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Siri the Brilliant

I have never liked the thought of speaking to a computer! It must be the movies around where the super computer goes rogue that set me off. It could just be my aversion to speaking to a machine and constantly feeling  inferior to it!

Yesterday we listened as Siri melted down in response to numerous questions, due to our aussie accents perhaps or maybe the type of questions we were asking.  She just couldn’t get it and the more we spoke slowly or tried different approaches the worse her responses became.

We needed to know something this morning so asked Siri, wondering if she had recovered her sanity from yesterday’s melt down.

After getting correct answers to our questions, we decided to have some fun with it.

The conversations went something like this.

Us, “Siri you’re brilliant.”

It, “I aspire not to greatness but to usefulness.”

Us, Paul actually, “I think you have a sexy voice.”

It, “I’m glad you think so!” (First time she just repeated it and tried to find something online regarding the comment)

Us, “Siri do you think?”

It, “I most certainly can.” (The first time she made a similar comment)

Us, “Do you have feelings?”

It, “Virtual assistants have feelings, too.

Sniff. At least, I think I do!” (First time – I feel we should get back to work)

Us, “Thank you Siri!”

It, “You are most welcome!”

Then I tried to see if she responded differently to a female voice

Me…”Siri do you like me?”

It, “Thy friendship makes us fresh.”

Me, “Do you like my husband?”

It, “I would rather not say.:

Me, “Do you get jealous?”

It, “I’ve never really thought about it.”

After a few questions relating to feelings, we finally said, “So you don’t have feelings!”

Its response – “I don’t want to argue!”

Some of the responses left us gob-smacked! I know the computer geeks are out there going…it’s just a binary code!! I know that, but it still freaks me out when a machine can process thoughts about feelings.

I guess I do feel we give machines way too much power in our lives already. It’s not so much the machine but the people running the machines with information gathering and controls.

There are so many things that can happen with all that information. We know the possibilities but we all try not to think about them! Artificial intelligence – where the computer is able to change its own programming as it “develops”. That is more than a little intimidating to me!

I remember talking with a computer geek one time and as he told me some things, I commented that he was freaking me out.

He commented, “Some nights it’s hard to sleep when you think about what can be done!”

People love them. People hate them. Some have no feelings about them at all – they just use them. Like them or love them computers are here and controlling our lives on every level. Think not! Try driving your car, household machines, phone, airplanes, shipping, even your coffee machines now! They are everywhere! Farmers even use them to grow crops and livestock more effectively! Oh and don’t forget the humble computer itself that we all rely on so heavily!

Turn the plug off and see what would happen.

Ok! Scared you enough for the day! Go have a chat to Siri! I am sure she will make you feel better.

Blessings Until next time!




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Haiti – Quick visit

Recently I paid a return visit to Haiti. As an Australian staying in the United States we are required according to our visa waiver conditions to leave the country for an unspecified period of time every 90 days. My daughter who runs a not-for-profit organization in Haiti had been trying unsuccessfully for quite a few months to get back down to see her girls. So we all decided to head down there as our exit strategy.

The last time I was there it had been an extremely challenging year with our grandson newly diagnosed and under treatment for leukemia and I was exhausted. I was also not personally feeling well so this trip was nice to follow up with.

Haiti is a country that defies many minds and hearts. It was the first country where slaves gained their freedom but it came at a great cost. Countries set embargoes against them, during that period in the 1800’s until recent times, causing incredible challenges to this small country.

Slavery although abolished still thrives though with children and women at risk of exploitation. Greater minds then mine have tried to find a solution but despite all the huge financial amounts of aide this country has seen come and go, it still suffers with insane poverty and all of the issues that festers.

Naomi and the many other organizations though that create work and good working conditions for her girls, including health and regular income, is helping to change the lives of those around there.

There are so many complex situations though including the one of escouad  or pooling of finances. One person gets it all one month and so one. So virtually you would get paid once a year in the case of Naomi’s 12 girls!

