Dear AI, “You keep using that word [‘context’]. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

AI Almost Conquers Context, But…

…The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. (Mark Twain)

The excitement of recent years in the world of Artificial Intelligence is that it can just-about, almost-maybe, figure out and replicate the context of human communications.*

I use the term “replicate” because nothing AI does is organic,

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Know Your Enemy–In Their Own Words

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Guest Video: “Don’t Fear What’s Coming” (Pastor J.D. Farag, May 1, 2022)

The message begins at the 31:53 mark after the introductory worship service.

Be encouraged.

P.S. For more encouragement, see free download of devotionals based on Psalm 91: https://pnissila.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/in-the-midst-of-the-fray-psalm-91-devotionals.pdf

 

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On “Technopticon,” Panopticon, and Omniscience (and the winner still is…God)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

As usual, when mankind thinks it has come up with a new, razzle-dazzle invention that can give it nearly God-like powers, when compared with the real powers, it comes up short. Sometimes it comes up destructive. Today’s topic is one of those kinds of comparisons.

Definitions:

Technopticon? This is my idea of an upgrade of the old term, “panopticon”.

Panopticon is a Continue reading

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Trolling the Belly of the Beast in San Diego: (Guest Video) Mark Dice Serves Purple Hair and Ham re: Disney Woke

WARNING: SATIRE AHEAD

Just in case you were asleep in the back row during eighth grade English or your current writing instructor hasn’t covered this genre yet in New Speak 101, what with Continue reading

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The Believer’s Four Locations on the Battleground of Good vs Evil: #3 “Time” (Eternal versus Limited)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

#1 The Believer’s Four Locations on the Battleground of Good vs Evil: #1″The Heavenlies”

#2 The Believer’s Four Locations on the Battleground of Good vs Evil: #2 On Earth (Guest Testimonies)

Politics and Pandemics and Fear Porn, Oh My!

Are you tempted to think, sometimes, that by the way things are going in the world today the forces of evil are more powerful than the forces of good? Continue reading

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In Celebration of Easter, Guest Feature: “Rise Again”

And. He. did.

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On Holy Saturday Here, and There (redux)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

It must have been as if all of creation was holding its breath, that day “in the middle,” after the Lamb of God was slain (on Friday) and before He rose again to life (on Sunday), the day believers call Holy Saturday.

A day unlike any other… Continue reading

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Guest Sermons by Keith Malcomson: “On Redeeming the time because the days are evil” and Guest Song “Just As I Am” (cover by Reba Rambo)

Here is a very timely set of four sermons by Keith Malcomson of Limerick City Church, Limerick City, Ireland, on redeeming the time (as per Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 5:16) presenting expositions on the following themes:

  1. Filled with Light
  2. Filled with Wisdom
  3. Filled with the Spirit
  4. The Wise and Foolish Versions

Savor. 

I mean, aside from survival, what’s left in the world to inspire, encourage, and strengthen?

What’s left of Truth?

NOTE: there is still time for you, too, if you haven’t yet received Christ as Savior. Here’s a biblical commentary on why and how: ABCs of Salvation.

Today would be best. 

And, like the old hymn says,* you can come “just as (you are)”.- pbn

http://www.limerickcitychurch.com/redeeming-the-time.html

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*https://youtu.be/-EQx9_gu-iY (“Just As I Am” cover by Reba Rambo)

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On Letting the World Go Slack and the Spirit Go Strong in Such a Time as This (With a Little Spirit Liftin’ Music from Brother Keith Green)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Is it time to let the world go slack…?

On Epiphanies: A Good Analogy

In the 80’s movie Baby Boom, a “driven Manhattan management consultant (nicknamed the ‘Tiger Lady’),” who is “committed to her demanding and high-profile job,” inherits a baby.

For a while she, J.C. Watts, tries to do both demanding jobs: parenting and consulting for top brands. Then comes the inevitable conflict when her passion for wealth and notoriety melts as her love for her little one blossoms.

And J.C. comes to a life-changing realization. Goes like this: Continue reading

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