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January 29, 2018, 01:21:57 am Christian40 says: It will be interesting to see what happens this year Israel being 70 years as a modern nation may 14 2018
October 17, 2017, 01:25:20 am Christian40 says: It is good to type Mark is here again!  Smiley
October 16, 2017, 03:28:18 am Christian40 says: anyone else thinking that time is accelerating now? it seems im doing days in shorter time now is time being affected in some way?
September 24, 2017, 10:45:16 pm Psalm 51:17 says: The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
September 20, 2017, 04:32:32 am Christian40 says: "The most popular Hepatitis B vaccine is nothing short of a witch’s brew including aluminum, formaldehyde, yeast, amino acids, and soy. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that destroys cellular metabolism and function. Hundreds of studies link to the ravaging effects of aluminum. The other proteins and formaldehyde serve to activate the immune system and open up the blood-brain barrier. This is NOT a good thing."
http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-08-11-new-fda-approved-hepatitis-b-vaccine-found-to-increase-heart-attack-risk-by-700.html
September 19, 2017, 03:59:21 am Christian40 says: bbc international did a video about there street preaching they are good witnesses
September 14, 2017, 08:06:04 am Psalm 51:17 says: bro Mark Hunter on YT has some good, edifying stuff too.
September 14, 2017, 04:31:26 am Christian40 says: i have thought that i'm reaping from past sins then my life has been impacted in ways from having non believers in my ancestry.
September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
September 11, 2017, 03:40:40 am Christian40 says: those in america should better repent or things will only get worse
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« Reply #180 on: August 26, 2017, 05:47:32 pm »

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/elon-musk-launches-neuralink-create-technology-merge-human-brain-computer/
Tesla Founder Elon Musk Launches Neuralink Corp To Create Technology Merging Human Brain With A Computer
Neuralink, the San Francisco-based company has already gotten $27 million in funding, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Musk said via Twitter on Friday that Neuralink isn’t seeking outside investors. A spokesman didn’t respond to questions about the source of the funds.

8/26/17

Neuralink Corp., the startup co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has taken steps to sell as much as $100 million in stock to fund the development of technology that connects human brains with computers.

“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Revelation 13:15 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Some of the brightest minds in some of the world’s most aggressive technology companies are spending millions of dollars working around the clock to implement transhumanism. The last 50 years of endless science fiction novels have prepared people living in 2017 to accept this an inevitable conclusion, and so it is. This is the generation that will see a computerized human doing things once thought impossible by mortal man. And all of this is preparing the way for an unsaved world to receive Antichrist as their savior.

The San Francisco-based company has already gotten $27 million in funding, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Musk said via Twitter on Friday that Neuralink isn’t seeking outside investors. A spokesman didn’t respond to questions about the source of the funds.

Musk, 46, is the chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and has several other pet projects, including a venture to bore tunnels for roads or tube-based transportation systems known as the hyperloop, and another project for the responsible development of artificial intelligence.
What is Neuralink? – Neural Lace Explained

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In June, Musk said Neuralink is a priority after much more demanding commitments to his automotive and rocket companies. “Boring Co. is maybe 2 percent of my time; Neuralink is 3 percent to 5 percent of my time; OpenAI is going to be a couple of percent; and then 90-plus percent is divided between SpaceX and Tesla,” said Musk at the electric-car maker’s annual shareholder meeting.
From the Neuralink Website:

    Neuralink is developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers. We are looking for exceptional engineers and scientists. No neuroscience experience is required: talent and drive matter far more. We expect most of our team to come from other areas and industries.

    We are primarily looking for evidence of exceptional ability and a track record of building things that work.All positions are full time and based in San Francisco. source

Few details are known about Neuralink. The company’s sparse website says it’s “developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.” It’s also recruiting engineers and scientists to join the effort.

“No neuroscience experience is required: talent and drive matter far more,” the company says on the site. “We expect most of our team to come from other areas and industries.” source
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« Reply #181 on: August 26, 2017, 09:34:49 pm »

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/25/texas-mayor-tells-non-evacuees-mark-social-security-number-arms-id/
8/25/17

Hurricane Harvey: Texas Mayor Says Get Out or Mark ID on Your Arm

The mayor pro tem of Rockport, Texas, told residents of the city where Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall Friday night to get out while they can or mark their ID on their arms in preparation for the worst.

