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Meet Josie Pepper at the Munich International Airport

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Embracing the future at Munich International Airport

Should you be on your way to Munich by plane and end up in Terminal 2,  you will meet Lufthansa’s and Munich Airport’s new attraction: Josie Pepper!

Who is Josie Pepper?

Josie Pepper speaks English and will “await passengers at the top of the ramp leading to the shuttle connecting the main terminal to the satellite building…” Nothing groundbreaking really about this news…

BUT, Josie Pepper is not your regular airport ground attendant. ‘She’ looks in fact like ‘she’ could be R2D2’s girlfriend. The innovative news about her is that ‘she’ is a humanoid robot about 42 inches tall. While no novelty in Japan and other countries, Josie represents the very first test of a humanoid robot equipped with artificial intelligence at a German airport!

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Artificial Intelligence in a Testing Phase

When Josie speaks, ‘she’ does not just deliver pre-defined texts. The humanoid robot has the ability to learn and so it answers each question individually.

Josie Pepper’s “brain” contains a high-performance processor with a WLAN internet access. This creates a connection to a cloud service where speech is processed, interpreted and linked to the airport data. Just like a “real” brain, the system becomes steadily better at combining questions with the relevant information to provide more precise replies. (Deutsche Lufthansa AG)

Will we see more of Josie’s kind moving about the Munich Airport in the future? This seems to be up to the passengers. Munich Airport and Deutsche Lufthansa are testing how passengers react to having Josie around. So, be welcoming to Josie Pepper and treat her kindly!

Want to find out more about Josie Pepper and the technic behind ‘her’? Check out this link here.

Images and Information: ©Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Munich Airport

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EUSTORY, an International History Competition for German and French Youth to Reflect on Peace

Students of a German School in San Diego learn how to write a movie script

About a month ago  German Pacific School San Diego and San Diego French American School collaborated in preparing for an international competition that invites them to reflect on the concept of peace before, during and after WW I.

EUSTORY, an international history competition wants to guide students to a greater understanding of historic events but also engage them in finding relations between today’s events and events in the past, and overall help them become productive citizens of the world.

Both schools decided on choosing film as a medium for their project, and to learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of scriptwriting they participated in an intercultural scriptwriting seminar. In the following read more about their experience:

German and French students collaborate on international competition

( by Lenni Elbe)
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An excited buzz fills the air as groups of French and German students discuss their ideas. They are preparing for an international history competition, called EUSTORY.

On October 14, students from San Diego French American School and German Pacific School San Diego partook in a seminar run by a professional scriptwriter, Diane Alpaio, to help prepare them for the competition in Spring.

The script writing workshop led students through a pre-written script in order to learn the basic elements of story writing. First, they watched and analyzed a short film. Then, they were split into small groups and wrote their own scenes using those basic elements such as dialogue, conflict, and characters.

The students left with a greater understanding of how movie scripts are written, and with plenty of ideas on how to continue their own EUSTORY project. “Working with the French students was great and I didn’t expect the seminar to be so much fun. It really got everyone excited about the competition” said Jack, a student at GPSSD.

The script writing seminar was just the start. Students will continue to meet on a regular basis throughout the script writing process. Instructors from both schools are guiding the students, including Mr. Baron (SDFAS), Ms. Brouder (SDFAS), and Ms. Elbe (GPSSD).

EUSTORY was started in order to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on the events of World War 1, to work together, and to foster cross-cultural understanding. This year’s theme is: “Peace in War Time, Peace in World War 1.” This initiative is representative of the creative potential in students, and broadens young people’s perspectives, giving them the tools and skills required to become productive citizens of the world.

The short film will premiere this coming spring at an event at SDFAS.
For more information, please visit http://www.eustory.fr or http://www.gpssd.org

Images: German Pacific School San Diego – GPSSD


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Halloween, Martin Luther and the Reformation

Today it’s all about Halloween. At least if you live here in the United States. In Germany, October  31 has been declared a national holiday this year, and that not because of Halloween.

