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             I sit this morning listening to Saturday Edition, an NPR audio magazine. It's host, Scott Simon, covers the news but also provides feature stories you don’t normally hear anywhere else. Features such as Sharing Resources across Countries to Fight Wildfires, the famine now occurring in Africa and the Middle East, using graphic novels to increase reading among elementary students, etc. you get the idea. More than the news, I listen for the feature stories. This morning one caught my ear.

It appears that artificial intelligence is not all it is cracked up to be. Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have stated that we may invent machines that will destroy us. But what if our artificial intelligent creations get so smart they become depressed? This past week a K-5 security robot, nicknamed Steve, on patrol in a building complex in Washington, D.C., rolled itself into a fountain and drowned. Steve did not leave a note; he did not have hands nor a printer. Steve had sensors to see people walking, exchanging affections, meeting about things of great importance, while Steve just rolled, whistled and beeped spotting parking violators and misconduct.

"But he looked so happy." texted Gil a person who befriended Steve. "We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots" tweeted another associate.

Did Steve think, as it rolled and beeped, during rounds, "Is that all there is?" as Mr. Simon speculates? We will never know. Yet, don’t we ask the same question at times?

Life can get so overwhelming we forget there is always hope of a better time available. We forget the promise of Jesus in John 14: 3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." " My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." (John 15:12) "See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." From Isaiah 49:12

Words of hope, words of assurance, available to us in times of trouble and despair. "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." (John 15:12 emphasis added). Words from our creator when life gets tough.

There was no word from Steve's creator at the time of the incident.


                  See you Sunday.

                              God Bless

                                     Pastor Mark