20 June 2022 Little Pieces

Hello to you. How are you today? This morning I woke up with a song we sang yesterday in my head, “this is my story, this is my song….praising my savior all the day long.” I found these songs with very similar lyrics and messages:

https://youtu.be/1TKAN-nAsu8 Big Daddy Weave – My Story official video

https://youtu.be/Bsdl8DSZfRo – Elevation Worship Blessed Assurance

Yesterday I was thinking about some of the things I have in my life, little pieces, that I’m truly grateful for such as indoor plumbing! Thank you to Isaiah Rogers!

In 1826, Isaiah Rogers, an architect,
designed the indoor plumbing system for his
hotel, The Tremont Hotel in Boston. The
indoor plumbing made Tremont Hotel
among the best in the U.S. Apr 5, 2021
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Being grateful about this made me wonder about something else that I do everyday and am grateful for….something simple like brushing my teeth which is connected to Indoor plumbing. Having a tap to turn on and water flows is really pretty awesome. I got to wondering how Jesus and the people of his time brushed their teeth and I couldn’t really find an answer I was looking for until I saw information about the “toothbrush tree.” It makes sense to me that people would chew on something to release flavors and cleaning elements like we do now with chewing gum:

Salvadora persica or the toothbrush tree is a small evergreen tree native to India, the Middle East and Africa. Its sticks are traditionally used as a natural toothbrush called miswak and are mentioned by the World Health Organization for oral hygiene use. Other names include arak, jhak, pīlu, and mustard tree.Wikipedia

Species: S. persica

Kingdom: Plantae

Family: Salvadoraceae

Genus: Salvadora

Order: Brassicales


Salvadora persica is native to the Arabian Peninsula, Africa, western Asia, the Middle East, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Although it is drought tolerant, toothbrush tree is often found where there is some ground water. It is also salt tolerant, growing along coasts or on saline soils.

Yesterday I listened to a lot of music and was so happy to come across another collaboration of countries praising God together to include Russia and the Ukraine!

https://youtu.be/d48-qbcovVY – The World Blessing 2022 – 154 Nations 254 Languages

Yesterday I also revisited a topic that gets me pretty fired up and that’s robotics and AI. All these people, many with good intentions and motives. I understand the kind made to be “tools” but there are many being made to be more than that. When you play God you better have all the pieces. What I am observing appears incomplete. These “tools” are made in our image and just like a gun, once it’s out of the manufacturers hands that “tool” can become a weapon. Science fiction becomes science fact – our current world is evidence of dreams….energy molded and shaped into countless realities. It took our creator a long time with many trials and failures to create us and all the other life forms we share earth with. There are basement scientists creating life like robots to be companions. Haven’t any of them seen Blade Runner, AI, Terminator. Ghost in the Shell. Westworld and Humans for just a few examples….Data from Star Trek?!

https://youtu.be/sU8RunvBRZ8 – The Animatrix the second renaissance part 1

https://youtu.be/WlRMLZRBq6U – The Animatrix the second renaissance part 2

https://youtu.be/6FJQpK6EVTk – A Look at the Series Humans (there is an episode where one of the robots is a sex worker and she snaps when confronted by a perverted act requested of her. She kills the client and on her way out she says something very prophetic:” they do to us what they want to do to you!”

I found this and it is kind of scary to read. It’s scary to think the field of robotics is relying on Asimov’s codes as their guide. It’s scary to think of people making something they consider only to be a tool in the form of human beings. Many flesh and blood human beings are denied basic rights and revolt against the systems denying them those rights. How will it be when a sentient machine retaliates? To error is a human condition! How quickly do machines recover from erroneous coding once it’s let loose?! There are so many little pieces to code – look how long it has taken for us to figure out DNA and as we know, there can be errors within even it! Why is their not a global regulation of this field and their “tools?”


A code of ethics for robotics engineers

https://www.automate.org/blogs/robot-ethics-where-values-and-engineering-meet – excerpt use the link to read the whole article

First Law
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Second Law
A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

Third Law
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

–Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics


Robot ethics is a relatively new subdomain of robotics focused on ethical aspects of automation design and deployment.

While its origin can arguably be traced back to Isaac Asimov’s speculative Three Laws of Robotics (above), first published in the 1942 short story ‘Runaround,’ it is only over the past twenty years –spurred by the work of academic researchers, and later by trade organizations and standardization bodies—that the field has evolved to become an important part of the robotics conversation.

For example, The European Union funded RoboLaw project drew on contributions from experts in robot ethics in its development of extensive guidelines for European policymakers and lawmakers governing automation and AI deployments. Meanwhile, the IEEEis working on standards designed to ensure that automation and AI conforms with the principles of ethically-guided design and technology functions for the betterment of society.

Robot ethics combines insights from experts in robotics, AI, computer science, and engineering with insights from experts in philosophy, law, psychology and sociology, in an attempt to ensure that automation designs and deployments do not create ethical hazards for individuals and society. For example, considering the growing impact of industrial automation on society, robot ethics experts ask questions such as ‘Should industrial robots be taxed?’ ‘Does the rise of automation change the debate around proposals for a Universal Basic Income?’ and ‘How can we ensure that automation is designed and deployed with ethical considerations in mind?’

The domain of industrial robots is also included in the growing conversation around robot ethics. The rise of collaborative robots, which enable closer interaction between humans and robots than ever before on factory and warehouse floors, has given extra impetus to the topic.

NOTE: Safety has always been a core principle of industrial robot design, and industrial robots must comply with global and regional standards and laws governing safe design and deployment. Robot ethics builds on this established knowledge to explore the broader ethical considerations involved, such as worker well-being.