Monthly Archives: February 2011

David Ferrucci on Watson

The following are responses by David Ferrucci (IBM lead researcher) to questions about the computer Watson which were published in Time magazine (7 Mar 2011): Why aren’t you letting Watson speak for himself today? Watson is trained to answer questions … Continue reading

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Alternative Directions in Motivation

Our office has a quarterly leadership meeting.  At our most recent one, they showed a TED-sponsored video by Dan Pink, a former Al Gore speechwriter and currently a career analyst.  He was making the point that in today’s rapidly evolving environment that … Continue reading

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Marcion . . . Early Christian Heretic

Marcion of Sinope (ca 85-160) was a prominent heretic in early Christianity.  He believed that many of the teachings of Christ are incompatible with the actions of the Old Testament (OT) God, a view shared by many 21st-century Christians and … Continue reading

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Widtsoe on Biblical Translations

Latter-day Saints have not always been exclusively devoted to the King James Version as they are today.  Apostle John A. Widtsoe commented: It should be remarked that the translation of the Bible into several modern languages has helped us to understand the … Continue reading

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Mormons and the King James Bible

According to an article by Grant Hardy in the SLTrib (19 Feb 2011): The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible has a long and storied history, but the LDS Church is entering a period when the drawbacks of that … Continue reading

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IPAT Formula

I=PxAxT (commonly pronounced “eye-pat”) is a formula alleged to describe the factors that cause environmental degradation.  In this formula, I stands for impact; P for Population; A for Affluence (or amount consumed); T for Technology.  It alleges that the three factors … Continue reading

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History of the Futuristic Word: Singularity

According to Lev Grossman writing in Time magazine (21 Feb 2011) “singularity” (noun) is defined as: The moment when technological change becomes so rapid and profound, it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history. Grossman also provides a … Continue reading

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