Siri, play the Beatles.
OK, Google, turn up the heat.
Alexa, turn the lights on in the house.
We speak and our world changes.
This should be no surprise. From Luke: “for his word was with power.”
Our voice now commands the connected machines but soon, all machines will be connected, and all the machines will be everywhere, in our homes, our walls, the roads, buildings, in our schools, inside our bodies.
“And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
Word is power.
Even a mere generation ago you could not believe such a thing. Now there is no way to disbelieve.
“And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this!”
What a word is this!
Of course what we say — our words, our commands — will soon clean, cut, open, lock, heal, eradicate.
Speak, and the nanomachines inside us kill the cancer cell forming.
Already, there is progress on using computing and ‘smart pills’ to administer medicine, healing — and, yes, death — to an exact location in the body.
Caltech researchers have developed microscale devices that relay their location in the body
Speak — “heal that limb” — and the medicine machine obeys. And, yes, speak out loud to the machine pills inside you to feel joy or perhaps wretched sorrow.
“And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.”
These are the days of miracle and wonder.
“First paralyzed human regains his upper body movement after being treated with stem cells.”
“Scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research have used nerve stimulation to induce signs of consciousness in a man who has been in a vegetative state almost half his life.”
“And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.”
Strange days, indeed.