Amazon Echo: The Future Is Now

I paid a visit to Amazon.com today to see if I could find a particular piece of sheet music. I didn’t find it, but on the front page was an announcement that Amazon Echo is available to the general public. I had not really paid attention to the news about this before. But when they quoted [Read More...]

Prophets of the Technological Future

I had been meaning to blog about the movie Ex Machina for a while now. It makes explicit the potential for the creation of artificial intelligence to be thought of in terms of godlikeness. It is interesting that, whenever we imagine creation of sentient beings taking place, whether in Genesis or sci-fi, they never fail to [Read More...]

Even on Social Media

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Does This Get Your Goat?

  As you can see above, a friend of mine asked on Facebook whether anyone they know has a goat. As I said in my comment, that is the first time I have encountered a goat request on Facebook. What’s the oddest request you’ve encountered on social media? And how will the fact that one can [Read More...]

Thanks, Bing

This isn’t something I found online. I actually made the above myself. I saw Facebook offering to translate laughter, and just had to click to see what it offered as the translation. What’s the deeper significance? Laughter is untranslatable? Laughter needs no translation? Bing is useless? All of the above? [Read more...]

Staring at their Hands in Despair

April 1st’s Bizarro is funny, but also problematic. How can people who are engaging in constant conversation be “incapable of conversation”? But I am happy to see a depiction of an afterlife without cell phones. Can you imagine how long it would take you to get from one cloud to another if you were stuck [Read More...]

An Even Greater God

This cartoon from XKCD requires some knowledge of the philosophy of religion. The ontological argument for God’s existence is an attempt to argue for the existence of God a priori, by beginning with the idea that it is possible to imagine a being greater than which cannot be conceived. It is then pointed out that existing [Read More...]

How Grown-Ups Communicate

I’m glad I saw this PHD Comic. This is a real issue. And while professors sometimes lag behind technologically, that isn’t what is going on here. Texting is simply not conducive to effective communication in the professional world. Students may think it is “old school” but when they themselves are in an old school, they need [Read More...]

Transhumanism and the Church

Samford University will be hosting a conference on Transhumanism and Christianity. It will be in September, and the deadline for proposals in in May. Here is the call for papers: 2015 Conference: Transhumanism and the Church Samford University • Birmingham, AL • September 24-26, 2015 Transhumanism and the Church: Theological Reflections on Technology and Human Enhancement [Read More...]

Rigor in Online Education

My colleague Jim Keating wrote a piece about online education for the Tomorrow’s Professor eNewsletter. Here is an excerpt. Click through to read the rest. There is a worry that online education is not as rigorous as that which happens in the classroom. When we hear people ask wither a particular online course is sufficiently [Read More...]

iOS Mail and Outlook Apps: Just in the Nick of Time

I have been getting the sense that I am not alone among iPad users in having had my e-mail suddenly stop working. I suspect that it is somehow connected with the upgrade to iOS 8.1.3. It tries to load, and then goes blank. The built-in mail app had been crashing quite often even before the [Read More...]


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