Despite the media boom ebbing, artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly important. Even more, even further, even more fictional. AI now enables virtual communication with the deceased. The pure form of spiritualism in modern times.
Inhalt / Content
- 1 AI as the next dimension of digitalization
- 2 People are becoming more susceptible to fictions
- 3 Artificial world assumed as real
- 4 Talk to the deceased through the AI
- 5 What does an ethicist say about this?
- 6 Spiritualism in just a modern form
- 7 Faith is not something you can touch
- 8 The Bible says what’s going on
- 9 Always read the Bible yourself
AI as the next dimension of digitalization
Digitalization has already made things previously unimagined possible. With the release of so-called artificial intelligence (AI) for civilian use, further boundaries appear to have been broken down. However, these overcome boundaries do not give people new freedoms in reality, but rather only expand the horizons of the world that is already lived in predominantly fiction. A virtual world, if possible for all people, is the dream of some contemporaries in their isolated positions. The creation of a meta world is also the idea for embedding the Facebook platform into Zuckerberg’s newly founded company Meta.
People are becoming more susceptible to fictions
Like all the other errors of the past that have been touted so far, AI is supposed to make life easier, save valuable time and, above all, make you happier. Well, if that were the case, grapes would fly into people’s mouths by themselves today.
People in a world increasingly riddled with insecurities and fears now seem to be very open to the artificial worlds that have been created. Even in the initial awareness of a pure fiction, an unreal world can still convey a feeling of happiness and security. The classic escape from reality into a dream world, but only with modern, even more deceptively realistic means.
Artificial world assumed as real
The example of “Metaverse” alone shows how widely life in the virtual world is already accepted at face value. The only logical further development of digital currency for use in an equally virtual environment. Metaverse is essentially a purely computer-generated art world and users can lead a “life” there as “avatars”. A life without money doesn’t seem possible, even in the virtual world.
To do this, the user brings their crypto account into play. This crypto payment method can be used in its final form as a virtual payment method for buying and selling, possibly topped up with the money left over from the use of life, working time and value creation. In fact, real estate is also traded in the “Metaverse” for millions of dollars. The buyer is then the proud owner of a building made of bits and bytes within a purely fictional world.
Talk to the deceased through the AI
Just as artificial intelligence seems to know no limits when it comes to completing its tasks, humans clearly know no limits when selecting the areas in which AI should be actively used. A “resourceful person” had the idea of using artificial intelligence to get over the phase of grief. After his mother died in October 2022, he developed a program that would allow him to communicate with his late mother. At least that’s what the program developer believes.
An idea that now made him CEO of the start-up YOV. A ringing coin using money that is still generally accepted in this world. A monthly subscription costs between $10 and $20 (Source). The AI receives the necessary information to create this “Verson” (virtual & person) based on chat history, email exchanges and images. Not only can the user contact this “Verson” when “needed”, but they can also be called at any time of the day or night if the Verson “feels like”.
What does an ethicist say about this?
The Catholic magazine “Church and Life” was interested in how an ethicist thinks about such virtual person creation of the deceased (Source). The ethicist sees this simulation of the deceased as the problem of delayed or even impossible coping with grief.
Unlike simple photos, such “avatars” have a very high suggestive power. In addition, there may be collisions with data protection and the potential for misuse. Nevertheless, it is already foreseeable today that it will be the case in the next 20 years that every person will have their own avatar.
The Catholic magazine simply asked whether there were signs of interest from church circles in the field of theology. At this point, however, demand is still very low.
Spiritualism in just a modern form
From the gospel perspective, using artificial intelligence to simulate the dead in order to communicate with them is pure spiritualism. Now one might object that this is only artificial, not real, purely virtual. Yes it is. That’s not what it’s about at all. Even the supposedly “real” belief in the spirits or souls of the deceased is purely virtual and not reality. It is understandable that the Catholic magazine did not take a critical look at this point.
Half the house of cards of the Catholic catechism is based on the mistaken belief in an immortal soul. Only this assumption makes further fantasy stories about purgatory, intercessions of “saints” and in particular Mary’s current position as “Queen of Heaven” after her physical ascension possible, possible. The once Protestant churches have also adopted this fairy tale of an immortal soul, otherwise the immediate descent to heaven or hell after death would not work either (Info).
Faith is not something you can touch
True faith according to the gospel is also not a physical thing that can be touched. It’s all about what people believe in. Worshiping images, figures and symbols is also completely useless and meaningless, as they are only fictions, human thought constructs. But the person who does this believes in it. This is based on the mistaken assumption that the object made of wood, cardboard, stone, porcelain or metal is internally animated or is the gateway to something that was only intended purely spiritually. But it is void.
Worshiping images is a specialty of the Church of Rome, which very early on deleted God’s Second Commandment (idol worship, images) from its list of the 10 commandments (Info).
The Bible says what’s going on
The lawyer would say that the use of this app to simulate the deceased constitutes spiritualism. What does the Gospel say about talking to the dead? Deuteronomy 18:10-12:
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.“
“I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
Always read the Bible yourself
It doesn’t matter whether the spirits are addressed “like before” using candles, pentagrams, smoke and gnawed chicken bones, or in a modern way via an app on the smartphone. Belief in the ability to speak to the spirits or souls of the deceased, in whatever form, is an abomination to God. Point. Therefore, one can only strongly warn against such practice. Anyone who even “plays” with it opens the door to those who should best be kept as far away as possible.
A pastor or priest can claim whatever they want, but if it deviates from the gospel, it cannot be right. At this point, as on every other occasion, it is better to drive the speaker of such atrocities – purely virtually, of course – from the pulpit with wet rags and take the Bible into your own hands to find out what God’s will is .
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Bible verses from King James Version