Episode 388

Independence Day, Resolution on AI & “Operation Homecoming”

Jul 4, 2023

Much of the nation is moving at a slower pace today as Americans celebrate the nation’s Independence Day with get-together and cookouts. With artificial intelligence becoming an increasingly hot-button issue and other technologies being developed at a rapid rate, representatives from the 2023 SBC Committee on Resolutions hope the resolution “On Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies,” will serve as a “timely” statement on the topic. And, on May 19, 1967, the plane of Eugene “Red” McDaniel, Mike’s father, had been shot down over Vietnam. For 1,024 days, McDaniel’s family waited for news. Not knowing yet if he was dead or alive in a North Vietnamese prison, they hoped and prayed for good news.

Transcript

Much of the nation is moving at a slower pace today as Americans celebrate the nation’s Independence Day with get-together and cookouts.

The holiday day comes as Americans are concerned with inflation, gas prices and are watching the developments in Ukraine as the world considers the next move of Russian President Vladmir Putin.

Freedom, though, is still enjoyed in the U.S. as thousands of military members work to patrol the land, sea and air to protect the liberty enjoyed by Americans.

Don’t let this special day slip by without thanking God for the freedoms you have, asking Him to extend them so you can be a blessing to others and that He would protect those serving our country to defend our freedom.
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With artificial intelligence becoming an increasingly hot-button issue and other technologies being developed at a rapid rate, representatives from the 2023 SBC Committee on Resolutions hope the resolution “On Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies,” will serve as a “timely” statement on the topic.

Kristen Ferguson, chair of educational leadership and director of online education for Gateway Seminary and vice chair of the committee tasked with presenting resolutions to messengers at this year’s annual meeting in New Orleans, told Baptist Press the growing usage of these technologies inspired the group to move forward with the resolution.

It is believed the statement on AI is the first from any religious convention or denomination.
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On May 19, 1967, the plane of Eugene “Red” McDaniel, Mike’s father, had been shot down over Vietnam. For 1,024 days, McDaniel’s family waited for news. Not knowing yet if he was dead or alive in a North Vietnamese prison, they hoped and prayed for good news.

On March 7, 1970, a day marked by a major solar eclipse, the McDaniel family received a short, 50-word note from Red— saying that he was okay and urging his family toward hope.

The McDaniels would need to wait another three years before the North Vietnamese released Red among 591 total prisoners of war (POW) in February and March 1973, following the Paris Peace Accords ending U.S. involvement in the war. Named “Operation Homecoming,” the arrival of U.S. POWs 50 years ago was a rare moment of celebration for Americans at the end of one of the nation’s most controversial wars.

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