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Here's a parlay for you; how's the world doing?

[Both are BBC audio; complete texts given]
"How to be more human than a computer
In 2009 author and philosopher Brian Christian took part in a competition to prove that he was human. The Loebner Prize for artificial intelligence asks people to pit themselves against artificial intelligence to see if a computer can fool the judges into thinking it is a man. After the competition judges crowned Christian the Most Human Human. He went on to write a book about the experience in an effort to find out what really sets us apart from the machine."

[Many here will be reminded of Blade Runner, of course.]

... but is "human" that much to brag about?
"Mexico's 'Holy Death' cult growing
A cult which reveres death is growing rapidly in Mexico and its influence is now spreading to neighbouring countries including the US. The cult of the Holy Death is a mix of Catholic faith with indigenous and pagan beliefs. Critics say it is the preferred faith of drugs traffickers and criminals, whilst its followers claim they are being persecuted.

[In Spanish BTW, "saint" and "holy" are both San/ta/o, as in Santa Fe: Holy Faith. So these folks are worshipping a "Saint Death."]

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