From the Fringe: Oxford Scientist John Lennox Warns of The Rise of A.I.

Posted on Oct 05, 2023

Dr. John Lennox, a renowned Oxford Mathematician and author of ‘2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity’, joined Larry Taunton. They discussed artificial intelligence (“AI”) and its ethical implications. Dr. Lennox stressed that even in its current state, AI presents pressing ethical concerns, particularly in privacy, surveillance and disinformation.

He underscores the alarming growth of deepfake technology, which can manipulate audio and video to convincingly impersonate people, leading to the spread of false information. This, he argued, poses a substantial challenge in discerning authenticity in public discourse, especially within political contexts.

Throughout the conversation, the focus remains on the ethical and societal challenges arising from AI and technology, emphasizing the need for responsible development and the thoughtful consideration of potential consequences.


Ezekiel Diet Note:  The following is a transcript of a portion of his talk that resonated with me as the Yuval Harari key flaw that needs to be exposed. All those for the Harari-tic maybe-land, hard-drive selfie robotic AI future; stand over here. Those for eternal life through the finished work and free gift of Jesus Christ in a new body download and mansion; stand over here.

Dr. John Lenox: Thoughts About Yuval Harari

Firstly, Harari is not a scientist, he’s a historian.  “He concerns me, Dr. Lennox said, “because of his very widespread influence.  He really is an influencer … What he actually has to say concerns me more because of its inaccuracy and his reading of history seems, to me, to be very strange.”

In Harari’s second book, ‘Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow., “Homo Deus” refers to “the god man” or “the man who is god.”

In this book, Dr. Lennox explained, “Harari says that there are two major agenda items for the 21st century.  The first is to solve the technological problem of human death. He regards it as a technical problem and a technical problem with technical solutions. And then secondly, to enhance human happiness.”

“The idea of solving the problem of death is a very ancient one,” he added.

“[On] enhancing human happiness his target is, and this is more or less a quote, ‘is to turn Homo sapiens into Homo Deus’.  In other words, turn humans into gods.”

“This is a very ancient thing.  And once I noticed that, I felt we’re right  back in the early chapters of Genesis [of the Bible].  And that’s hugely important culturally because the idea of humans becoming god has permeated history.  And it’s been behind many dictatorships in ancient Babylon, Syria, Egypt and even way right into modern times we find people essentially playing god.  And Harari is encouraging people to think that they can become gods by simply solving a technical problem and then possibly upgrading themselves.”

“Now as a Christian, I really have got something to say about that,”  Dr. Lennox said.

“When people tell me this, as they do, I say: ‘You’re too late’.

“And they look at me and say: ‘What do you mean we’re too late?  We haven’t got there yet’.

“’Oh’, I say, ‘Yes you haven’t got there yet but you’re too late’.

“’Why am I too late?

“’Well’, I say, ‘the problem of physical death was solved 20 centuries ago when Jesus Christ was raised by the power of God from the dead. And as for enhancing human happiness and uploading ourselves into some higher form, that’s also been solved because’ – and this gives me a real opportunity to explain Christianity against the background of the promises that the transhumanists like Harari are offering – I say ‘look it would be good for you, therefore, to listen to Christianity which is, actually, a lot more evidence-based than Harari’s transhumanist promises when it tells us that everybody who faces the mess that they’ve made of their own lives, and perhaps those of others’.

“And I simply point out that there’s no road to Utopia that can bypass the problem of human moral failure and sin, and that’s the mistake that most dictators have made.  But if they’re prepared to repent of that and face it and trust Christ as Savior and Lord, then He promises them that He’ll raise them from the dead and upload them into the world to come.”

——–Ezekiel Diet Note: Touché!

Chapter Markers:
00:00 Longtermism
01:28 Show opening
03:15 Welcome Dr John Lennox
05:44 2084: John Lennox
08:12 Artificial Intelligence
10:30 Narrow A.I
13:50 Chat GPT
18:25 World of Deep fakes
22:00 Ethical problems
27:30 Do you have something to hide?
29:05 Steve Cortes Ad
31:17 Social Credit system
32:05 Yuval Harari
39:30 Atheistic world view
42:40 Fear of death
47:00 Paradox of Pain
48:40 Warnings of A.I

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