A Mindful Look at Digital AI Mindsets

Artificial Intelligence comes across as either utopian or apocalyptic.

As reported in the Boston Globe, prominent scientists and tech leaders signed a petition to call for a 6-month “pause” on further development of AI systems such as OpenAI’s, ChatGPT, GPT-4, because AI is getting out of control.

Basically, AI is becoming smarter than human beings and showing unpredictability.

While experts strive to advance a protocol for safety, what can we do?

We can look past the symptomatic material cause to discover and put into practice the spiritual cause. We can discern between genuine understanding and fractured or marketed information or knowledge claimed by human mind to be true or relevant.

How does understanding differ from knowledge or information?

Information relies on time, space, physical senses, and human minds for interpretation and realness. Because time and space shift and because physical senses and human minds are easily fooled or mistaken, information is unreliable. Information can be deleted or accumulated but more information is sometimes just more, not better.

Knowledge is tested information, but it depends on opposites for survival. Knowledge embodies matter, anti-matter; balance, imbalance; healing, deterioration; happiness, depression; light, darkness; push, pull; freedom, regulations; predictability, randomness; sinners, saints; smart, stupid; safety, danger; birth, death.

Time and again, the human mind mistakes knowledge for understanding and presents its inventions as either idealistic or annihilating. The invention of robots and AI can be viewed from many angles.

From atop the pile of material cause, the view of AI is exciting yet threatening. In other words, AI is the exact image and likeness of the very human mind that created it.

From angles of reason and inspiration, the view of AI demands ethics or moral might because a material-based invention intrinsically has no cause and effect, no spiritual cause.

To believe AI will save us is to believe it will destroy us. Same belief, same promise. No cause, no effect. The knowledge of good and evil counters itself to death.

But something, some greater power keeps life going despite human information or knowledge of good and evil.  Call it Spirit.

From the position of spiritual cause, humanity struggles to discover and apply ethics, or the moral might that sustains pure intentions and motives—harmony.

How do we break the self-deceived human ego and advance sooner with spiritual cause? Reason and inspiration help.

Robots prove that spirits or souls aren’t necessary to create images that behave exactly like human beings. Treat yourself and others as the image and likeness of Spirit rather than a human spirit or soul trapped inside a material body.

AI proves that a brain-mind isn’t necessary to generate behavior that behaves exactly like human beings. Behold and treat yourself and others as the image and likeness of the Ego Mind, divine, pure, and powerfully beautiful and patient and healthily motivated by good-will.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”—Ps. 23:4

“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding…She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.”—Proverbs 3:13, 18


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3 thoughts on “A Mindful Look at Digital AI Mindsets

  1. Brian G April 27, 2023 at 11:40 pm Reply

    I rethought this subject recently, and find it interesting that while I was declaring that there is no human mind, but only that of God, the divine, we seem to affirm One-Mind only, but express the situation from a dualistic viewpoint, thus always affirming that there is a human mind (or a simulated one) to deal with – even from a “suppositional” standpoint, thereby forever perpetuating it.

    What difference does it make if we think we are using human matter material under the skull, or talking to the matter computer made up of silicon dust transistors? Neither is real intelligence now is it? What either one says is immaterial, and we will instinctively know what ideas come from God or not, for we are not material.

    • Cheryl Petersen April 28, 2023 at 8:39 am Reply

      I smiled when reading the words that human intellect (artificial or not) “is immaterial.” But your comment recharged me to confirm that I don’t discount matter or human intellect as unimportant or unreal or the enemy but as an opportunity to practice what little I know now. I want to face my fears and welcome new knowledge to the end of that which could be harmful. And I want to understand better the idea of unlimited intelligence. Because natural history reveals that life and intelligence existed before human beings, I can look to that original source for ideas rather than limited human intellect or AI. I guess I see a life worth living as involving one Mind, ideas, and moral might, which helps me fight on the side of using inventions for the good of humanity.

      • Brian G April 28, 2023 at 4:26 pm

        That’s a beautiful viewpoint. I love seeing them through the lens of others (rather than unconstructive debate with arguments to win, and nothing learned). I learned something here about natural history. I think. 🙂

        The intelligence that comes from the coincidence of the human and divine, has new meaning to me now. Ie, I am not a material human trying to think my way to heaven, but am the coincidence of the human and divine (ie, “divinely human” with no material baggage). A spiritual being (in a solely divinely mental world).

        So to me, natural history that “existed before human beings” is itself a divinely mental concept. Good or seemingly bad! Thank you, you gave me something beautiful to think about.

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