How robots are helping fight the pandemic: Creativity depends on our Creator

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How robots are helping fight the pandemic: Creativity depends on our Creator

March 31, 2020 -

If you haven’t seen a man walk a dog using a drone, you’re in luck. As you’ll see, a man on lockdown in Cyprus found an unusual way to get his dog some exercise.

Robots are being used in China to take people’s temperature, though experts believe they could also help with the delivery and handling of contaminated waste as well as reconnaissance with quarantines, delivery of food, measuring vital signs, and assisting border controls. They could also enable a kind of telemedicine that would keep humans away from areas of contagion.

A robot manufacturer in China has seen his orders triple since the coronavirus outbreak began there. His self-driving cart is sold to retailers, hospitals, malls, and apartment complexes.

One of them patrols Shanghai’s Taikoo Hui shopping mall, where it can spot customers with bare faces and remind them to put on a mask. It distributes hand sanitizer and broadcasts anti-virus information. The company plans to produce ninety robots in the next six weeks.

Robot technology is just one way humans are responding creatively to the pandemic. From utilizing artificial intelligence to repurposing companies and factories to make needed equipment to finding innovative ways to produce vaccines and antidotes for the virus, people around the world are finding new ways to respond to this new disease.

Creativity depends on our Creator

Such creativity is just one way we express the character of our Creator. He made all that is (Genesis 1) and made us in his image (v. 27). Like a painting that reflects its painter or a girl who looks like her mother, we create as an expression of our Father’s creativity.

But here’s the difference: everything we “create” was fashioned from material he already created.

Scripture says that by Jesus “all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible” (Colossians 1:16). In fact, “in him all things hold together” (v. 17). He made all that is and sustains all that is.

There’s a story about a skeptical scientist who told God he could produce a better world than God made.

The Lord accepted the challenge.

The scientist stooped down and scooped up a handful of dirt to get started.

God said, “Get your own dirt.”

As we respond to this virus and its consequences, let’s pray for those on the front lines of innovation and join them wherever we can utilize our gifts and abilities. Let’s work sacrificially to defeat this enemy of humanity.

But let us do so in reliance on the One who rules the entire universe, whose omniscience can guide us and whose omnipotence can sustain us. Let us seek his protection and provision for ourselves and those we serve.

In the face of this unprecedented crisis, when our challenges could drive us to greater self-reliance, let’s turn to our Creator for the resources and creativity to respond in unprecedented ways.

Remember: All of God there is, is in this moment.

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