Thursday, March 10, 2011

Watson the computer—not made in the image of God

Recently a super-computer named “Watson” beat the two veteran “Jeopardy” champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

The computer is impressive. Remember, it is just a machine that is programmed with a ton of “useless” information. The computer has the ability to retrieve the stored information when needed but can it do anything else?

Man is made in the image of God but man is not God. Man has the ability to remember but not everything. God has the ability to remember everything. He controls everything (Isaiah 44:24-26 "This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself, who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense, who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, 'It shall be inhabited,' of the towns of Judah, 'They shall be built,' and of their ruins, 'I will restore them,'

Watson better watch out, the man made machine better not smart off. God could fry it in an instant. Watson exists by God given intellect, given to man. It exists because of God’s sovereign choice. Ah, so do we!

What does this all mean? Probably nothing; before computers there were books that held information we didn’t know or couldn’t remember, but in the process, the world seems to want to “tarnish” man’s made in God’s image reality. Yes, they want to be God for a day, and make something superior to man’s intellect, next they will try to make something superior to God’s intellect. If you are a man or woman pursuing this conquest I would advise you to be careful. Isaiah 42:8-9 says, "I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you."

1 Corinthians 1:20-21: Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.”

The computer Watson is very adept at retrieving useless information. Useless information—it’s cheap entertainment for people. Watson can retrieve information in an impressive manner but can it wipe away a tear from a child’s eye?

Yes, we as humans are limited in some area’s (example, remember some useless information) but we are made in God’s image. We care for the needy, encourage one another, and we suffer with one another. Watson will not be found at that party.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. Psalm 139:14“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Watson is impressive but it is a man-made machine. It is dead with no soul, life or breathe. It just babbles… It is just a product of man’s God given intellect, nothing more.

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