Let’s talk about Martin Luther, the scholar, priest, and unifier.

Germany Celebrates 500 Years of The Reformation 

500 years ago, Martin Luther, a priest and scholar went to a church in Wittenberg to nail his 95 theses on to its doors. That act started a religious revolution and led to the formation of a new religious structure within Christendom: Protestantism. The Reformation was born.

Today Germany and churches around the globe commemorate Martin Luther and this significant event that brought about Protestantism and its many subgroups, like Lutheranism, Baptism, Anglicanism, Methodism and more.

But, What do We Really Know About Martin Luther?

Luther – The Priest who Started the Reformation

Martin Luther hadn’t planned for all this to happen. In fact, all he wanted was to find a way to draw attention to some teachings and practices of the Catholic Church he didn’t agree with. Despite attempts and requests to debate this with church leaders, they chose to ignore him. Luther had to find a different way to make himself heard and found a very effective one. He nailed his 95 theses to the doors of the castle church of Wittenberg. At least, so the legend goes. It is disputed if this actually happened, especially since Luther just wanted to change some grievances and not cause a religious revolution.

Luther – The Scholar, Speaking Out for Free Education for All

Luther, the revolutionary, the priest who started a new religion within Christianity. That’s how many of us know him best. But, did you know that Luther was also a revolutionary in regards to education? In a way, we can thank him for free public education, which is very much still policy in present day Germany. He not only supported that education should be free for all and not a privilege of the rich elite, but also pioneered in making education available for girls!

Luther – The Linguist and Uniter

By translating the Bible from Latin into German, Martin Luther united a people under the umbrella of one common German language. Before the days of the Bible written in German, the German language consisted of many varieties of dialects. Luther, fluent in both, the northern and southern German dialects, wanted all the German people to understand the teachings of the Bible. By taking all dialects into account he created a German language that was understandable to everyone. Credit Luther for the first standardized German, if you will!

Image: Pixabay.com


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German Interview Partners Needed for ARD/ZDF Report on California Wildfires

 

Ziri Rideaux is a correspondent for German-TV ARD and ZDF based in Los Angeles. She is looking for interview partners, who got affected by the recent California wildfires. Read on for more information:

“We are considering to do a 30-minutes report on how Germans are experiencing the large fires in Northern California. We are looking for German-speaking individuals or families, who are willing to interview with us, walk with us to a burn-site where they’ve suffered a severe loss and allow us to follow them around for a day or two. We would come to the Santa Rosa area for about 5 days but could drive around in a 100-mile radius). We would interview and film with a variety of victims of the fire. We are interested in their personal experiences and their feelings about/plans for the future.”

If you have any questions or would like to speak with Ziri in person, please contact her at ziri[AT]ziriusfilms.com

Image: Wikimedia.org

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Devastating California Wildfires – Here is how you can help

Wildfires in California have kept a whole state on edge for the past few weeks.  While many fires have been contained, lots of people directly affected by the fires have to deal with the aftermath: homes and communities destroyed and people displaced.

Following the devastating news on wildfires ravaging particularly in Northern California but also in parts of Southern California, we want to help spread the word on how we all can pitch in and help by either donating money or our time as a volunteer.

List of Fire Relief Crowd funding campaigns and Community Foundations offering help:

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GO-FUND-ME -SPECIAL Page containing all verified campaigns to help with Fire Relief.

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Bay Area Unite for California Fire Relief  

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CNN – ‘Impact Your World ‘ – via Public Good

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Disaster Relief Santa Rosa Fire

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Sonoma County Resilience Fund

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Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund

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FREE CLOTHES give away by San Francisco store Love on Haight 

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VOLUNTEERS – Red Cross is looking for volunteers.

If you live near Sonoma, Napa, Lake, Solano, Marin and Mendocino and are interested in volunteering to support wildfire relief efforts, please Apply Now!

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IN ORANGE COUNTY:

Influence Church is helping with shelter food and support

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Image: Pixabay.com


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