Rockport Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Rios told a KIII reporter that people who chose not to heed the mandatory evacuation order should make sure that they have their social security number marked on their arm in case identification is needed.

“Those that are going to stay — it’s unfortunate — but they should make some type of preparation to mark their arm with a Sharpie Pen,” Rios told KIII ABC 3 reporter Michael Gibson. “Put their social security number on it, and their name.”

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« Reply #182 on: August 30, 2017, 11:25:12 am »

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BREAKING: Bitcoin Is Exploding!
8/29/17

Bitcoin has made a new record high above $4600.

From Zerohedge:

The prices of Bitcoin has exploded overnight, surging over 6% to a new record high above $4600 as demand from South Korea and Japan spurred more safe haven buying as gold and Treasury bond prices rose following North Korea's most provocative missile launch yet.

Heavy volume taking Bitcoin higher...
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« Reply #183 on: September 15, 2017, 01:11:49 am »

There's a war on for your mind!


Swedes already using biometric chip instead of train tickets

A microchip embedded under the skin will replace credit cards and keys according to Stephen Ray, who has already overseen a program for Sweden’s largest state owned train operator that allows customers to scan their chips instead of using tickets.

BBC News showcased the system in which Swedes are able to have their embedded chip scanned by a conductor who uses an app to match up their chip membership number with a purchased ticket.

Around 3,000 people in Sweden have already had a chip embedded in their hand in order to access secure areas of buildings.

SJ – the first travel company in the world to implement the system is north Europe’s largest train operator. The company initially expects around 200 people to join the program.

Despite Ray dismissing concerns about privacy, when the program was launched some customers complained that their LinkedIn profiles were appearing instead of their train tickets when conductors scanned their biometric chip.

“You could use the microchip implant to replace a lot of stuff, your credit cards, they keys to your house, the keys to your car,” Ray told the BBC.

His sentiments echo the tone of an NBC News report last year which asserted the microchipping of children will happen “sooner rather than later” and that Americans will eventually accept the process as something just as normal as the barcode.

“It’s not a matter of if it will happen, but when,” electronics expert Stuart Lipoff told the network.

Concerns about the embedded microchip representing the “mark of the beast” mentioned in the bible have been expressed by many on the Christian right for over two decades.

Revelations 13:16-17 talks about every man receiving “a mark in their right hand, or in their forehead,” without which they are not able to “buy or sell”.

https://www.infowars.com/implanted-microchip-to-replace-credit-cards-car-keys/
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BREAKING: Bitcoin Carnage Commences!
9/15/17

Bitcoin has crashed below $3000 after China has demanded its local exchanges halt trading.

From Zerohedge:

The latest bitcoin news out of China has confirmed recent rumors and traders' fears about a widespread crypto-crackdown, sending the price of bitcoin world-wide spiraling lower to levels it hasn't touched since the beginning of the "summer of bitcoin." Information appearing from China appears to confirm that trading will no longer be legal for Bitcoin-to-fiat platforms. According to market regulators, all exchanges must close by the end of the month.

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Beijing market regulator requires all virtual currency exchanges (ie. OKcoin and Huobi) to stop trading by end of today.
4:21 AM - Sep 15, 2017

The price is down 20% this morning, adding to a similarly large drop yesterday, slipping below $3,000 for the first time since mid-July.
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« Reply #185 on: September 16, 2017, 08:25:37 pm »

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/apples-new-iphone-x-faceid-takes-giant-step-closer-mark-beast-surveillance-system/
Apple’s New iPhone X With FaceID Takes Giant Step Closer To A Mark Of The Beast Surveillance System
FaceID uses a combination of light projectors and sensors to take several images of your facial features. Collectively called the 'TrueDepth camera system', Apple says these technologies work together to build a 'detailed depth map of your face to recognize you in an instant.' While Facebook has a powerful facial recognition system, it doesn’t maintain the operating systems that control the cameras on phones, tablets, and laptops that stare at us every day.

9/16/17

Apple’s new smartphone, iPhone X, uses a recognition system called Face ID to unlock your device and authorize payments. How does it check that your identity is authentic?

