Artificial Intelligence – The future is Nao!

Published September 4, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

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AI The future is Nao…

Originally posted on Time Travellers United:

I have been planning this post for a few days now.  And now all of a sudden robots are all over the news, so I shall post it now.  I wonder where artificial intelligence is going?  Is the future now?  How intelligent are robots going to get and what will they be doing?  Will they really take over the world or are they actually incredibly useful for doing those dull, dirty and dangerous jobs humans don’t want to or can’t physically do?  Will there ever come a time when we won’t be able to tell the difference between a human and an artificial robotic humanoid?  Take a look at some of the technology out there and make up your own minds.

Personal robots are here already and the Nao robot is small and cheap enough to be bought by schools and individuals to interact with and he can be personalised…

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Devotion to God’s Word – Buried Treasure

Published August 31, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

Saturday night I went to bed as usual and picked up my bible to read, but I just didn’t know where to start.  I had been picking books at random and reading them in depth – for example I have just finished reading Isaiah, and sometimes something will jump out at me and sometimes I’m a little confused.  So, like I said,  I had just finished reading Isaiah and had felt like it had been a hard slog.  I had enjoyed my reading and had had some Ah Ha moments but at this time I thought to myself: where now?  And I prayed saying: Lord can you help me to know where to start with your word.  I started reading Jeremiah, because it is the next book and I enjoyed it because it was related to the video testimony in the last post, but I soon fell asleep still hungry for God’s Word.

Then on Sunday evening after the house of prayer, my Pastor gave me a brand new, very shiny copy of the NIV Women’s Devotional Bible, which is pink and purple by the way – it’s really pretty.  I was so excited to get home and explore it, thinking this was perfect for someone who doesn’t know where to start.  But when I opened it up, I was just as lost as to where to start as before!  Should I read it from cover to cover, doing the one year through the bible showed in a tick list on pg 1516?  Or maybe I should start with the 60 day overview of the bible on pg 1520.  Or maybe one of the 30 day studies.  Or should I just go down the subject index on pg 1543 and dip in and out?  Oh dear!

I closed my eyes and prayed again, saying: Thank you Lord for answering my prayer and sending me this new, very pretty bible and please bless Pastor Freddie for thinking of offering one to me, but where do you want me to start?  I opened my eyes and they went straight to the subject titled Bible Study on pg 1149.  It was titled: BURIED TREASURE (Read Mathew 13:1-58).  And this is what I learned:

Jesus spoke to the people in parables and gave interpretation to his disciples.  Jesus wants us to understand his message about the Kingdom of Heaven but he also wants us to seek with an open heart.  Like digging for buried treasure, he wants us to hear his word, find him there and delight in him.  Reading the bible should lead you to the treasure – and the more you seek, the more you will find, and the more you find, the more you will want to seek.

“Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.  This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;

though hearing they do not hear or understand.”

 (Mathew 13:12,13)

“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”

 (Mathew 13:16)

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Lord, please give me ears to hear and eyes to see…

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“My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.  I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old – things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us.  We will not hide them from our descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”

(Psalm 78: 1-4)

“let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance – for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

(Proverbs 1:5-7)

“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding – indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

(Proverbs 2:1-6)

When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.  He told them,

“The secret of the Kingdom of God has been given to you.  But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that,

“they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,

and ever hearing but never understanding;

otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!”

(Mark 4:10-12)

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”

(Romans 11:33)

“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”

(Isaiah 45:3) thank you to my friend Chris who pointed this one out to me after reading the blog post – what a gem

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Thank you Lord for showing me where to start and giving me a path to  follow…

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!  I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

(Psalm 119:103-105)

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I wonder which path the Lord will light for me tomorrow.  I get shivers of anticipation just thinking about it.

Encountering God

Published August 29, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

You thought that was cool – you crying yet?

Well watch her testimony next – I was sobbing by the end…

I pray you will experience an encounter with God today – Lord fill us all up to overflowing…

I bet you’re weeping now

Amen

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Life

Published August 23, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

The breath of life is God’s sweet gift

That we should breathe and we should live

It is in the oxygen that fills our lungs

That fuels the blood within our tongues

And in the blood that life remains

Passion pumps it round our veins

The heart is where our love resides

And in the lifeblood our desires

Life to do and life to be

Life to be lived in its entirety

To be desired and to be shared

With peace, hope, love and joy declared

So live it – it is yours to live

Yours to share and yours to give

Celebrate that you are blessed

And in God’s heart your life takes rest

© August 2015 Laura Crean

Dream Diary – A very personal dream about the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ

Published July 7, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

Well this was a difficult dream to experience and it’s a truly emotional one to record and publish.

I dreamed I was with my ex husband and we were back together, which is not likely as we are happily divorced and he has a new life with his new family, but anyway in the dream we were together again.  There was actually quite a lot going on in this dream before the bit I’m recording but most of it faded quickly and I don’t think it was too important. I remember at one point there was a book signing event and some very strange scenes with giant insects.  Anyway – at the end of the dream we were in a car and it was early evening and the stars were all out, it was a beautiful clear night and as I stepped out of the car I was admiring how bright and full the canopy of stars was when suddenly one star got brighter and then turned into a dove, which flew down to Earth in my sight, and then all the stars, one by one, started to just blink out of existence.  I was standing half in and half out of the car, so I leaped out of the car and ran with my ex husband into where my parents were and everyone started panicking and I started screaming at everyone, “It’s happening – Jesus is coming!”  and my ex husband was saying in a stunned voice “Can you pray with me?” and my Mum looked really panicked and scared and started shouting at me – “Why didn’t you tell me he was real and really going to come?” I said: “I did!” Choking back tears and my Dad was saying quietly, “What do we do?”

