You can have anything you want, just not everything you want. This was the advice given to me by my family financial planner when I was a teenager and I’ve never forgotten it. The constant reminder that not only life is short, but that I need to think about what is most important. For me, […]
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I was pursuing my Facebook feed the other day and came across an advertisement for Replika, an “Artificial Intelligence Friend”, which offers to be a virtual personal relationship, providing a vehicle for self-expression, understanding, and feedback. We’ve talked about Empathy in the context of bots or applications, but this is a whole new level. This […]
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I have kids and I love them. Sometimes love isn’t enough. Sometimes you need to be told how to express your love in a way that crosses a barrier you’ve slowly built up over time. I was noticing a problem with one of my kids about how they responded to being angry. I tried “everything”, […]
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The greatest blessing I’ve been given has been to be a husband and a father to seven kids. These experiences have shaped who I am and who I want to be. They cause me to earnestly desire to serve my family in a sacrificial manner. In looking at the lessons I’ve learned as a dad, […]
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Introduction I’m so pumped to share with you a race report on Ironman Wisconsin 2019. In prep for my first and second Ironman races I read a lot of race reports, especially on Wisconsin and it helped me prepare substantially, if only to place myself in the part of the person racing and hope to […]
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We all have friends in our lives, but how often have we taken a moment to think about the types of friends we have? Aristotle has given us an interesting model that is helpful to this day of three types of friendship, which are (1) friendships of utility, (2) friendships of pleasure, and (3) friendships […]
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Chapter 3: Humanity Positively Impacted by AI Editors Note: This post is a part of a series on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. For the benefit of humanity, AI can prove to be the most important invention of our generation, if the strengths are appropriately governed. If you consider the innovation wave that AI is producing […]
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Chapter 2: The Definition of Artificial Intelligence Editors Note: This post is a part of a series on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. What is AI? Is AI essentially any machine computational process that takes an input and arrives at a probability? Does it depend on more? To have a fruitful conversation about artificial intelligence, we […]
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Chapter 1: The Human Difference Editors Note: This post is a part of a series on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. The first question when considering machine ethics is “where to start?” We could start with a definition of ethics, an understanding of what is possible, or how machines are improving at an increasing rate. Instead, […]
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I don’t keep a habit of remembering Valentine’s day particularly well, but on this one I was surreptitiously listening to some Andrew Peterson music and hit the song “World Traveler”. I think when many of us enter life we have grand visions of what we have set out to do and sometimes those visions end up being accurate depictions of how our lives turn out. In other cases, the visions are very different than what we actually experience, but the one we participate in is much better than we could have imagined. World Traveler talks about a person who sees a life before them in exploration and adventure, though later finds himself finding the love of his life, getting married, and having kids. This transition to many might seem like he lost the opportunity for exploration and is now in the monotony of daily life. The song however paints a different idea, one that matches my own experience, which is the discovery of love and the voyage through life with children brings about a greater degree of insight, adventure, and joy than even the most interesting of travels. As I look at my own life this Valentine’s day, I know that my wife and my children have made me who I am, have opened my eyes to who I can be, and are the greatest gifts God could provide in this life. I combine that with what I have the opportunity to do for work and I have much to be thankful for. This isn’t to say that everyone is called to the vocation of marriage, but for me, it brings about who I’m called to be because of its challenges and the need to give of myself, rather than take. What a blessing the burden of this vocation can be when I think of it as a blessing instead.
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