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: What is the Mark Of The Beast as found in Revelation 13? It is a physical “mark” that is embedded into either the back of your right hand or in your forehead. It’s purpose is two-fold. First, it is spiritual in that accepting the Mark is an act of worship of and obedience to the Antichrist, and two, it is physical in that it controls all the buying and selling you wish to engage in. No Mark? You cannot buy or sell anything, not having the Mark locks you out of the global commerce and financial system. In short, with the Mark implanted YOU have become the currency. The new iPhone X from Apple comes with something called FaceID where a scan of your face is used to conduct a variety of activities including…wait for it…authorizing purchases made through your iPhone. As Bible believers, we know that there can be no Mark Of The Beast until the Beast shows up, but man oh man, this sure is a giant step closer.

“It compares two face images and determines how similar they are,” explains Professor Anil Jain, who studies pattern recognition and computer vision at Michigan State University. “In the simplest way, that’s what face recognition does. You enroll your face, just like in Touch ID you enroll your fingerprint.”

FaceID uses a combination of light projectors and sensors to take several images of your facial features. Collectively called the ‘TrueDepth camera system‘, Apple says these technologies work together to build a ‘detailed depth map of your face to recognize you in an instant.’
Apple explains FaceID on iPhone X:

While Facebook has a powerful facial recognition system, it doesn’t maintain the operating systems that control the cameras on phones, tablets, and laptops that stare at us every day.

Apple’s new system completely changes that. For the first time, a company will have a facial recognition system with millions of profiles, and the hardware to scan and identify faces throughout the world.

According to Wired, this is a system already ripe for government abuse. The government could issue an order to Apple with a set of targets and instructions to scan iPhones, iPads, and Macs to search for specific targets based on FaceID, and then Apple would provide the government with those targets’ location based on the GPS data of devices’ that receive a match. Apple has a good record of fighting for user privacy, but there’s only so much the company could do if its objections to an order are turned down by the courts. And the government is already looking into how this could benefit them, but are hiding behind the guise of “privacy.” On Wednesday Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) released a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, asking how the company will handle the technology’s security and privacy implications.

Over the last decade the government has increasingly embraced this type of mass scan method. Edward Snowden’s disclosures revealed the existence of Upstream, a program under FISA Section 702 (set to expire in just a few months). With Upstream, the NSA scans all internet communications going into and out of the United States for surveillance targets’ emails, as well as IP addresses and what the agency has called cyber signatures. And last year Reuters revealed that Yahoo, in compliance with a government order, built custom software to scan hundreds of millions of email accounts for content that contained a digital signature used by surveillance targets.

To many these mass scans are unconstitutional and unlawful, but that has not stopped the government from pursing them. Nor have those concerns prevented the secretive FISA Court from approving the government’s requests, all too often with the public totally unaware that mass scans continue to sift through millions of Americans’ private communications. source
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« Reply #186 on: September 16, 2017, 10:08:28 pm »

Infowars: Implanted Microchip To Replace Credit Cards, Car Keys

A microchip embedded under the skin will replace credit cards and keys according to Stephen Ray, who has already overseen a program for Sweden’s largest state owned train operator that allows customers to scan their chips instead of using tickets.  BBC News showcased the system in which Swedes are able to have their embedded chip scanned by a conductor who uses an app to match up their chip membership number with a purchased ticket.   LINK

https://www.infowars.com/implanted-microchip-to-replace-credit-cards-car-keys/
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Infowars: Implanted Microchip To Replace Credit Cards, Car Keys

A microchip embedded under the skin will replace credit cards and keys according to Stephen Ray, who has already overseen a program for Sweden’s largest state owned train operator that allows customers to scan their chips instead of using tickets.  BBC News showcased the system in which Swedes are able to have their embedded chip scanned by a conductor who uses an app to match up their chip membership number with a purchased ticket.   LINK

https://www.infowars.com/implanted-microchip-to-replace-credit-cards-car-keys/

Depending on when the rapture will happen, I believe the RFID chip will be rolled out sooner than we think, albeit voluntarily via appealing to the lusts of the flesh.
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« Reply #188 on: September 18, 2017, 09:27:19 am »

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-08-24-all-sheeple-citizens-who-want-to-receive-government-benefits-must-agree-to-be-microchipped-in-the-near-future.html
All sheeple citizens who want to receive government benefits must agree to be microchipped in the near future

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by: Jayson Veley   

Natural News) Late last month, it was reported that a Wisconsin company called Three Square Market was planning on surgically implanting microchips underneath the skin of its employees for convenience purposes. Three Square Market CEO Todd Westby told KSTP, the Twin Cities ABC affiliate station, that the microchip implants are “the next big thing that’s inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it.”

