Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Surely I can detect fragrance better than a computer, can’t I?

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?

Education · Language Acquisition

How does Dual Language Instruction Work?

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?

Education · Language Acquisition

The Future of Linguistic Diversity in the US

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

Artificial Intelligence (AI) · Christmas · Online Shopping

An AI Christmas?

…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?

Asylum · Christmas · Immigration

Assault on 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

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Consider This … Artificial Intelligence

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

Politics · Technology

Does Technology favor Tyranny?

I just finished reading an article by Yuval Noah Harari at 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?