So by this time I’m really scared for everyone who doesn’t know Jesus and doesn’t know about him and I start shouting: “You need to call out to him NOW!  Quickly – call out to Jesus  and tell him you believe in him, confess your sins to him, tell him how sorry you are, thank him for dying on the cross for your sins and ask him to save you now!”

And they all just stood there staring at me, and I’m panicking as all the stars are continuing to disappear.  Then suddenly, quite bizarrely, as the last stars blink out, instead of going dark it becomes really, very bright, brighter by far than the day and I start praying FOR them and demanding: “Pray WITH me!”  But one lady starts scoffing  and telling my Mother lies about Jesus and I’m weeping and trying to pray really loud to drown her out.  And then my Mother turns into a little girl as she tries to pray but doesn’t understand and they don’t KNOW Jesus and say weird and terrible things about him, even though they are trying to pray – they are praying for the wrong reasons and they don’t know what they are saying and aren’t really believing the truth of the situation they are in.  I start really, really praying and asking God to please forgive them because they don’t understand and they just don’t realize what they are saying and then I wake up really weeping into my pillow.

I can still feel the absolute awe of what was happening – everyone was amazed and terrified at what was happening.  One part of me was silently praising Jesus for his return but my heart was just breaking and my fear was for my family not knowing Jesus and not understanding what was about to happen.  I’m still literally in shock about this dream, I was shaking for ages after woulds.  The emotions of this dream were the hardest I have ever endured.  I don’t know how my family would take this dream if they read this and that’s hard too.

Feeling Blessed and appreciating my Church Family

Published July 5, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

Just felt like sharing what a wonderful day I had today  with my church family. Fantastic message about restoring calm by the Pastor and also a heart warming message from his wife about how she was stirred by a book she is reading. I really felt God working in me and the rest of the church today. House of prayer this evening – WONDERFUL – God Bless everyone at New Hope Baptist Church – I love you all – fellowship with you guys is like going home for a party every week.  Thank you God for new and old friends alike.  Worshipping you with my friends is such a beautiful blessing.  Thank you Jesus.

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Dream Diary – waterfall,twin towers, memorial, heavenly dimensional dream

Published July 4, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

OK,   so I’m trying to keep last night’s dream in the fore of my memory as I write, it’s a strange one!  And I’ve been up and to the toilet etc. and already it’s fading so I’m clinging to what I can focus on.

I know at some point there was some kind of thing with a school bus or a boat full of a class full of kids.  I’m not sure whether it was a bus fallen into a river and going over a water fall or it was some kind of boat – in my gut it was a school bus, because as they went over the water fall, the kids all quite calmly moved to the top end of the bus.

But then it changed, the dream, and it was about a boy – although at some point before that I think I was on a bus trying to find my way to Fairfield Halls in Croydon but then it changed to this boy going to this other place that became the point of the dream.  And I can’t quite work it out but to say that I think it was some kind of memorial to the Twin Towers and that possibly it is either supposed to be in Heaven or a parallel universe or something, because it was so strange but so real at the same time.  It was like two stairways going up – almost like a step pyramid but it wasn’t a pyramid – more like towers themselves, and these towers were joined together in the middle by a man made waterfall feature, is the only way I can describe it.  So you had staircases and then this flowing water down the middle, at a very slight angle like a waterfall, slide thing (not completely vertical.)  And I’m not sure but I think some people were allowed to climb up the staircases and then slide down the water into the river or whatever was at the bottom.  I’m not sure why they were doing this – I’m not sure if it was in honour of loved ones or it was the souls of the dead themselves – it was strange.

There was this boy who was either looking for his friend or his friend’s parents, but he certainly came across his friend’s parents at this place and I think they were here to remember their lost son or find him, I’m not sure, but they said he had been lost in this bus and the boy said “no”  he hadn’t been lost because he had been with him on that day and they had gone over the waterfall together.  Somehow he gave them proof of this in some kind of recording or something.  He said he was going up the tower and into the water for his friend and the parents wouldn’t let him do that.  There were men standing at the bottom of each staircase, guarding it, and you were allowed to give them some kind of token, (and he gave them what looked like a drone model, like a flying seed or Davinci’s helicopter or something) and the man would go up the staircase and put it in the water to represent the person I think, anyway that’s when it got even more confusing.  I felt that the boy and his friend’s parents went into the water and came up in this little pool – like a gateway to somewhere else.  They had this recording of the boys’ last moments together and then wished them luck finding him.  There was a whole load of parents looking for answers and leads as to what happened to their children, they were meeting up in like a meeting room built around this pool on a hill – and that’s all I can remember.  Although I do remember that the memorial tower, was in  what looked like a city and you could go into the building and up a glass elevator at the entrance, to the top – but it was only for some people.  I remember walking in there and looking around this hollow foyer that went up the middle of the tower but it looked like a big important building with lots going on, lots of people milling around.

So there you are, my strange dream of last night or rather this morning.

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