The Future of Farming
Media & Culture | News | Science & Technology

The Future of Farming

In the Bulkley Valley, not many farmers can say that their cows milk themselves. But in the case of Dan, Rudy and Nathan Vandenberg, their cows do just that. This past September, the farm’s milking system switched to artificial intelligence (AI), becoming the first in northern B.C. Before, all milking was done in-person, a time-consuming activity that meant the cows had to be rounded up and herded to the barn before they could be milked. As Dan Vandenberg says, under this system, the farmers “pretty much lived there.” That is no longer the case.

Communion In The Time of COVID-19
Church Life | Reformed | Science & Technology | Theology & Spirituality

Communion In The Time of COVID-19

Ironically, the week that COVID-19 shut the door to in-person classes at Calvin University, our capstone computer science course was scheduled to discuss the importance of embodied community. One of the points that we were scheduled to explore is how electronic communications should not be preferable to embodied community. However, as we have seen with COVID-19, when that is not possible, digital communications are a blessing. Our current situation brought an unexpected “experiential learning” opportunity to engage this topic.

Just a Sec . . .
Science & Technology

Just a Sec . . .

Young and perhaps foolish, we were trying to figure out the source of a famous quotation from Shakespeare while drinking a few beers at Pat-‘n’-Steve’s house. I disremember which quotation, but it may have been “They do not love that do not show their love.”

Portable Classrooms
Science & Technology | Youth & Young Adults

Portable Classrooms

There was a time in the distant past when “distance education” meant sending letters to an instructor far away by post. In the long-distant past, you could do distance education by sending cassette tapes to an instructor in the mail. And just yesterday, distance education was about sitting down in front of a desktop or laptop computer and doing education over the internet.

Smart Use of Smart Phones
Science & Technology

Smart Use of Smart Phones

Smart phones give us instant connection to friends far away – and often distance from those sitting next to us. They give access to global information – and fake news. Increased safety for teens – and cyber-bullying. Direct participation in political life – and interference in elections.

Medical Intelligence
Science & Technology

Medical Intelligence

From where I sit, I see little that connects the intelligence community (CSIS, CIA, etc.) with the medical practice of my doctor. But a recent perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests it might be beneficial for the medical world to explore how the intelligence world is handling information.

Embodiment Snatchers
Opinion | Science & Technology

Embodiment Snatchers

Technology has brought remarkable changes to the world, and these changes are accelerating with new advances in medicine, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and the worldwide “internet of things,” to name only a few. The most dramatic change, however, may be invisible to us – a change to the way we think.