If you know anything about people that love LEGOs, you know that they LOVE LEGOs. If you are one of these people that love them like I know many, including myself, you understand the sometimes craziness of collectors. But building a neural network that could change the world to sort LEGOs? Yeah, I meant crazy.
IEEE (said, I triple E) or Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is an institute I know well, having graduated with a Computer Engineering Bachelors and being a member of the group. What I can tell you is that the passion for the craft for its members is expressed in this very design.
You can certainly read the article linked above to the IEEE page that gives you the full details of how they created an AI and the hardware to sort the LEGOs if you want to nerd out.
But this is the time where I want to encourage church tech and other leaders and staff in the Church to invest in your congregation and community. You will come upon people with radical ideas. Invest in those people!
In worship, you will have a six-year-old who wants to sing. With a pastor behind the pulpit, you will have a sixteen-year old that will want to give a sermon. We praise people who say yes to those people and even give it labels of God-inspired and the Holy Spirit being present. Who’s to say that it can’t be present with technology.
What if a college student came to you and suggested they create something like this for your ministry? It’s not going to necessarily revolutionalize anything, it won’t make the front of Christianity Today, but you saying yes to that one person is the beginning of discipleship. Count that as an investment for the Church’s future, as much for the skills they may learn, but the invested time, care, and ability to speak into their lives that result from it.
Fun stuff, like this LEGO sorter, is a perfect opportunity when someone pitches that you develop your ministry in a way you simply cannot predict. Take these opportunities when they arise.