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July 2020

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The SnotBot: Bringing Democracy Through Whale Snot

The SnotBot is a hexacopter drone plastered with petri dishes that flies over a whale’s blowhole and through the plume of whale snot in the name of science and democracy.
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‘Westworld’ Horses Gone Wild

There are the heartwarming stories. Like Stewie, the robot horse created by senior mechanical engineering students at Rice University. Stewie was created to provide hippotherapy, the use of horseback riding as
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The Texture of the Holy Spirit

Since that bright summer day fifteen years ago when I invited the Holy Spirit to live in me, it has developed a unique texture, a feeling I recognize and pursue.
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Reconciliation for British Columbia’s Indigenous Peoples Through Tech Equality

Indigenous communities across Canada face systemic exclusion from digital and connected technologies; some are stuck with dial-up or no internet access at all. They have been treated as less than
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Can We Bridge the Divide Between Human and Algorithmic Language?

If you ask Google Assistant what its favorite song is, it says, “Daisy Bell is a classic!” Is this a homage to the song the first computer sang back in 1961? Or
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Data for Good: Helping Over 800 Foster Kids Eligible for Adoption in Florida

Persons interested in adopting a foster child in Florida can now register for Family-Match, a revolutionary adoption matching site that utilizes algorithms similar to online dating sites. From their website: “Family-Match
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Google Duplex: An Introvert’s Dream or the Tech We Love to Hate

In 2017, Google launched Smart Reply, which suggests three responses to your emails. In 2018, Smart Compose arrived, which predictively offers complete sentences as you are drafting a message. Recipients of these messages
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Farming Cells Not Cows

Dairy without the cow is here and a new form of sustainable protein will be on our grocery shelves later this year through biotechnology. Animal-free dairy startup Perfect Day is
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Don’t Fear the Reaper: The Stewardship of Death

When everyone’s whole life is a near-death experience, why is it so hard to talk about end-of-life planning? Friends and family members who have lost someone close to them should
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Bible Journal Entry: Meditation on John 16:16, poem by Lois Horton Young

​ “In a little while you won’t see me anymore. But a little while after that, you will see me again.” John 16:16 NLT What is a bible journal? Penzu.com, an
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Churches as Tech Community Centers

Automation anxiety is real. According to a recent Pew survey, 72 percent of Americans
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Can Eating a Plant-Based Diet Save the World?

There are many reasons that people choose to eat a primarily plant-based diet.
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Adapt or Die: How to Future-Proof Your Church

How churches engage in ministry is changing more rapidly than ever before. The continued exponential growth of technology, global collaboration and growing disruptions caused by these developments will only continue to force ministries to adapt or die. Here are several ways that you can begin to “future-proof” your church.
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