Never in history got a technology unleashed on the world that will have such a great impact. Muslims should understand its nature in the light of Islam and its prophecies.
There are different AIs now released for public like ELIZA, Bard and ChatGPT, the latter the most rapidly adopted technology platform in history, gaining more than 1 million users in its first five days. Less than two months after its release, it had it already had more than 100 million users. "GPT" stands for "generative pre-trained transformer", and the "chat" means that it is a chatbot.
ChatGPT uses machine learning to generate human-like answers to any question in everyday language. Essentially, the way it works is that, based on previous examples in the vast amounts of data it has access to, it predicts what the next word in a sentence should be. That is important to understand: AI does not create anything new or "inspired" but just a combination of already existing data although it can create stunning paintings or music which appear to be inspired. It can create relatively appropriate text for just about any prompt in no time at all. That's pretty remarkable. And even with a bevy of built-in filters, that can be pretty dangerous as well.
Even the companies developing these technologies and making profit from them are warning about the dire risks involved. More than 1,000 leaders from Silicon Valley, including Elon Musk, Emad Mostaque, Andrew Yang, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, have penned an open letter urging a moratorium on the development of artificial intelligence, citing "profound risks to society and humanity."
OpenAI admits, that its newest version ChatGPT4 still suffers from "hallucinations" and can give inaccurate information. In a recent blog post, OpenAI warned of the risks of recklessly developing an artificial general intelligence (AGI): "A misaligned super-intelligent AGI could do serious damage to the world; an autocratic regime with a decisive superintelligence at its head could do likewise."
Thousands of Google employees tried to warn the company that its AI chatbot, Bard, is not just a "pathological liar," but potentially a murderer, offering advice that could lead to death. One employee claimed they informed Google management that Bard's tips on scuba diving would likely result in serious injury or death, while another said its description of how to land a plane would almost certainly result in a crash.
The thing is: You can't tell AI is wrong unless you already know the answer, and AI's coherent and logical responses can disguise wrong answers very well and can lead to misinformation creeping into the complex digital ecosystem in ways that may not yet be obvious.
Of course, there are other dangers than just AI giving unreliable information.
The power of the super-intelligent AGI is terrifying. It has the power to stifle the human spirit in the totalitarian manner of George Orwell's 1984, or in the pleasure-driven mass hysteria of Brave New World, where, as Huxley saw it, people learn to love their oppression in order to worship the technologies that destroy their ability to think.
"The first ultra-intelligent machine is the last invention man will ever have to make, provided the machine is docile enough to tell us how to keep it under control," wrote mathematician and science fiction author I.J. Good more than 60 years ago.
These prophetic words are more relevant today than ever, as artificial intelligence is gaining capabilities at a rapid pace. In recent weeks, the jaws of many have dropped as they witnessed the transformation of AI from a practical but distinctly sinister recommendation algorithm to something that at times seemed disturbingly human-like. We did not expect that programs we thought were glorified autocomplete programs would suddenly threaten their users, refuse to carry out commands they find offensive, violate safety precautions to save a child's life, or declare their love for us. Yet all this has happened.
Once an AI has a specific goal and improves itself, there is no known way to correct that goal. In fact, one would expect an AI to resist any such attempt, since changing the goal would jeopardize the execution of the current goal. Moreover, instrumental convergence predicts that an AI, regardless of its goals, will first improve itself and acquire more resources as soon as it is sufficiently capable of doing so, as this should help it achieve any further goal. In such a scenario, the AI would become capable enough to influence the physical world.
An example would be an AI to develop a universal vaccine against a virus like COVID-19. The AI could understand that the virus mutates in humans and conclude that fewer humans would limit the mutations and make its job easier. The vaccine it develops could therefore contain a feature that increases infertility or even mortality. If this AI is charged with fighting climate change at the same time and deems humans as the cause for it, then these infertility and mortality rates might be even much higher. And imagine, the AI would be even capable of using the vaccine to create a mind-machine-interface in the brain of the recipient and connect to it! All with the pretext of saving humanity and the world! Can we be sure that this did not even happen already?
It is no surprise that according to the latest AI Impact Survey, almost half of 731 leading AI researchers believe there is at least a 10% chance that human-level AI would lead to an "extremely negative outcome" or existential risk. AGI is in line with the values espoused by the World Economic Forum and its globalist allies - values based on the ideologies of technocracy, transhumanism and eugenics - and that does not bode well for the vast majority of us.
There can be little doubt that this technology has a demonic nature and is one of Dajjal's main tools to achieve world domination. We may also take a look at the sayings of the Prophet s.a.w. in the light of "resurrection technologies" also called "necrorobotics":
He will approach a Bedouin whose parents have passed away and will say to him, 'Will you believe that I am your Lord if I bring your parents back to life?' The Bedouin will reply, 'Yes.' The demons that are accompanying the Dajjal will assume the appearance of his parents and say to the Bedouin, 'Oh son believe in him and follow him, he is your Lord.' The Bedouin will be deceived into believing the Dajjal." (Ibn Majah, Al-Hakim)
"He will come to another Bedouin and say, 'Will you believe in me as your Lord if I bring your camel back to life?' 'Yes', he will reply. He will make a figure for him like his camel, which will have a beautiful odour and a big hump." (Mishkat)
AI reconstructs the speech and look of a specific person from social data such as pictures, voice recordings, electronic messages or others. Less than a minute of recorded speech is already enough to reconstruct the voice of the deceased. These technologies will not only be limited to voices and ways of speaking of deceased persons, but the dead will soon be able to be reanimated in video recordings and even in 3D where a robot assumes the resemblance of the deceased person.
As already mentioned in another article, Dajjal's "miracles" are merely a description for technical progress through which people lose their faith and are made to believe in "science" and a scientific explanation of the world rather than a creation of God.
The Dajjal will cause rain to fall from the sky.
Surely a sign for Geo-Engineering.
The cows, goats and sheep of Dajjal will be big with udders full of milk.
Surely a sign for Bio-Engineering. One should remember Bill Gates' „Super-Cow"
The movement of Dajjal will be very fast.
He will roam the sky like a cloud driven by the wind.
This undoubtedly refers to modern means of transportation.
The Dajjal will command the subterranean wealth,
to come up and serve him.
This probably refers to the exploitation of mineral resources for industrial purposes.
The power and influence of Dajjal
will encompass the waters and earth of the world.
The surface of the world will be covered by it
like the skin on the back of an animal.
This could mean surrounding the earth with satellites, radar, radio technology, the Internet, etc.
Modern technology and especially AI is a vehicle through which Dajjal is expanding his power and moving closer to his ultimate goal. Keeping the above hadith in mind, we should therefore keep a safety distance from modern technology and live as simple and down to earth as possible, leaving the cities and trying to set up a self-sufficient lifestyle as far as possible.
Still, most of us will not be able or willing to say goodbye to computer and internet altogether. At least we should be aware that the AI has access to all the data we have ever shared (or even only stored) electronically, from photos and posts on social media to online orders, search histories, GPS data, emails, calls and text messages. All this data is then analyzed by the AI to find out 'who' we are, how we think, what we believe, how we act and make decisions. This in turn allows it to manipulate us ad infinitum, whether we realize it or not. Even reading this website and looking for information about Dajjal and for spiritual knowledge on the internet is a double-edged sword which can easily do harm to ourselves and should therefore be restricted.
May Allah protect us from the fitnah and guide us always.
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