I have smiled so much today that my face actually hurts!
Some readers know that I have been struggling with my health for quite a while. On top of that, the GP I have used for over ten years was ignoring messages from me. He used to be a great doctor and I don’t know what happened.
I have another doctor who sees me for my thyroid. I spoke with him about a month ago about my GP and how I was struggling to even get a refill on medicine. He told me that he knew a GP who I would really like. He even called her to recommend me as a new patient.
Today I saw the new doctor and I was amazed at how attentive she was about everything. She gave me four referrals to see specialists and she told me that it was important for me to make the appointments. She was surprised that my other doctor had not followed up with my health issues. I had forgotten the feeling of really being cared for by my doctor!
A New Sister in Christ
The doctor said that she needed blood drawn from me and she walked me to the lab. As I sat while the nurse got everything ready, I heard music coming from her computer.
I thought to myself that I knew that song. It was an instrumental but I couldn’t think of the name of it. Suddenly realized that it was a hymn. I looked at the nurse and asked “Is that a hymn?” She smiled and said yes.
We talked about the Lord for such a long time. We were quoting Scripture, talking about our children and mostly talking about our love for Jesus. Such sweet fellowship!
She wanted to meet Tim and came out with me. We must have hugged five times! I gave her the address to this Blog site and she said that she will visit and comment.
I just had to tell the readers about my day. It was all planned by our Lord. I felt His love wash over me. I thanked Him over and over for my sister!
GOD IS SO GOOD!!
Eliezer Yudkowsky writes that advanced AI will kill all sentient life on Earth and must be shut down
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An artificial intelligence expert with more than two decades of experience studying AI safety said an open letter calling for six-month moratorium on developing powerful AI systems does not go far enough.
Eliezer Yudkowsky, a decision theorist at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, wrote in a recent op-ed that the six-month “pause” on developing “AI systems more powerful than GPT-4” called for by Tesla CEO Elon Musk and hundreds of other innovators and experts understates the “seriousness of the situation.” He would go further, implementing a moratorium on new large AI learning models that is “indefinite and worldwide.”
The letter, issued by the Future of Life Institute and signed by more than 1,000 people, including Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, argued that safety protocols need to be developed by independent overseers to guide the future of AI systems.
“Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable,” the letter said. Yudkowsky believes this is insufficient.
OpenAI ChatGPT seen on mobile with AI Brain seen on screen, Jan. 22, 2023, in Brussels. (Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
“The key issue is not “human-competitive” intelligence (as the open letter puts it); it’s what happens after AI gets to smarter-than-human intelligence,” Yudkowsky wrote for Newsweek.
“Many researchers steeped in these issues, including myself, expect that the most likely result of building a superhumanly smart AI, under anything remotely like the current circumstances, is that literally everyone on Earth will die,” he asserts. “Not as in ‘maybe possibly some remote chance,’ but as in ‘that is the obvious thing that would happen.’”
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman speaks during a keynote address announcing ChatGPT integration for Bing at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, on Feb. 7, 2023. OpenAI’s new GPT-4 learning model is the most advanced AI system yet developed, capable of generating, editing, and iterating with users on creative and technical writing tasks. (JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images)
For Yudkowsky, the problem is that an AI more intelligent than human beings might disobey its creators and would not care for human life. Do not think “Terminator” — “Visualize an entire alien civilization, thinking at millions of times human speeds, initially confined to computers—in a world of creatures that are, from its perspective, very stupid and very slow,” he writes.
Yudkowsky warns that there is no proposed plan for dealing with a superintelligence that decides the most optimal solution to whatever problem it is tasked with solving is annihilating all life on Earth. He also raises concerns that AI researchers do not actually know if learning models have become “self-aware,” and whether it is ethical to own them if they are.
Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter CEO Elon Musk and more than 1,000 tech leaders and artificial intelligence experts are calling for a temporary pause on the development of AI systems more powerful than OpenAI’s GPT-4, warning of risks to society and civilization. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Six months is not enough time to come up with a plan, he argues. “It took more than 60 years between when the notion of Artificial Intelligence was first proposed and studied, and for us to reach today’s capabilities. Solving safety of superhuman intelligence—not perfect safety, safety in the sense of ‘not killing literally everyone’—could very reasonably take at least half that long.”
Instead, Yudkowsky proposes international cooperation, even between rivals like the U.S. and China, to shut down development of powerful AI systems. He says this is more important than “preventing a full nuclear exchange,” and that countries should even consider using nuclear weapons “if that’s what it takes to reduce the risk of large AI training runs.”
“Shut it all down,” Yudkowsky writes. “Shut down all the large GPU clusters (the large computer farms where the most powerful AIs are refined). Shut down all the large training runs. Put a ceiling on how much computing power anyone is allowed to use in training an AI system, and move it downward over the coming years to compensate for more efficient training algorithms. No exceptions for governments and militaries.”
Yudkowsky’s drastic warning comes as artificial intelligence software continues to grow in popularity. OpenAI’s ChatGPT is a recently-released artificial intelligence chatbot that has shocked users by being able to compose songs, create content and even write code.
