Droids with Feelings (or is it Existential Angst?)

I’ve actually written some serious treatments of whether machines can ever be people, including in my chapter in Religion and Science Fiction. The series of posters that IO9 highlighted today about droids suffering from what they described as “low self esteem” actually seem to me to depict them doing more than that, reflecting on very [Read More...]

New Technology for Dealing with Slow Walkers

This video from Japan shows the latest in cutting-edge, innovative technology, designed to allow fast walkers to circumvent slower ones. You know you’ve wanted to be able to do this. So what is it? A jetpack? Levitating surfboard? Watch and see! Apparently these are already available in some stores in the English-speaking world. HT Jonathan [Read More...]

Infographic: Technology Use on Campuses

Via the Center for Academic Technology at Butler University [Read more...]

Calls for Papers and a Blog Tour

Three calls for papers/proposals and a blog tour that is coming soon: Tufts University will be holding an NEH workshop in the summer, “Working with Text in a Digital Age“ (HT Fragmentary Texts) The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions seeks paper proposals for a conference called “Religion in Pieces” to be held in April at Brown [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Mawdryn Undead

I had forgotten the name of this episode, “Mawdryn Undead,” and so when I checked out the DVDs of the Black Guardian Trilogy from the library, I remembered the second and third by name but was drawing a blank on what this first one was about. But once I got past that memory failure regarding [Read More...]

Sacred Techs

The blog Sacred Techs is now live, and will focus on the use of modern technology to study Biblical and other ancient texts.  It has a corresponding podcast (also available via iTunes) as well. If you are interested in the intersection of the sacred and the techs, you’ll want to keep an eye on this [Read More...]

Time, Religion, and Science Fiction

RJS at Jesus Creed posted on the different views of time and how they relate to theology. This is a topic I’ve been interested in for a very long time – I remember doing a major research essay on the topic as an undergraduate. And so RJS’s post has prompted me to share some of [Read More...]

Kindle Books as Gifts (and Interesting Information about Amazon)

I was browsing on Amazon.com today when I noticed that it is possible to give a Kindle book as a gift. As someone who wonders about the appropriateness of sending electronic greeting cards and the like, I also wonder about the giving of electronic gifts. In this high tech era we live in, would you [Read More...]

Tech Evolution

HT Lori Baron on Facebook [Read more...]

A Very Social Christmas

I didn’t like this one as much as last year’s equivalent, but it has a few nice moments, and it is still worth sharing, if only as an illustration of the way some try to update ancient stories into a modern medium. HT Chris Brady [Read more...]

Digital Judgment

Today’s Speed Bump, by Dave Coverly [Read more...]


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