Westby explained that the microchip would be capable of doing a number of different things, from allowing people to purchase food in the break room by simply scanning their hand, to serving as an electronic key to open doors and access computers.

The microchips use Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID) to function, which also happens to be the technology used when you pay for items using your iPhone or Android device.

“We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals,” said the Three Square Market CEO in a statement. “Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.”

But while Todd Westby may be enthusiastic about the use of this microchip technology in everyday life, thousands or even millions of others are no doubt concerned. The idea of implanting microchips underneath the skin in order to store information regarding your health and finances sounds like something straight out of George Orwell’s famous book 1984. Even if the chips do not have a GPS system and it’s impossible to track those that have them embedded underneath their skin, the overall concept is still unnerving. Americans are conditioned to embrace individual liberty, and microchip implants force them to embrace the exact opposite of that.

Noelle Chesley, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, believes that the use of microchips is only going to become more common in the not-so-distant future. “It will happen to everybody,” she explained. “But not this year, and not in 2018. Maybe not my generation, but certainly that of my kids.” (Related: Australia has become the first country to microchip its citizens.)

In fact, the idea of using microchips in order to track the financial situations of welfare recipients has already been suggested by one politician in Finland. According to Sputnik News, a member of Finland’s conservative Finn Party recently recommended implanting satellite-tracking chips inside of welfare recipients in response to news that some recipients continued to receive payments after leaving the country to fight for the Islamic State.

Pasi Maenranta, the politician who suggested the idea, argued on his Facebook page that in order to receive welfare payments from Kela, “one has to tell exact data about your location using your personal code, read by a satellite.” Maenranta also noted that it would be possible to implant microchips beneath the skin of all those traveling overseas “who for example receive medical welfare from Kela,” also known as the Social Insurance Institution.

But regardless of how good the intentions may be, there are still a lot of questions that must be answered before the people of our country and elsewhere embrace the use of surgically implanted microchips. Can they ever be turned off or removed? Who exactly will have access to your location should the microchip be equipped with GPS technology? And if the microchips contain personal information regarding health and finances, will it be possible for that information to be hacked and potentially sold by a third party?

If Americans are serious about holding on to our Fourth Amendment right to privacy, then these are questions that we should all demand be answered before more advancements in microchip technology are made.
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« Reply #189 on: September 20, 2017, 01:33:00 pm »

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/fingopay-uk-grocery-store-becomes-worlds-first-allow-customers-pay-scan-veins-finger/
UK Grocery Store Becomes World’s First To Allow Customers To Pay With Scan Of Veins In Finger Using Fingopay
Customers at the Costcutter store, at Brunel University in London, can now pay using their unique vein pattern to identify themselves. The firm behind the technology, Sthaler, has said it is in "serious talks" with other major UK supermarkets to adopt hi-tech finger vein scanners at pay points across thousands of stores.   It works by using infrared to scan people's finger veins and then links this unique biometric map to their bank cards. Customers’ bank details are then stored with payment provider Worldpay, in the same way you can store your card details when shopping online. Shoppers can then turn up to the supermarket with nothing on them but their own hands and use it to make payments in just three seconds.

9/20/17

UK supermarket has become the first in the world to let shoppers pay for groceries using just the veins in their fingertips with Fingopay.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:16-18 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Advances in computer technology are coming so fast and close together that even people who pay attention to this sort of thing are hard-pressed to keep up with all of it. The human body is rapidly become the main point of contact for controlling buying and selling. First step was getting you in front of a computer (1994-2004), the second step was making your computer mobile and travel in your pocket (2004-2014), the third and current step is adding biometrics to your device (2014-2017), and the next step will be implanting your device inside your body. We are 75% of the way to the Mark of the Beast, so that means the Beast must be getting ready to make an appearance.

Customers at the Costcutter store, at Brunel University in London, can now pay using their unique vein pattern to identify themselves. The firm behind the technology, Sthaler, has said it is in “serious talks” with other major UK supermarkets to adopt hi-tech finger vein scanners at pay points across thousands of stores.

