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The power of putting basic elements in just the right order is key to both Jewish mysticism and computer coding. WhataWin/iStock via Getty Images Plus

From ancient Jewish texts to androids to AI, a just-right sequence of numbers or letters turns matter into meaning

Advanced artificial intelligence is new, but a similar idea has been around for hundreds of years: the power of a just-right sequence of numbers, letters or elements to animate matter.
This orbiting museum in the show ‘Star Trek: Picard’ plays a key role in fending off a futuristic form of cyberattack. Courtesy Paramount

Lessons from ‘Star Trek: Picard’ – a cybersecurity expert explains how a sci-fi series illuminates today’s threats

‘Star Trek: Picard’ is set 400 years in the future, but, like most science fiction, it deals with issues in the here and now. The show’s third and final season provides a lens on cybersecurity.
Science fiction offers a glimpse of what governments of the world are – and can become. agsandrew via Getty Images

This course uses science fiction to understand politics

Science fiction does more than entertain – it can also be used to better understand the political forces that shape the societies in which we live.

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