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Computer Training Center installed in Masaka, Uganda - technoprogress in Africa by R. Dennis Hansen

In January (2015), my son-in-law and grandson installed a small computer-training facility in a LDS Chapel in Masaka, Uganda.  The LDS chapel was chosen for several reasons:

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Installing Swing Sets in the Gulu Area, Uganda by R. Dennis Hansen

A few years ago, Gulu was the center of an ugly uprising that left northern Uganda in dire straights.  Since the defeat of the rebel group–the Lord’s Resistance Army–the area is in recovery, but is still poor.

Our objectives in being in the Gulu area were threefold:

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Getting Real About Water Conservation by R. Dennis Hansen

Every time a region of the United States enters a short- or long-term drought, out come the histrionics.  “The sky is falling.”  But crying “wolf” is not a remedy.   Careful planning by considering existing and future technological advances is one obvious solution.

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3-D Printing Can Help Alleviate Poverty by R. Dennis Hansen

With a 3-D printer, an operator plugs in a virtual blueprint for an object, which the printer uses to construct the final product layer by layer.  Several types of these printers exist, using a variety of materials as the “ink.”  The most popular models work by extruding a filament of molten plastic.  The print head makes repeated passes over the item being printed.  It thus builds a 3-D structure.

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Can Technology Help Save Africa? by R. Dennis Hansen

Ray Kurzweil recently made the observation that:  “A kid in Africa has access to more information than the President of the United States did 15 years ago.”[1]  Since I try to spend at least one month a year in Africa (mostly in Uganda), this quote got me thinking.

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“Lucy”: A Movie Review by R. Dennis Hansen

The recent sci-fi movie Lucy includes questionable science, laugh-out-loud dialogue, strange psychedelic graphics, a well-worn plot, an idiotic chase scene, and ridiculous violence, but I liked it a lot.  It is a guilty pleasure on a par with G.I. Jane and T2.

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Granting “Personhood” Status for Great Apes by R. Dennis Hansen

Humans are classified by biologists as Great Apes, along with orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos.  And geneticists inform us that we share 98 percent of our DNA with chimps. Yet all the Great Apes are in jeopardy.  They are being wantonly killed, sometimes unnecessarily used for research, captured for zoos, and illegally sold as pets.

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Proposal for International Zones by R. Dennis Hansen

I hope there will someday be an “International Social Contract” (ISC), based on Enlightenment principles, that allows people who enter into it to live in host countries around the world in a way that is respectful and beneficial to all parties. The goal would be to create explicit agreements that allow members of an ISC to move freely between “International Zones” (IZs) without inflaming right-wing groups or encouraging the abuse of local citizens or indigenous cultures.

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Stopping the carnage in central Africa by R. Dennis Hansen

During a recent weekend, I re-watched the movie Blood Diamonds (2007), an advocacy-entertainment movie trying to raise awareness about the problem of natural resources being used to finance horrific African wars. As illustrated in Blood, conflict diamonds were used to finance a civil war in Sierra Leone. While the movie is heavy flawed, the message is still important: the mining and exploitation of natural resources is creating havoc throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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“Gravity”: A Short Movie Review by R. Dennis Hansen

The movie Gravity has been widely reviewed at other venues, so I will try and mention a few “new” angles.  First, the screen action seems preposterous and unrealistic, but the visuals are stunning and very realistic.  Second, the two actors–Sandra Bullock and George Clooney–do a good job.  Clooney’s flippant cowboy style works.