It works by using infrared to scan people’s finger veins and then links this unique biometric map to their bank cards. Customers’ bank details are then stored with payment provider Worldpay, in the same way you can store your card details when shopping online. Shoppers can then turn up to the supermarket with nothing on them but their own hands and use it to make payments in just three seconds.

It comes as previous studies have found fingerprint recognition, used widely on mobile phones, is vulnerable to being hacked and can be copied even from finger smears left on phone screens. But Sthaler, the firm behind the technology, claims vein technology is the most secure biometric identification method as it cannot be copied or stolen.

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by Geoffrey Grider September 20, 2017
UK supermarket has become the first in the world to let shoppers pay for groceries using just the veins in their fingertips with Fingopay.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:16-18 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Advances in computer technology are coming so fast and close together that even people who pay attention to this sort of thing are hard-pressed to keep up with all of it. The human body is rapidly become the main point of contact for controlling buying and selling. First step was getting you in front of a computer (1994-2004), the second step was making your computer mobile and travel in your pocket (2004-2014), the third and current step is adding biometrics to your device (2014-2017), and the next step will be implanting your device inside your body. We are 75% of the way to the Mark of the Beast, so that means the Beast must be getting ready to make an appearance.

Customers at the Costcutter store, at Brunel University in London, can now pay using their unique vein pattern to identify themselves. The firm behind the technology, Sthaler, has said it is in “serious talks” with other major UK supermarkets to adopt hi-tech finger vein scanners at pay points across thousands of stores.

It works by using infrared to scan people’s finger veins and then links this unique biometric map to their bank cards. Customers’ bank details are then stored with payment provider Worldpay, in the same way you can store your card details when shopping online. Shoppers can then turn up to the supermarket with nothing on them but their own hands and use it to make payments in just three seconds.

It comes as previous studies have found fingerprint recognition, used widely on mobile phones, is vulnerable to being hacked and can be copied even from finger smears left on phone screens. But Sthaler, the firm behind the technology, claims vein technology is the most secure biometric identification method as it cannot be copied or stolen.

Forget Fingerprints: Meet Vein Scanning From Fingopay

Shaler said dozens of students were already using the system and it expected 3,000 students out of 13,000 to have signed up by November. Finger print payments are already used widely at cash points in Poland, Turkey and Japan.

Vein scanners are also used as a way of accessing high-security UK police buildings and authorising internal trading at least one major British investment bank.

The firm is also in discussions with nightclubs, gyms about using the technology to verify membership and even Premier League football clubs to check people have the right access to VIP hospitality areas.

The technology uses an infrared light to create a detailed map of the vein pattern in your finger.

It requires the person to be alive, meaning in the unlikely event a criminal hacks off someone’s finger, it would not work. Sthaler said it take just one minute to sign up to the system initially and, after that, it takes just seconds to place your finger in a scanner each time you reach the supermarket checkout.
Simon Binns, commercial director of Sthaler, told the Daily Telegraph:

    “This makes payments so much easier for customers. They don’t need to carry cash or cards. They don’t need to remember a pin number. You just bring yourself. This is the safest form of biometrics. There are no known incidences where this security has been breached.

“When you put your finger in the scanner it checks you are alive, it checks for a pulse, it checks for haemoglobin. ‘Your vein pattern is secure because it is kept on a database in an encrypted form, as binary numbers. No card details are stored with the retailer or ourselves, it is held with Worldpay, in the same way it is when you buy online.”

Nick Telford-Reed, director of technology innovation at Worldpay UK, said: “In our view, finger vein technology has a number of advantages over fingerprint. This deployment of Fingopay in Costcutter branches demonstrates how consumers increasingly want to see their payment methods secure and simple.” source

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https://www.journalofaccountancy.com/newsletters/2017/oct/artificial-intelligence-changing-accounting.html?utm_source=mnl:cpainsider&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10Oct2017
10/10/17
How artificial intelligence is changing accounting
Companies should strategize now for how to use this revolutionary technology.
By Sarah Ovaska-Few

Artificial intelligence isn't coming. It's already here.

Early investments by large firms, including several of the Big Four, have paid off with advanced technology that can, among other things, slash the amount of time accountants spend on complex audits and asset estimates.

Now all firms, even small ones, should be thinking about how to adopt advanced technology like artificial intelligence (AI), whether it will be by contracting with specialized technology companies or building their own departments, said Derek Bang, CPA, CGMA, the chief strategy and innovation officer at Chicago-based Crowe Horwath, one of the largest accounting firms in the United States.

