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Three Laws and Two Commandments

The debate over artificial intelligence (AI) is really a philosophical one. Although it has all the earmarks of being about technology, the technology itself is really beside the point. The technological advances in the interrelated areas of computer science and robotics have brought the debate home in a real way, instead of being merely theoretical and futuristic. The decisions we make now will certainly have ramifications for the future of our children and grandchildren, but they also will have an immediate impact on our own tomorrow.

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Honoring a Dying Man’s Request

I was driving north on I-75 toward Knoxville in late May 2008 on my way to a speaking engagement in Morgantown, West Virginia, when I received a phone call from my office. “Gary, a man just called. He said that he was dying and that he had to talk with you.” I knew it was Chris Hoops. He had been ill for some time from a failing liver. Chris was a godly man who understood the Christian heritage of our nation and how it had been forgotten. Not only had he been fighting for his life for more than 25 years, he was fighting to return this nation back to its Christian foundation. When I got Chris’ message, I immediately called him.

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Dr. White’s Review of a Review

On January 30, 2009 Joel McDurmon posted an article on the American Vision website regarding his attendance at my debate with Bart Ehrman on January 21 that was held at the Airport Sheraton in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to specific statements that appeared in that article.

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An Overview of My Debate

I was riding my bicycle up South Mountain, a 7 mile long ascent with portions hitting a 12% grade. I was listening to an interview on Issues Etc., and the guest was Bart Ehrman. Ehrman had burst onto the textual critical scene with his 1993 work, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture. His new book, Misquoting Jesus, was a popularization of much of what was in the earlier, scholarly work, along with general information about the history of textual criticism, interwoven with Ehrman’s conclusions.

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The Logic is Inescapable

Two weeks ago, we discussed the mid-1980s film Maximum Overdrive and its contributions (although gratuitous and simplistic) to the artificial intelligence debate. I promised that we would take a look at another, more recent film, that further moves the debate along. In the process of time between then and now however, I have been alerted to an even more recent film that takes the same basic arguments to a much higher level.

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We All Stand On and For Something

When thinking of the famous Greek scientist and great man of physics, Archimedes, (287 B.C.—212 B.C.) you might recall the historical account that has him running naked through the streets of Syracuse in Sicily crying Eureka,

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Popular Culture as a Worldview Wedge

Similar to the way potholes develop, shifts in worldviews occur below the surface with a persistent gradualism until the foundation stones are broken apart. The early Fabian Socialists loved symbolism and depicted their principles in their Fabian Window that was designed in 1920 by George Bernard Shaw. The Fabians chose a wolf in sheep’s clothing as one of their symbols.

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A Poor Substitute for Success

On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals will square off against one another in Super Bowl XLIII. If there ever was a time to crow about the wonders of rebuilding a city around a professional sports team, this would be it. Three of the four teams that were in the play-offs hail from cities—Baltimore, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh—that in recent years spent billions rebuilding their downtowns around pro sports facilities and other community anchors.

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What to do in an Obama World

When a young state senator from Illinois ascended the platform to give the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, many considered him a rising star in the Democratic Party. But even his zaniest fans could not have anticipated that, in four short years, Barack Obama would have made the leap from state senator to United States Senator, and from United States Senator to the President of the United States.

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The New Black Regiment

On the homeschooling front there’s some hot-off-the-presses good news from the Department of Education. I’m guessing it was news that went down hard for bureaucrats in residence at the DOE. Since 1999, homeschooling in the U.S. has grown by a significant 74% with total numbers of children estimated to be in the 2.5 million range. The key incentives that convinced parents to pass up government education were desire for religious and moral instruction, poor school environments, negative peer pressure, safety, drugs and dissatisfaction with academics.

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They Never Said It

For years Christian writers have attributed the following quotation to James Madison (1751-1836), the fourth president of the United States, in hopes of supporting the often repeated claim that the Ten Commandments were the foundational law system of the early colonial constitutions, law codes, and Federal Constitution:

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Of Men and Machines

Last week, we discussed the very real (and very near) prospect of integrating “autonomous robots” into our human society and what sort of ethical questions this might raise. When technological advancement begins to infringe upon personal privacy and freedom, citizens at all levels of political persuasion begin to raise a fuss (just ask President Bush). For some reason, we have this selfish idea that our technological inventions should serve us and not the other way around. The 1986 movie, Maximum Overdrive, which was written and directed by Stephen King, takes this belief about technology and turns it on its head.

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