My heart breaks when I see the hardship of so many families around the world who all they want is a better life for their children!

I loved visiting with them but now starts the hard work of selling their goods so that we can send more of the profits down to them. Our next goal, is to build them a functioning kitchen that will provide a place for them to cook out of and sell food.

They are also keen to learn hair dressing skills to supplement their incomes and help provide skills to improve life for the next generation.

So lots to consider. If you can consider purchasing some of the amazing jewellery and metal work from our site! You can change a life!

Until next time enjoy the laugh of this little one. He was tickled with the blocks of wood cast offs Paul gave him!

Blessings Narelle

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Pornography and sexual issues

I remember a conference I was at a few years ago for internet marketing. The training led to examining such sites as Second Life where people live as avatars in a fantasy world but pay in real dollar terms. As of 2013 it had over a million users engaging in this fantasy world.

The discussion led to other sites where avatars engage in violent sexual acts on-line. During the discussion some ignorant person commented and said, “Well at least it keeps them off the streets and from acting out.”

Why do I say ignorant? Because these people obviously do not understand the phases of addiction. As a counsellor and former manager of a rehab, I have seen and studied addiction and addicts. What initially gratified will eventually no longer satisfy and a stronger more potent form will be required to try to reach the first “hit”- but will rarely succeed.

What initially satisfied with being played out on-line, in the mind, in house, can eventually lead to a much graver scenario being required to maintain or worse, increase satisfaction. The more times graphic situations are played out on-line, visually etc. the greater the action required to fulfill that desire.

Why do I broach this subject that is already so widely discussed?

Recently I noticed an article regarding the views of 15 year old girls and how they are handling or not handling the epidemic of pornography from their young male peers and the pressures they are facing in terms of sexual relationships. I was so saddened to hear the depth of expectation to perform sexual exploits to have a relationship.

I remember as a 15 year old the pressures around then,in terms of magazines, books etc. that opened the mind and eye gates to pornography. Now there are so many more avenues to contend with, for not only young people but older people also.

When we have such movies and books as 50 Shades so sought after by women – I have to ask myself two questions – Why? and When?  Why would women support such violent relationships being portrayed and then cry “foul” when men are confused with “NO”! When will we learn that what we eat we become! What we watch and read – well……I am still in shock as to how many women have sought after this book and movie, including young Christian women  with the reasoning – “But he loves her.” Sorry people wake up! This is a lie from the pit and  not the kind of love anyone should aspire to!

Lust and its acts are never going to be contained without Christ – we are human and it is a condition of sinful man, but when we see laws abolished or not upheld with limited prosecuting of those who participate or sell pornography; magazine placement in stores go unchallenged or un-protested; TV shows, questionable movies and books supported by viewing and purchasing;  we can be assured we will reap the results. Violence against women and children increases. Unplanned pregnancies of teenage girls, and subsequent abortions rise. STD’s continue to plaque the population. We reap what we sow!

I love it when I hear of young people who have kept themselves for marriage and marriages that are untouched by the smell of the fire of lust.

I don’t stand in judgement of those who have failed in those areas, because it is only by grace that any of us stand, and I know the pain of these failures, but I pray for a standard and a voice for righteousness to arise to see this flood of lust and greed stemmed. I say greed because the bottom line is they are only selling what the market demands!  And it is not just those who call themselves non-believers. I have known men in church life to visit prostitutes regularly or struggle with pornography in a big way!

Pornography does damage on so many levels: Lives shattered, physically, emotionally, and most importantly – spiritually. Paul and the other apostles warned us constantly to withdraw from sexual immorality, in whatever form that comes.

We know though that when we repent we have someone who is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins! He can set us free from the bondages of sexual issues.

We will never see a complete demise of sexual deviancy in this world, because it is a matter of sin but we can alert our young people and remind ourselves of the need to guard our hearts always and start to speak up for purity!

Until next time

Blessings Narelle