"They're going to have to have a strategy," Bang said. "You need to start putting some money aside into innovation."

Reports of machines replacing accountants by the thousands are likely overblown, and capable accountants will be needed to oversee and utilize advanced technology, said Tom Davenport, a Babson College professor who studies business applications of AI. 

"At some point, there might be some job loss on the margins, but mostly we're giving people more sophisticated work to do than just looking through documents," Davenport said.

AI explained

AI is technology that enables computers to perform decision-based tasks previously left to humans. It shows up in multiple forms, including machine-based learning that can progressively become better at analysis and decisions the more it is used, and speech-based technology that can understand different voices and languages.

More than 80% of executives believe AI leads to a competitive advantage, and 79% believe it will increase their company's productivity, according to a recent MIT-Boston Consulting Group survey of more than 3,000 business executives.

AI is being developed by multiple accounting firms and will dramatically change the profession in coming years, said Jon Raphael, CPA, Deloitte's audit chief innovation officer.

"We're at a real pivot point in terms of being able to wrangle and use data in ways we've never even contemplated before," he said.

That doesn't mean walking, talking robots like Star Wars' C-3PO and R2-D2 will be handling client meetings anytime soon.

Instead, AI is largely being used to digest and analyze large volumes of data at speeds well beyond what any person or team of people could do, Davenport said.


"What AI is doing is sort of a more sophisticated version of what spreadsheets do," he said. "The more analytic and decision-oriented computations, at least for the next 20 to 30 years, will still require humans."

Full speed ahead

At Deloitte, auditors can access AI tools with natural language processing capabilities to interpret thousands of contracts or deeds, Raphael said. The technology can extract key terms and compile and analyze that information to perform risk assessments or other functions.

Entire populations or datasets — a large company's leases, for example — can be assessed in a shorter period of time, whereas the samples previously examined by accountants could have taken a lot longer.

"It's creating a new view about where the profession is going," Raphael said.

Applications of AI and machine-based learning vary from firm to firm, with huge variances in how companies develop the technology, Bang said.

"AI and machine learning is as deep a field as accounting is," he said.

That means firms can differentiate themselves and corner areas of the market by specializing in different areas.

At Crowe Horwath, Bang and his team of 20 data scientists have harnessed technology to tackle complex billing problems in the health care industry. The team was able to use machine-based learning to sift through enormous but disparate billing systems of its health care clients to flag accounts where there are time-consuming and costly complexities in claim processing and reimbursement. In those cases, the health care companies and hospitals can use the technology developed by Crowe Horwath to proactively deal with those complicated cases instead of waiting for the problems to make themselves known, a development that can save clients hundreds of man-hours.

"We're finding we can solve problems that couldn't have been solved otherwise," Bang said.

Instead of talking about hypothetical future uses, Bang prefers to show his firm's leaders what he and his team have already developed, from health care billing solutions to conducting the background research needed to apply for research and development tax credits.

At Deloitte, the excitement about AI is shared by its clients, with auditors showing how they are using AI-based applications to quickly conduct accurate assessments of vast real estate holdings or analyze thousands of contracts to compile the risks a large company faces.

"Clients want to do this in their own business," Raphael said. "We spark the thinking of where they can go."

How to prepare

To prepare for the oncoming wave of AI, Raphael suggested that interested CPAs gain database and IT skills by taking on specialized projects in their workplace, attending seminars, completing self-directed learning, or taking classes.

Having a solid basis in data management and a high comfort level with new technologies will give those practitioners an edge as AI use increases in the field.

He said that the professional skepticism auditors are trained to have is needed as well to be able to spot when the analyses are off and to deal with exceptions.

"We don't want to have people relying on a tool blindly," he said.

What's ahead

Smaller firms don't have the same resources as largest firms to develop and fine-tune their own AI products. But experts say that the technology will be more widely available in coming years, and they expect it eventually to become standard fare.

Davenport likens it to the advent of the internet. When the World Wide Web was first publicly available, only a few large companies could afford to go online or develop their own intranets. That changed, of course, and today there is scarcely a firm, or person, left unconnected to the web.

The same will happen with AI, and it may become as common as the internet is now, Bang said.

"The accountants of the future will exist, but they will know how to interact with machines," he said.
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