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6 problems with the foster care system — and what you can do to help

When Tenaja Jordan came out to her parents at 17 years old, they kicked her out of their home. As a teenager, she was still considered a child in the …

The Trouble With the Christian Adoption Movement

In 2009 a Tennessee couple made a life-changing decision. As devout Christians, they decided to open their home to an orphaned girl from Ethiopia, …

The Adoption System’s Lost Children

Few cities and states keep track of the number of ‘broken adoptions’—where kids re-enter the foster system when adoption just doesn’t work out—but …

Ex Machina Asks Whether Robots Could Have Feelings—or at Least Fake It

“Have you ever been in love?” a stunning 25-year-old woman named Ava asked via Tinder during Austin’s South by Southwest festival. Users who swiped …

Robotics

The Emotional Era of Artificial Intelligence

Have you hugged or told someone that you love them today? Maybe it wasn’t someone — maybe it was your smartphone that you gave an extra squeeze or …

Artificial Intelligence

The 3 biggest misconceptions about artificial intelligence, according to Facebook's expert

2001<p>Science fiction movies of artificial intelligence (AI) are abound with plots of benign robots and computers that suddenly gain sentience and …

Artificial Intelligence

Emotion Synthesis for AI, Robotics, Gaming and IoT

EMOSHAPE predicts that before the end of this century humans will talk more to sentient machines than to other humans. The use of emotion remains a …

Artificial Intelligence is not able to 'press the delete key' on humanity just yet | Colin Conwell

Computers are immensely capable, but certain things we humans do almost effortlessly an artificial intelligence has immense difficulty achieving<p>Artificial intelligence seems to be the neighborhood menace these days: in the presence of responsible adults, it smiles, is polite and offers to do the …

Has Artificial Intelligence Outsmarted Our Emotions?

• Partner Content<br>• Author: Meng Li, Moov. Meng Li, Moov<p>The history of our relationship with technology is simple: we purchased machines and devices that …

SoftBank’s emotionally aware robot goes on sale in Japan – and it's set to go worldwide

SoftBank’s emotion-sensing robot Pepper will be available to buy in Japan from June 20 for around $9,040 (¥ 1,093,400).<p>That price includes the robot’s retail cost of JPY 198,000 (about US$1,600) as well as a three year warranty and support plan. The company will build only 1,000 units of its …

Robotics

Buyers of emotional robot must agree not to have sex with it, report says

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I feel for Pepper the robot.<p>More precisely, I feel for all the Peppers who are about to go into the world and be owned by humans.<p>Made by Japanese telecommunications company Softbank in collaboration with …

Softbank

No sex please, we're robots! Buyers of hit new 'emotional robot' Pepper to sign contract vowing it won't be used indecently

The creators of Pepper the 'emotional robot' have forbidden users from using it for sexual purposes, creating 'sexy apps' for it or reprogramming it …

Robotics

Roombas to Wall-E: Programming "Emotionally-Aware" Robots · Jumbo Talk

The gray area between human and machine is expansive. Neurons either fire or don’t - electrical impulses act identically; according to the …

Should we ban sex robots? Some scientists say yes, I say no

We often joke about robots equipped with artificial intelligence suddenly moving en masse to attack their vulnerable human overlords (that would be us). But it may be even scarier to contemplate what would happen if robots became our lovers instead of our enemies.<p>Robot companions are nothing new, …

What Secular Academics Can Learn from the Faith-Based Development Community

The more I am involved in practitioner and academic development work, the more I have become aware of a great divide separating the secular and …

Secular and religious progressives can work together

People tend to think of Christian politics as conservative. They identify defining issues as abortion and gay marriage but there is a long tradition …

Religion

How Religious Leaders Can Come Together to Work on Global Problems

Religion is one of the factors that make up personal and group identities. The question is how can religious identity be saved from being misused to …

Christianity

Op-ed: Religious leaders support effective, compassionate services, housing, not criminalization of homeless people

<b>To All Those Concerned</b>: As Berkeley and Bay Area clergy and religious leaders of diverse faith traditions, we stand lovingly and firmly united in …

Homelessness

Looking Ahead: Interfaith dialogue can help to heal divisions

Shaheed Luqman is a board member of the Islamic Association of Lewisville and Flower Mound.<p><b>How do you think faith-based organizations will or can</b> …

Religion

Interfaith Dialogue

The Uniting Church values relationships with people of other faiths and cultures and affirms the place of interfaith dialogue in creating and …

Faith

The Challenges of Interfaith Dialogue

The interfaith movement in the United States is growing. Led by organizations like the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, the Pluralism Project at …

Religion

Why We, as Atheists, Started a Fundraiser for Christians at Charleston

There is a stigma that non-religious people are selfish, immoral, and do not volunteer. This is probably due to several reasons, but one could be …

South Carolina