‘Fake News’

Accustomed to things progressing rapidly these days, I was surprised to hear about new technology which is actually ahead of the curve by many standards, but still quite limited. This new technology is designed to automatically analyse ‘News’ statements in order to determine if the ‘News’ is ‘Fake or True’, which is a ‘thing’ these days and additionally a job-creator it seems. Who would have thought?

Basically, in this context of analysing ‘News’, Fake or Otherwise, the ‘facts stated’ are compared with stored information to determine if they are actually true or not and I think a bit like a Public Access Lie-Detector.

New technology has to start somewhere and this process is not unique, as I remember my Dad back in the 1970’s testing one of the very early electronic calculators for his University. How would you compare today’s calculators with the prototypes?

‘News’ analysers will be the next generation’s programmable calculators….mark my words, but, isn’t it somewhat sad that it appears we may have to resort to electronic devices to advise us if someone is telling us the truth or not? It transpires that there is no longer any obligation on anyone’s part to actually make sure that what is said or repeated is the truth, especially in the context of our leaders or our decision makers.

James in the Bible instructs us in the following way; “Above all, my beloved, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No” be “No”, so that you may not fall under condemnation.“ James 5 v 12.

The striking thing is that this advice is from a long time ago and yet relevant today and ahead of the curve, much like most of the Bible’s teaching I would argue.


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