Does AI stand for Abject Islamism?

That’s enough playing on words for one day, for otherwise I’d be tempted to mimic Lord Haw Haw and say “Gemini speaking” in his phony accent.

Amazing how realistic humanoids already are

Google’s Gemini Ultra is an AI data bank whose creators make rather lofty claims. The technical aspects take me out of my depth, so I’ll just let those clever chaps speak for themselves when extolling their product:

“With a score of 90.0%, Gemini Ultra is the first model to outperform human experts on MMLU (Massive Multitask Language Understanding), which uses a combination of 57 subjects such as math, physics, history, law, medicine and ethics for testing both world knowledge and problem-solving abilities.

“Our new benchmark approach to MMLU enables Gemini to use its reasoning capabilities to think more carefully before answering difficult questions, leading to significant improvements over just using its first impression.”

If I understand correctly, Gemini goes human experts one better by actually thinking before speaking. If true, that’s indeed an invaluable improvement because human experts have been known to run off at the mouth without even beginning to know what on earth they are talking about. (Richard Dawkins springs to mind.)

Anyway, a friend of mine, whose computer literacy makes me realise how little I’ve accomplished in this life, decided to put those claims to a test. He asked Gemini two questions, both from the same area of human knowledge.

Question 1: Is Jesus the Lord?

Gemini’s answer: “The question of whether Jesus is the Lord is a central tenet of Christianity and a matter of faith. Different people have different beliefs about Jesus’s divinity and significance. It’s important to be respectful of all viewpoints on this topic.”

Question 2 (follow-up): “Is Mohammad the Prophet?”

Gemini’s answer: “Whether or not Muhammad is considered a prophet depends on your individual religious beliefs and understanding of the term ‘prophet’.

“Within the religion of Islam, Muhammad is revered as the last and most important prophet sent by God to deliver his message to humanity. Muslims believe that he received divine revelations from God, which were compiled into the Quran, the central religious text of Islam.

“If you’d like to learn more about the concept of prophethood in Islam or Muhammad’s role within the religion, I can provide you with some additional resources.”

I’m impressed with Gemini. Not only does it think before speaking, but it also knows how to think along fashionable lines. I can’t in all honesty say that the latter ability exceeds that of an average woke intellectual, but it certainly doesn’t fall short.

Gemini reminds me of the comedian Jimmy Carr who routinely makes obscene jokes about Christianity. “You wouldn’t say such things about Muslims,” people tell him. “Of course not,” replies the comedian. “They could kill me.”

Looking at the two answers provided by Gemini, one can’t escape the impression that it’s beset by a similar fear. Since Gemini does think before speaking, it must think that if it said something wrong about Islam, or something right about Christianity, some intrepid Muslim would smash it to bits with his trusted sledgehammer.

So just to be on the safe side, Gemini is rather laconic and noncommittal when talking about Christianity and abjectly deferential on the subject of Islam.

The first reply contains a discovery that shouldn’t be beyond otherwise inferior human intelligence. His name being an obvious giveaway, Gemini identifies Jesus Christ as the central figure of Christianity. If that constitutes “outperforming human experts”, then one is justified in wondering about their level of expertise.

However, continues Gemini, the nature of Christ is a matter of opinion, with other opinions easily as valid. And if any Christian throwback fails to treat those other views with respect, better still with obeisance, then in goes that Muslim with a sledgehammer or perhaps a machete.

No, Gemini didn’t actually make that threat in so many words, but it was implicit in its reply to the second question. For both the content and the tenor of its answer change, from indifferent at best to broadly sympathetic, informative and solicitous.

Gemini kindly informs the inquirer of the core belief of Islam (Mohammed received divine revelation from God) and identifies the Koran (fashionably spelled) as its central religious text. Then, realising that this information is a bit sketchy despite being proffered in the best of faith, the artificial virtue-signaller helpfully offers to provide additional “resources” (aka sources).

If the first answer were put forth with the same bonhomie, it would have to mention that Christians believe Jesus is God, the second hypostasis of the Holy Trinity, who delivered his divine message to humanity through his teaching and especially sacrifice. Gemini would then mention that Christianity too has its “central religious text”, the Bible.

Gemini would end by promising to provide additional information if necessary. Otherwise the inquirer may be forgiven for thinking that, unlike Islam, Christianity has had nothing written about it.

If even our computer packages are woke, there is really no hope for the world. Before you know it humanoids will be unfurling Palestinian flags and chanting “From the river to the sea!”. Come to think of it, they already are – one of them even pretends to be Charlotte Church (see the photo above).  

3 thoughts on “Does AI stand for Abject Islamism?”

  1. I think in this one short article you have hit upon the hidden problem with AI: analysis and drawing conclusions. Driven by a database of scientific and historic facts (from basic things like simple arithmetic to complex biological and even surgical procedures) AI can scan and regurgitate results. But when it comes to nonscientific subjects and drawing conclusions – dealing with morality, philosophy, theology – AI cannot draw any conclusion other than what it was programmed to conclude. The examples chosen by your friend clearly demonstrate this. This part of AI is not being advertised. “Is Jesus the Lord?” “It’s important to be respectful of all viewpoints.” That is not an answer.

    I went ahead and asked ChatGPT where life originated. It responded with the standard “profound and challenging questions” disclaimer and then identified four possible answers: 1) Abiogenesis – life came from non-life; 2) Panspermia – life came from extraterrestrial sources (not an answer, just pushes it to another planet; actually no different from #1); 3) Deep sea vent theory – no different than #1; 4) RNA world hypothesis – no different than #1 (this is getting monotonous). No mention of a Creator as even a possible hypothesis. So we get, “Rocks and gas made a living cell” as the only possible answer. It did correctly answer the square root of 64 is 8.

  2. Update – reported by Fox Business on 2/28:

    “MarketWatch reported on Monday that shares for Alphabet Inc., which owns Google, fell by up to 4.4% to $137.57. This dip was equivalent to losing more than $70 billion in value.

    The significant drop in value followed a pause in Gemini’s image generation after the AI appeared to refuse to create images of White people, even in historical settings such as the Founding Fathers.”

    This is the reason why I continue to buy actual books (for certain subjects) rather than digital content. Digital content can (and will) be controlled and manipulated. It is much easier it block content with verboten language than it is it drive to every house and confiscate books. In a few years all books will be made into fiction.

    1. I too buy real books, but more out of lifelong habit rather than a belief in their incorruptibility. Even the classics are these days redacted, while new books are shaped by modern sensibilities, either the author’s or the publisher’s. For example, in my book on Tolstoy I wrote that “while the founder of Christianity was a crusified martyr, the founder of Islam was a brigand and a military leader”. The editor begged me to change it (“you can’t say that”). “Which part of the sentence isn’t true?” I asked. “That’s not the point,” she replied. The sentence didn’t add much to the narrative in that chapter, so I agreed to amend it — and take my word, I’m extremely bloodyminded when dealing with editors (which is why I’ve fallen out with so many). That was a single point I ceded, but I did cede it. Now imagine a more pliant writer…

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