments show the difference between starting your thinking with man’s word and starting your thinking with God’s Word. If we begin with man’s word that humans are the product of millions of years of slow evolution, then it makes sense that humans may someday be unable to evolve to keep up with AI. But if you start with God’s Word, you get a very different picture.
Hawking is such a fool! Let’s read on:
Man did not evolve, but was specially created in the image of God. We don’t need to fear AI wiping out humanity, because God upholds the universe and has already told us how humanity will end — in God’s time when His final judgment comes. We don’t need to fear man-made machines, but we do need to fear the God who judges.
How could Hawking be ignorant of such things? Hambo continues:
Although man is creating smarter machines (with intelligence still paling in comparison to human intelligence, and which had to be created by our intelligence), for all the AI we’ve made, no one has been able to create artificial life. That’s because life is a gift from God [scripture reference].
Here’s Hambo’s explanation of Hawking’s problem:
Stephen Hawking is so intelligent and yet for all that he rejects God. Romans chapter 1 tells us that atheists like Hawking know that God exists and yet they willfully chose to suppress the truth that they know because of their unrighteousness.
Ah, that explains so much! Moving along:
Sadly, Hawking’s body has problems because of the effects of sin, but he can have a perfect, new body and be with the Lord for eternity if he will receive the free gift of salvation. But he refuses to acknowledge Jesus as his Creator, Lord, and Savior.
As with Hambo’s previous put-downs of Hawking, this one is so total, so devastating, we predict that Hawking will be too humiliated to respond. In the past, he’s been so ungracious that he doesn’t even retract his previous remarks. If he’s true to form, he’ll behave that way yet again. Way to go, Hambo!
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