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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sunspots 419

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:
Christianity: Ken Schenck, on "Going to Heaven." Schenck says that, in spite of popular Christian belief, the dominant New Testament view is that what should be emphasized is becoming part of the Kingdom, not getting to heaven, and that heaven will be on earth. (A re-booted earth!)
Computing: Wired reports that Google has been working with giant neural networks, and that artificial intelligence is a lot closer to really understanding some things (whatever understanding means!).
Health: National Public Radio reports on a robot therapist (well, not exactly a robot, but automated, and not exactly a therapist) being developed to help diagnose potential suicides in the military.
Humor: (Not exactly, but I don't have a category for this one!) Wired has kindly posted a video of what a grizzly's mouth looks like as it eats something, in this case, a camera.
Politics: In spite of thousands killed by leaks or explosions of various kinds of chemical plants, and billions of dollars of damages paid by the industry, little has been done to protect the public, or the employees, reports National Public Radio. The report includes this quote: "Chemical plants are really pre-positioned weapons of mass destruction . . ."


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