“We’ve got to be careful here,” OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said about his company’s creation earlier this month. “I think people should be happy that we are a little bit scared of this.” source
I think that this ship sailed, as they say. Is a company which is making $billions from AI really going to halt technology? I rather doubt that.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, news like this is more than a bit disconcerting. But we must never forget that Almighty God is Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent.
HE IS IN CONTROL! Everything that we see happening – He foreknew! Read the Word of God and be comforted by it!
COME LORD JESUS!
And here we go…………..
When the narrative police sprung into action on Monday afternoon, after a woman killed six people at a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, they weren’t given much to work with.
Because, remember, whenever there’s a mass shooting in America, the narrative must be that conservatives are to blame. If it’s a lunatic white supremacist, that’s easy: They were just putting Republican talking points into action. If it’s a lunatic who’s white but isn’t a declared white supremacist, well, maybe it’s internalized white supremacy. Return to point one.
Was the shooter neither of those? Well, guns, of course, are to blame. But then there’s always the question of motive — and with a Christian school being targeted, that canceled out the whole blame-it-on-the-gun mentality. Things got even worse when it turned out the shooter was a female who identified as transgender. This would ordinarily be a supporter of the narrative, not fodder for it.
So the solution in some quarters, hasty and messy though it may have been, was to blame Christians and conservatives for bringing it upon themselves.
Take Eli Erlick, a transgender activist who, according to the U.K. Daily Mail, has “recently boasted about providing cross-sex hormones to children.” Erlick posted false allegations of abuse at the church that runs the Convent School in Nashville, denounced it as “a right-wing institution” and said without evidence that the shooter suffered “abuse at the school.”
“As we learn more, it’s clear the Nashville Covenant School is a right-wing institution in which Audrey Hale and many others were abused,” Erlick wrote in a tweet.
One user commented on Erlick’s post, saying, “Sounds like you’re excusing it to me.” That comment was included in the Daily Mail’s headline, along with this: “Trans activists demand ban on ‘radical religious schools.’” Erlick argued that wasn’t the case, albeit poorly:
But notice the blame shift: It’s the Christians that are responsible. Erlick tweeted unsubstantiated and false allegations, then suggested abuse at the hands of “a right-wing institution” brought about the shooting. The Christians and the conservatives are responsible for a Christian conservative institution being targeted.
Now, mind you, Erlick and Ripley’s takes were the two most explicit and vile examples of blame-shifting that happened in the wake of the Nashville shooting. They were hardly the only ones.
At ABC News, Terry Moran noted during the network’s coverage of the tragedy that the “state of Tennessee earlier this month passed, and the governor signed, a bill that banned transgender medical care for minors, as well as a law that prohibited adult entertainment, including male and female impersonators, after a series of drag show controversies in that state” involving shows aimed at minors.
Moran went on to say that the shooting was “a highly unusual crime in so many ways, a tragedy that now involves what may be this boiling controversy across the country around transgender health care.”
Meanwhile, when a mass shooter leaves behind a manifesto, calls for its release are usually immediate — and then it’s pored over for any damning details that can add to the narrative. Not this time.
As Newsweek noted, “[c]alls for police to release the ‘manifesto’ that authorities say was written ahead of Monday’s Nashville school shooting has prompted concern among LGBTQ+ groups, who caution against the publication of such a document.”
“It should not be published,” said Jordan Budd, the executive director of Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere, or COLAGE. “The focus should be on how this was able to happen in the first place. There should not be such easy access to deadly weaponry.” Several other LGBT groups expressed similar sentiments.
The narrative police must always win. It can’t be mental illness related to the shooter’s gender dysphoria. It can’t be animus toward Christians or conservatives. It has to be guns — and the Christians and conservatives who brought this upon themselves, if you really want to go all the way.
There is not a person in America who thinks we don’t have a problem with mass murder. The issue is that half of us don’t want to understand it. They don’t want to talk about abstractions like the spiritual, mental and existential crisis America and its citizens are facing. They want an easy answer, and that easy answer better put the blame on the right.
Eli Erlick and Veronica Ripley may have said reprehensible things, but they’re little different than those who know not to say the quiet part out loud. Terry Moran and COLAGE can sand the edges off these vile sentiments to make them sound acceptable. But at heart, they all come from the same wretched impulse, the same odious narrative. source
LGBTQ people are making demands of Christian schools that are simply untenable. To capitulate would mean total compromise of their beliefs. And their ‘beliefs’ come from the Holy Bible which is the foundation of Christianity.
The battle is really between transgenders and God, even though most of them would declare that they are atheists. I believe that these people are secretly God-haters. They shake their fists at God, telling Him that He makes mistakes in assigning genders at birth. They tell him that there are no absolute truths – only relative. That opens up life to be lived however one chooses, regardless of what it does to people – depression, violence, destruction of families and even murder.
Brethren, pray for these people as we pray for protection for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus warned us of these dark days. I think we just could not imagine that it would be this bad.
“Then they will hand you over to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name” (Matthew 24:9).