What’s the difference between Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning?

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In our Exploring Artificial Intelligence Retreat we use the word ‘artificial intelligence’ or ‘AI’ because AI is closer to what most people think of when they think of a human-created technology that begins to take on human-like qualities, such as autonomy.   Machine Learning Most people working in this field use the term ‘machine learning.’ […]

Milky Way over Cathedral Rock

Turn Off the Lights to See the Gift of Darkness

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Photo April 30, 2017 by Deborah Lee Soltesz. Credit: U.S. Forest Service Coconino National Forest. So often we think of darkness as a bad thing. Naturally, we prefer to be able to see things clearly. But it is also good to have moments when very little can be clearly seen. This is the time we […]

Discover the Meaning in Your Life

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“…to be able to live [one] must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite.” – Leo Tolstoy Meaning No matter who you are or what your life is like, everyone faces a crisis of meaning at some point.  It […]

Thinking about Star Wars

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“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” – Darth Vader The Star Wars series is great, and not just for the action and special effects, but also for the philosophical concepts. What is the nature of the Force? What are good and evil? Do droids think? Do they dream? Do they have any rights? I […]