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Thoughts

“There will still be things that machines cannot do. They will not produce great art or great literature or great philosophy; they will not be able to discover the secret springs of happiness in the human heart; they will know nothing of love and friendship.”

Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, social critic.

Man’s knowledge is growing exponentially and at break-neck speed. Every day we hear of new discoveries and new technologies. Just this week on Feb. 14-16, a computer designed by IBM named “Watson” competed on Jeopardy against the two best winners in the history of the game-Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Ken won 74 consecutive games of Jeopardy and Brad holds the all-time earnings record of $3,255,102. Watson won the game by more than $53,000.

Watching the computer against humans Jeopardy match and the story behind what it took to create a machine that has the ability to understand the context of human language and the ability to reason, was fascinating. I couldn’t help but think of how wonderfully made the human brain is. Watson physically filled up a room with 10 server racks, each with 10 IBM Power 750 servers and two large refrigeration units to keep it cool, compared to a human brain that can fit into a shoe box. And Watson cannot see, hear, taste, or feel emotions. He does not have a spirit.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…” -Genesis 1:26 (NIV)

the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. -Genesis 2:7 (NIV)

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

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