The Great Algorithm

Al-Khwārizmī is a famous mathematician, and his work introduced Hindu-Arabic numerals and algebra to European mathematics. The words algorithm and algebra come from his name and the title of one of his works. Then in the early 1800s, Ada Lovelace, an English mathematician and daughter of the poet Lord Byron, wrote the first algorithm for a machine and is considered the first computer programmer.

Technically, what Ada created was the first computer algorithm. An algorithm is a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer. Today while algorithms have become significantly more complex, the creation and combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) have them extremely powerful. What they are hoping to create is the ultimate problem solver.

While this should be great news for us, it has been found that algorithms can also have unintended consequences. Scientists and computer engineers are seeing these AI-inspired algorithms creating filter bubbles, perpetuating bias, and undermining human creativity, choices, and opportunities. What does that look like? News content is mixed with misinformed articles and flat-out lies. This information is sent to individuals based on their internet history and preferences. This means that specific lies and falsehoods are spreading as truth, which has birthed the phrase “Living My Truth.”

With all of that being said, this is what the Bible says about Truth, Direction, and Wisdom:

James 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

We don’t have to go to an AI algorithm for solutions to our challenges and problems. We do not have to determine whether what we see on the internet or in our emails is real or fake. We have the ultimate problem solver, the unfiltered truth in the “All-Wise” God. We need not lean on AI algorithms to tell us what to believe and what decisions to make. We have the Truth Holy Spirit who will lead us to Proverbs (3:5-6) to remind us to Trust in the Lord to lead us. We need only to ask God for wisdom which He will give it to us generously (James 1:5).

Today, more than ever, people are being led astray by some social media algorithms, especially our young people. The amount of mass violence and suicides are some of the highest numbers ever. However, we don’t have to fall for the lies of the AI algorithms out there in cyberspace; after all, remember who is behind those lies:

Eph 2:1-2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.

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