The Kurzweil Reality Distortion Field

Steve Jobs must have left his famous Reality Distortion Field to Ray Kurzweil, because nothing else can explain why intelligent people continue to listen to a man who says such utter nonsense. Please note carefully: I didn’t say Kurzweil was stupid. His inventions, particularly his work on OCR and speech recognition, were pioneering. But once [Read More...]

Every Home a Hadamar

Euthanasia Propaganda

Nazi propaganda urging the elimination of the unfit: “60,000 Reichsmarks is what this person suffering from a hereditary defect costs the People’s community during his lifetime. Fellow citizen, that is your money too.” If you believe it is right and proper for a woman to have prenatal testing to determine if she’s carrying a disabled [Read More...]

Game Review: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex-Human Revolution

The Deus Ex series, along with its cousin, Bioshock, is one of the most profound statements on transhumanism in any medium. The most recent version, Human Revolution, was released last fall, and it’s still well worth a complete playthrough. Here’s a bit of what I wrote in my review for Catholic News Service. Human Revolution” [Read More...]

Siri Takes Shape

Every time I read some shocking piece of ignorance about how humans will one day shed the limitations of physiology and move into a glorious post-embodied future, I just laugh. As if human consciousness could ever be severed from the body; as if it ever would want to be… We anthropomorphise everything, even our technology. A species that creates proxy personalities [Read More...]

Printing Bones

An 83-year-old woman has had her lower jaw replaced with one constructed by a 3D printer. The patient’s lower jaw was so badly infected that it required a complete replacement. Following imaging of the woman’s jaw, a new one was crafted from titanium powder in only a few hours. A day later the woman was talking [Read More...]

Faith in the Digital Age

Our lives increasingly are defined by technology. This is not news. These words are not printed in black ink on folded broadsheets made of mechanical wood pulp and tossed in your driveway or hawked from streetcorners. That era is passing away, but in its time, cheap and efficient printing was a technological, world-changing revolution, able to [Read More...]