AN AFRICAN SECT teaches that the Third Secret of Fatima revealed that Christ returned to Earth in 1962 in western Kenya. The sect, which has been expelled from the Roman Catholic Church, now claims 4.3 million members.
A researcher has developed an algorithm to study serial killers, and he estimates that 2,000 of them may be roaming the streets in the U.S. Meanwhile a professor at USC is programming an AI with the thought patterns of the notorious Zodiac Killer.
IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE and dandelions are blooming in the Ozarks. We review a few major trends from the past year, discuss the surge in public proclamations of imminent prophetic fulfillment, and share our wish for you–a blessed and happy holiday season.
TECH VISIONARIES have announced a new non-profit artificial intelligence startup. The goal, apparently, is to make sure the first AI is “good”. This is an interesting development, considering that one of the founders has called building an AI “summoning the demon.”
Today we discuss immortality through technology and several stories related to Russia: Putin’s goals in the Middle East, a possible deal with Israel to develop the Leviathan natural gas field, and Russian code infects Pentagon servers with viruses.
THE TELEVISION series Dig is a well-written and stylish archaeological thriller. We discuss elements of the show and the tendency of people — selves included — to incorporate fiction into our theology.
WE BEGIN our 11th year of webcasting with a look at some of the issues we believe the world will confront in 2015. Of course, it doesn’t take much imagination to predict more turmoil in the Middle East. We also discuss Ebola, economics and the price of oil, and the continued conflict between the Islamic State and anyone who stands in the way of their dream of a restored caliphate.