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...]

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. ┬áIt 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...]

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...]

On Installing a New University President

Yesterday, after the subject had come up of Butler University having recently installed its new president, someone asked me why it is that universities have this custom of hiring a new president and then, some months later, having an “installation.” I thought for a second and then replied, “It is a technological metaphor. For the [Read More...]

Religious Information in a Digital Age (Bizarro Perspectives)

I find the approach many students take to the quest for reliable information mirrored in today’s Bizarro comic: The tendency is to go where Google searches direct you, to where the flashy advertising leads: In an age of advertising, it can be difficult to choose between the various things that one is told. One may [Read More...]

Essential Tech Skills for Today’s Students

Digital, technological and information literacy are increasingly major focuses of mine in my teaching. But I am also involved in a committee at my university that focuses on emerging technologies and their relation to our work as educators. One question that we found ourselves pondering at a recent meeting is this one: What are the [Read More...]

How Apple Can Take Over The World

The iPad has become the Tablet standard, and Apple managed to come out with an improved version before any of its competitors had even managed to come close to matching the first iteration. As the news breaks that Amazon is going to be offering an eBook reader that they hope can compete with the iPad, [Read More...]


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