By Reverend Wayne Chu
Proverb 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
I recently downloaded the latest Bing browser from Microsoft which comes equipped with GPT-4, an AI software used for chat. After I asked it a few questions, I found myself quite impressed. It was able to understand what I asked and was capable of gathering information from the internet and formulating a good answer to my questions. While I feel that it is an excellent tool for learning, I also see that we need to use it with discernment.
AI, if used properly, can increase efficiency by automation and improve decision-making process. Many expect a tremendous change to the world coming, just like the Industrial Revolution or the Information Revolution. However, many worry that it will eliminate a lot of jobs. Even more, the biggest fear of AI is related to its most powerful feature, which is machine learning, meaning it can learn and improve itself. Someone may ask, will there be a day when AI learns everything, it will become so powerful that it can control or even destroy humans?
All of these questions are difficult to answer but the concern is valid. It is urgent for the authorities and regulators to set up policies and laws to guide and limit the development of AI. We do not want AI to fall into the hands of those who would use it for their own gain without considering the impact on others.
Another immediate issue I see is that we tend to overestimate the power of AI and assign tasks to it beyond its capability. The biblical sense of wisdom (intelligence) is not just knowledge; it includes the ability to see the connection of things that seem unrelated and combines pieces of knowledge to make decisions in life. As we all know, life is filled with ambiguity and decision-making is beyond knowledge and calculation.
Eventually, the problem of AI is the problem of humans. How should we use technology and how should we not use technology? It is more pressing for us to seek the LORD as He is the One who gives us this true wisdom and all knowledge, including AI.
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