Bernard Marr has written an article for Forbes examining the use of Artificial Intelligence in the production of fragrances. Wait… AI can’t smell, can it? It can’t, but that doesn’t seem to be a hindrance. It is able to predict what smells we will like based on their chemical composition! I recommend the article. Read… Continue reading Surely I can detect fragrance better than a computer, can’t I?
In this video Diane August, managing researcher at American Institutes for Research, explains some of the key distinguishing elements of dual language programs as well as some of the challenges faced by school districts in implementing them. The full report referenced in this video, a joint production of the U.S. Department of Education with the… Continue reading How does Dual Language Instruction Work?
The last two decades have seen a rapid rise in the number of dual language immersion programs in the nation’s public schools. In North Carolina we went from seven dual language schools in 2005 to one hundred forty in 2018. Utah has also seen a sharp rise in the number of dual language schools. These… Continue reading The Future of Linguistic Diversity in the US
The use of labyrinths as an aid to silent reflection has a very long history, even predating Christianity. Evidence for their use in Christian reflection begins very early. They became an inexpensive way to represent the pilgrimage path for those who could not make the journey to Jerusalem, for example. Here are some pictures of… Continue reading A Time for Silence
Watch the market shift over the last 23 years with some rather radical changes, but with Microsoft remaining near the top of the list. Can we project anything useful for the years ahead?
This week I was introduced to an article from the New York Times entitled “Our Culture of Contempt“, written by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank based in Washington DC. While I am not a fan of the institute, this article is particularly relevant to what is happening… Continue reading Our Culture of Contempt
…the scales have tipped in favor of online shopping with 51% of the Deloitte 2017 Holiday Retail Survey respondents saying they would be making the bulk of their purchases online this holiday season Why will more than half of this years Christmas shopping happen online? According to Forbes, it’s due to the advances in AI that enable… Continue reading An AI Christmas?
This morning I read an article by Benjamin Perry from Sojourners magazine. He connected two texts from Matthew’s Gospel in a way that is compelling in light of recent actions toward asylum seekers at our southern border and the coming of Christmas. I highly recommend the article. I also read Leonard Pitts’ article from the… Continue reading Assault on Christmas
I would like to thank Emily Brewer for recommending a program at the Friday Center coming up on December 4. The event is free and addresses an issue at the heart of our Spring 2018 class. The program is titled “Consider This … Artificial Intelligence”. Here are the details: Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4 | 6:30… Continue reading Consider This … Artificial Intelligence
I just finished reading an article by Yuval Noah Harari at TheAtlantic.com. It was adapted from his book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, and it raises fascinating questions about where we are headed as technology becomes more and more powerful. While some of what he has to say sounds alarmist, he also raises a number of… Continue reading Does Technology favor Tyranny?