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Month: April 2017

Kasparov, Wall-E and AI Hope

Kasparov, Wall-E and AI Hope

The first man to be beaten by a machine is now optimistic about AI. Gary Kasparov, Russian chess champion, also holds the title of being the first human beaten by a machine. The momentous occasion happened in 1997. He reportedly did not react well to his defeat, once accusing IBM of cheating by using a humans to improve the computer’s gaming strategy. He would later become one of the first voices to warn about the danger of AI. So, it…

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Our Bodies Matter to God

Our Bodies Matter to God

Because robust theology cannot be done without a strong biblical foundation, I will occasionally blog on the lectionary. For those of you not familiar with the lectionary, it is system that divides the Bible in Sunday readings so that a congregation can cycle through all of Scripture in a period of 3 years. It is a mainstay in mainline denominations but is now also becoming common in non-denomination circles. This is not a Sunday sermon but an attempt to reflect…

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5 Things Christian Leaders Need To Know About AI

5 Things Christian Leaders Need To Know About AI

AI is fast becoming part of our lives. So what? While it is easy to see how this technology is relevant to IT professionals, business leaders and geeks (like myself), how does it impact those pursuing Christian ministry? In this blog, I put forth the five main reasons why I think Christian leaders should be paying attention to AI (and why I started a blog about it). 1. AI Will Directly Impact Those You Minister To  Professionals in all areas…

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Can Companion Robots Heal Our Loneliness?

Can Companion Robots Heal Our Loneliness?

Can companion robots improve the social life of the elderly? That is what Intuition robotics wants you to believe with their new product: ELI Q. This sociable robot interacts with their users reminding them to take their meds, call friends and even to play games. Their rationale is compelling. With an aging population and longer life-spans, using AI to prevent social isolation is a clever idea. The question is, of course, how much is it really incumbent on the user…

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Ghost in The Shell: Can Cyborgs Feel Hope?

Ghost in The Shell: Can Cyborgs Feel Hope?

My plan was to convince my wife to go see Ghost In the Shell last weekend. Yet, after reading the scathing reviews, I opted for a different plan. As one interested in the topic of AI, it sounded like the original animated movie (Ghost in the Shell – 1995) directed by Kazunori. A critique of the Hollywood version was its lack of depth compared to the original. Apart from the controversy about white-washing, it seemed like the biggest complaint was the…

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Who gets to decide our future?

Who gets to decide our future?

Business insider published a provocative article suggesting a transition to come where our devices will progress from being detached to wearable, and eventually to implanted. Elon Musk just launched Neuralink, a company seeking to develop a neural lace that could upload our thoughts. Sweedish startup Epicenter is now implanting microchips in their employees to act as cards so they can open doors and pay for a smoothie. Can this be the beginning of a whole new industry that wants to shape us…

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Augmentation As The True Promise of AI

Augmentation As The True Promise of AI

In the discussion about AI, a lot has been said about the fear of automation. Yet, not enough is said about augmentation. In short, the difference is that automation replaces human work while augmentation enhances human work. Just think about mowing your grass without a motorized lawn mower and you get the picture of what augmentation looks like. Without it, you would have to cut all the grass, sweep it into piles and then throw it in the trash. The…

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