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Theopolis Monk, Part 5: Further Fertile Fields

For the closing section of this five-part series (previous sections being Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4), I have selected five areas of current conversation that I find to be particularly
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Theopolis Monk, Part 4: Servant and Sword

(Image: Der Wächter des Paradieses, Franz Stuck, 1889, with a bit of photoshop by the author.) In exploring the potential use of AI for public good, we have veered from
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Theopolis Monk, Part 3: The Hypothesis is Probably Wrong

In Part 1 of this series, we reflected on a set of hopes for “benevolent” AI governance as seen in the science fiction TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Humanity, having
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Theopolis Monk, Part 2: Their Thoughts are Not Our Thoughts

(Image: activations in the first layer of one of the author’s neural network projects for audio signal processing. Easily interpretable, right?) The deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) systems in the
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Theopolis Monk, Part 1: Envisioning a Future of A.I. Public Service

As a young person, I was a devotee of the TV show “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” which was a science-fiction retelling of the Rip Van Winkle myth. When
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What America Means To Me*, Part I: Pluralism

Pluralism means we need our differences. They are assets, not hindrances.
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When Jesus Doesn’t Answer

One of the hardest areas of our Christian walk is faith and trust in Jesus in the hard times. Those times where we want to hear the audible voice of God. We wish we could talk to Jesus just like we talk to our best friend. Jesus is supposed to be our best friend. Why doesn’t he talk back? Is he really God at all? If he is, why is he so silent? Where is he?
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Five Reasons Everyone Should Own a Few Jazz Albums

Here’s a list of occasions in a civilized adult’s life when jazz is truly the best choice.
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