Man versus Machine: The age-old question

So the question of man versus machine has always been a deep philosophical issue since the existence of machines. Is it ethical for a machine to do a human’s job? Is it only crossing the line when AI comes into play? But what, then, is AI? Are we only concerned about true AI, or and machine or computer program that makes decisions to be considered AI? Does automation software pose any threats to humanity? These are real questions that demand real answers.

It is interesting to see the progression of thought on these issues. One space in particular is that of management systems. On one level, managers need help in organizing their tasks and performing their duties, but when this help comes in the form of computerized systems, the danger becomes very real of the system taking over completely…. Maybe not in the tyrannical, Matrix-esque way…but in a very real way nonetheless. What I mean in this: computers and machines are replacing human jobs and functions at a rapid rate. Is this ethical? Is this a true benefit to humanity? Should we reserve some of these jobs for people who simply need a way to survive and pay the rent, so to speak?

Well, here is an interesting article we found about what is called “preventive maintenance software.” Take a look and tells us what you think in light of the discussion above.

Today, we will discuss the benefits of using preventive maintenance software. When we think of the word “maintenance” we think of upkeep and repair. This is exactly the fundamentals that this type of software performs. This form of software is designed to improve the performance and safety of the equipment at your property. This is a great tool to save you time. It can also save you from a loss in potential profit as well. That said, choosing a program and installing it for use can be costly and time-consuming. This is where we suggest you take some time and do some research to ensure that the program you are considering using meets your needs.

Some of the great functions preventative maintenance software can provide include decreased equipment downtime. Equipment downtime alone can be harmful to a business or overall productivity. Reducing the number of repairs you have to make will help dramatically. This can make for better asset assessment and prolong the life of these assets. This can even lower the cost of overtime pricing due to the scheduled maintenance. This will, in turn, increase your productivity and the safety of the system. This is good for both corporations and the workers within if you want to look at it in this fashion.

Quality equipment will only continue to be quality equipment if it receives the amount of patience it deserves. With that said, it’s important to keep the maintenance of your machines and other assets up to date. The use of preventive maintenance software is not only used for the upkeep of a computer. It can also be used to schedule the maintenance of the machines or other systems in a physical sense. This allows you to document the last time a system was worked on and even track down time.

When the use of this software is implemented, this can increase both customer satisfaction and your productivity. We see a lot of companies today making the assumption that people just want quality products. This is not incorrect, but they also want these products in a timely fashion. This is where down time can really affect business. This makes sense if we think of the goal of the system being to meet supply and demand. That’s what drives businesses to success and further growth. Keep in mind the switch does not happen overnight, but that does not mean you will not see results. As time continues on, you will see a steady increase in productivity, and that is the goal of this software.

In conclusion, we this article on preventive maintenance software helped to shed some light on its use. As you can see, it has many benefits and can be a great tool for many applications. If you would like to further your understanding of these products, we suggest some further research into the topic. There are many of these programs out there so find one that works best for you and your type of business. Good luck!

Some thoughts about the genealogy of Jesus in Luke 3

This explanation requires more background than the others, but the upshot is that Luke 3 is not giving us the genealogy of Jesus through Joseph (though it appears that it does at first glance), but the genealogy of Jesus through Mary. 

To understand this, unfortunately, requires a bit more of a background in the grammatical conventions of ancient Greek, and the cultural conventions of Jewish genealogies. 

First a note on context. The opening chapter of the book of Matthew is written from the perspective of Joseph, with Mary only being mentioned as Joseph’s wife. In Luke, on the other hand, the story is told from the perspective of Mary. This is our first indication that the genealogies are for different people. 

Why isn’t Mary listed in the genealogy given in Luke? The answer lies in understanding the strict Hebrew tradition of only mentioning males in genealogies. Instead, Luke uses language that identifies Jesus directly through His maternal grandfather, Heli. 

The original Greek text of Luke 3:23 is written: Kai autos en Iesous archomenos hosei eton triakonta, on huios, hos enomizeto Ioseph tou Eli 

Often, such as in your translation above, this is translated in english as “And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli” We have clues in the original Greek that this might not be the most clear way to translate what section belongs parentheses. Joseph, unlike any of the other names in this genealogy (and unlike any of the names in the genealogy given in Matthew – including when Joseph himself is listed) is not proceeded with the article tou (Greek for the). This, in context, sets him outside the genealogical listing that follows and places him into a peculiar intermediary position. Another way to translate this verse, perhaps matching better with the intended structure, would be “Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed of Joseph), of Heli”. 

This is merely to indicate that Jesus is the descendent of Heli, supposedly through Joseph. The connection through Joseph is only “supposed” because Joseph is not, of course, Jesus’ biological father. 

The seemingly direct connection that that remains between Heli and Jesus is not problematic either when you consider that the purpose of Hebrew genealogies is merely to show the connections between ancestors, and that skipping individual links was common. You can see this in the Matthew genealogy that you cited yourself, where Ahaziah, Joash, and Amaziah are left out from verse 8 when they form the actual link between Joram and Uzziah. (See also Ezra 7:3 vs. 1 Chron 6:7–11.) 

Clear? Probably not, I’ll bet. Let me know what is still confusing and I’ll try to clarify if you’d like. Just remember that the purpose of genealogies was never to meet the standards of a court of law, but merely to show the connection between the ancestor (in this case Abraham) and the descendent (in this case, Jesus).