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My Turn & My Way (5) Data Science and Minority Report

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Recently, I have learned a lot about Data Science. When learning, the presentation of ‘Smart City’ in a symposium I attended last year keeps popping up to my mind.

The speaker is a VT Computer Science professor. He talked about EMBERS (Early Mode Based Event Recognition using Surrogates), which is a fully automated 24×7 forecasting system for significant societal events using open source data including tweets, Facebook pages, news articles, blog posts, Google search volume, Wikipedia, meteorological data, economic and financial indicators, coded event data, online restaurant reservations (Open Table),and satellite imagery.

AI Tech is utilized. It is a Data science system to forecast societal events, an example of a data science application in our life. The talk reminds me of the movie Minority Report, and consequently, I have wondered what kind of world we soon will face.

Minority Report won 2002’s Saturn Award Best Science Fiction Film. The main theme of Minority Report is the classic philosophical debate of free will versus determinism. Other themes explored by the film include involuntary commitment, the nature of political and legal systems in a high technology-advanced society, the rights of privacy in a media-dominated world,[31] and the nature of self-perception.

In the movie, the Police department stops murderers before they act, reducing the murder rate to zero. Murders are predicted using three mutated humans, called "Precogs", who "previsualize" crimes by receiving visions of the future. Would-be murderers are imprisoned in a benevolent virtual reality.

It would be great to have a murder free society. Then, we would expect a crime free life. And, by the same token, we would know what the date w. our significant other would happen before we have it. And, if we could know what the future would be, why bother to pray?

Do you want a Life without romance and myth? Life without romance and myth would be terribly dry! Won’t it be? But, if you believe in God, or gonna go to another world soon, this wouldn’t bother you. Right?


EMBERS - Discovery Analytics Center

EMBERS is sponsored by a contract for over $22M from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Open Source Indicators (OSI) Program.

Minority Report (film) - Wikipedia

Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction action film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story "The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick.


My Turn & My Way (4) Around 2150, will the Earth still be livable!? God’s plan, or Humans free will?

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Recently, around the end of the massive "bombogenesis" of this winter storm, I came across a scientist while waiting in a doc's office. ... Since we both lived in NYC a while ago, we chatted.

When the weather was mentioned, we noted that NYC’s temperature was down to between -10F to -20F a couple of days before.

I said, "When I was in NYC, around zero degree was considered very cold, …”

The Scientist, “And now, it’s around ten below. ”

I, “It's global warming or cooling? Due to human activities? Or?"

S, "It’s definitely NOT due to human activities!"

I, "Are you a Christian?"

S, "Yes."

I, "According to a UN report, as well as other sources, the earth won't be livable circa 2050 due to the climate change, if the current trend continues. Do you think God plans the climate change, so, by 2050, either we have to migrate out the earth soon, or ..."

S, "Excuse me. I need to got to bathroom …”


My Turn & My Way (3) Why do you go to Church? Atonement!

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Person A: “Why do you go to Church?”

Person B: “There are three reasons.”

A: “What are they?”

B : “ First, I like to be a part of good things. Second, I like to have fellowship with good people. …”

A: “May I interrupt you here to ask a couple of questions?”

B : “Sure!”

A: “How do you know what the good things are? How do you know who the good people are?

B: “I have learned a lot about both from going to Church. Actually, to learn good things and to learn about good people is my third reason.”

A: “’Atonement’!. You are talking about ‘Atonement’ !? Aren’t you?”


99 Reasons You Should go to Church This Weekend. | HillsongI got to thinking about this. Why do we go to church? What benefit is there in
attending church regularly... for me, for you, for others?

While we're talking about reason for going to church, have you ever thought about how you should behave when you get there? Click here for why you should be enthusiastic in church.

Atonement in Christianity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “ In western Christian theology, atonement describes how human beings can be reconciled to God.[1] Atonement refers to the forgiving or pardoning of original sin in particular, and sin in general through the death and resurrection of divine Jesus,[2] made possible in the reconciliation between God and his creation. Within Christianity there are, historically, three[3] or four[4] main theories for how such atonement might work: ….”

Atonement of Jesus Christ We have hope through the Atonement of Christ to be raised unto life eternal.

Atonement | Define Atonement at Theology. the doctrine concerning the reconciliation of God and humankind, especially as accomplished through the life , ... Word Origin C16: from Middle English phrase at onement in harmony


My Turn & My Way (2) “Thou shalt not covet” – A commitment!?

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“Thou shalt not covet,” the last one of the Ten Commandments, has always been puzzling to me, ever since I learned it. I think “coveting” (being envious or/and jealous?), like “curiosity,” is a part of human nature. It is a part of our DNA, isn’t it!? Since I try never to commit myself to something I will not able to accomplish, I have not been able to commit myself to living up to the standard of “Thou shalt not covet.” I want to have a happy life. I don’t like feeling guilty.

When I learn that someone I know has something to enjoy that I don’t have, I may be excited, and might be motivated to work hard to get it. The person could be my hero/heroine. This is a very positive attitude, isn’t it? But, on the other hand, I could be so disturbed that I might try to take it away from the person who has it. Or I might even …

Covet means to desire (what belongs to another) inordinately or culpably, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. And culpable means guilty of doing something wrong, according to the same dictionary.

On the other hand, according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Envy (from Latin invidia) is an emotion which "occurs when a person lacks another's superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it." Jealousy is an emotion, and the word typically refers to the negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something of great personal value, particularly in reference to a human connection.

Bertrand Russell said that envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness. Not only is the envious person rendered unhappy by his envy, but may also wish to inflict misfortune on others. Although envy is generally seen as something negative, Russell also believed that envy was a driving force behind the movement towards democracy, and must be endured to achieve a more-just social system. However, psychologists have recently suggested that there may be two types of envy: malicious envy and benign envy—benign envy being proposed as a type of positive motivational force. [From Russell, Bertrand (1930). The Conquest of Happiness.]

Fortunately, I recently came cross a book by Bible Scholar Joel M. Hoffman, who argues that "covet" is a mistranslation, and that the original Hebrew means "take." [From And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible's Original Meaning.]

So even though I may have difficulty committing myself not to covet, I can surely commit myself not to take”! I can happily commit myself “not to take”!



My Turn & My Way (1) My Prayer

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God, please give me the wisdom, and enhance my strength, to live a happy day, and to meet whatever challenge lies in store for me.


God, I have faith in You, and know that You won’t place me in an unendurable situation!


Schubert - Ave Maria (Opera) - YouTube

"My Prayer" The Platters - YouTube

Prayers Library of Catholic prayers on perseverance, peace, love, devotion, and many more topics. Offers prayers in French, Latin, Spanish and English.

Favorite prayer at the dinner table (I hope 'the prayer to be very short', 'all the good food we eat are good').

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