The Southern Evangelical Seminary unveiled its new humanoid robot Friday, making the Christian apologetics school the first seminary in the country to use a robot to study the ethics of emerging technology in artificial intelligence.
The NAO, pronounced "now," robot is a 23-inch, programmable machine that will allow students and faculty to conduct research pertinent to bionics, human enhancement, transhumanism and nanotechnology.
"It is our desire to be on the leading edge of what is before our culture in all areas," said Dr. Richard Land, SES president, in a statement. "It is in this way that we can influence church leadership and thereby impact what messages are being delivered to equip Christians to defend their faith at all costs." more >>
The wildly popular and successful Flappy Bird mobile game will no longer be available for iOS and Android devices by the end of the day.
The game's developer Dong Nguyen took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to announce his decision to stop offering it in online stores for unspecified reasons.
"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore," tweeted Nguyen. "It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore. I also don't sell 'Flappy Bird' please don't ask." more >>
The wildly popular smartphone game Flappy Bird generates $50,000 per day in ad revenue.
The game's creator Dong Nguyen reported to The Verge that the money generated from from in-app ads equates to that impressive number. Flappy Bird has been downloaded 50 million times since it launched for iOS last September and Android last month.
The game consists of navigating a bird through a maze of pipes by tapping on the screen. The levels resemble Super Mario Bros. as the pipes seem very similar to those found in Nintendo's game. The objective is to get a high score by getting the bird through as many pipes as possible. Once the bird touches something the game is over, and it will restart. more >>
I have conversations almost daily with church leaders about the subject of social media. I continue to be amazed at the number of leaders who see it as a bonus or an add-on at best and at worst, a time-wasting nuisance. One of the common questions I hear is "Do we really need to be doing this? Do I really need to be making time for this?"
The assumption is that real ministry in real relationships happen in the real world, not the online realm. And herein lies the fallacy of our dated thinking. Some of us are still in the mode of thinking in which there is a barrier between the online world and the "real" world. But that barrier is gone. It only exists in the minds who haven't bothered to notice its absence yet.
I grew up in the age of the "information superhighway." Most of us thought the Internet was all about information and data. We would connect to it to do our research or surf the web for fun, then disconnect and end our online session. Now we know that information is only part of what the web is all about. It's not just about what we can know anymore. It's now about who we can know, and how what we know gets passed around among the people with whom we interact online. more >>
I am defensive of social media. Yes, it's easy to make fun of when you're just not into it. And it's also easy to criticize when you've been negatively affected by it. But I still believe that it's going to be more and more like air – an unavoidable and ubiquitous part of the atmosphere in which we live life.
That being said, social media can destroy your life. Quickly. Consider the recent story of a PR executive who, on her way to Africa, tweeted something with rather racist implications. She lost her job and six-figure salary and probably won't find employment again soon in the industry she's built her career in. Or the many thousands of couples whose divorce proceedings include details of an affair that started with flirting over Facebook.
Social media will destroy your life. Or perhaps more accurately, social media will allow you to destroy your own life quickly and painfully. How? more >>
The National Security Agency (NSA) has the capability to access to the personal information of millions of Americans via apps on smartphones, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. A civil liberties expert denounced the misuse of this technology as a violation of the Fourth Amendment.
"Monitoring someone through an app is as valid a means as any other to spy on a legitimate target; monitoring everyone – whether through their apps, their web browsing, or their phone records — is dangerous," Julian Sanchez, research fellow at the Cato Institute, told The Christian Post in a Tuesday statement.
According to reports from The New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica, the NSA can discover a person's location, political leanings, and even sexual orientation through mobile mapping, gaming, and social networking apps common to the world's estimated 1 billion smartphones. The documents do not say whether or not NSA has used this capability. more >>