The Discovery Institute apparently doesn’t have enough to worry about. They’re always making “scientific” predictions, then they have to retreat when reality proves them wrong, and all the while they insist on the existence of their intelligent designer — blessed be he! — who created the universe, life, and you.
Some examples of their back-tracking are their claims about the impossibility of life on other planets, later revised to the impossibility of intelligent life on other planets. They went from no alien life — see Casey: There’s No Alien Life Out There — to hedging that there may be alien life after all, created by their magic designer — see Klinghoffer Flip-Flops on Alien Life.
Regarding life itself, they first declared the impossibility of creating life in the lab. They continue to insist that it’s the miraculous work of their designer, but even if we eventually do create life in the lab, there’s no problem, because that too would prove that intelligent design is necessary — see All Things Done in the Lab Are Proof of Design. Meanwhile, they’re still sticking with their prediction that junk DNA doesn’t exist. Eventually they’ll have to cave on that too.
Today they’re making another prediction that will eventually require a retreat. This just popped up at their creationist blog: “Fully Realized” AI Will Remain Forever on the Horizon – And That’s a Good Thing, written by Klinghoffer.
Prepare yourself, dear reader. Klinghoffer will now use his formidable intellect to discuss artificial intelligence. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Overestimating the contribution of computers, failing to reckon with their spiritual costs [Huh?], welcoming them deeper and deeper into our lives rather than seeking ways to limit them – these all go hand in hand with over-the-top expectations about the coming of “full” or “fully realized” Artificial Intelligence.
What in the world is going on here? You’ll see. Klinghoffer says:
I’m convinced there will be a serious backlash against the pervasiveness of screens, and equally convinced that the AI bubble will burst.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! A bold prediction! Let’s read on:
Our novelist friend Bruce Buff has an excellent op-ed at Fox News on the bright side of this inevitability (“Artificial Intelligence will lead to the human soul, not destroy it”).
Klinghoffer describes Buff as a friend of the Discoveroids. That suggests he’s a hard-core creationist, and his article at Fox certainly confirms that. Klinghoffer quotes part of it:
Deep down, we all know we’re more than biological robots. That’s why almost everyone rebels against materialism’s implications. We don’t act as though we believe everything is ultimately meaningless.
We’re spiritual creatures, here by intent, living in a world where the supernatural is the norm; each and every moment of our lives is our souls in action. Immaterial ideas shape the material world and give it true meaning, not the other way around. In the end, the greatest threat that humans’ face is a failure to recognize what we really are.
What does this raving have to do with computers and artificial intelligence? Klinghoffer tells us:
The failure of technology to deliver on a widespread expectation, argues Buff, may in the end liberate us from the materialist illusion.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Free at last, free at last! One last excerpt from Klinghoffer:
Perhaps so. May it be so. Unless resistance to the spiritual understanding of the self is more than a mere intellectual misunderstanding.
That’s it, dear reader. Can you figure it out?
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