German Government Returning to Manual Typewriters?

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More fruits of our despicable surveillance culture: The head of the Bundestag’s parliamentary inquiry into NSA activity in Germany said in an interview with the Morgenmagazin TV programme that he and his colleagues were seriously thinking of ditching email completely. Asked “Are you considering typewriters” by the interviewer on Monday night, the Christian Democrat politician [Read More...]

More Creepy Robots In Your Near Future

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Jibo is being pitched as a new member of the family: the robot slave we all need and want! The first step towards Rosie! Jibo’s creator is Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, director of MIT’s Personal Robots Group. She describes the 6 pound, 11 inch bouncing baby Terminator spy as something that will “support, complement and extend what [Read More...]

Alienation: Technology & The Synod on the Family

The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod.   Yesterday, I wrote about Tech Addiction as one of several technology- and media-related problems cited in working document for the upcoming Synod [Read More...]

Tech Addiction:Technology & The Synod on the Family

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The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod. The working document for the upcoming Synod on the Family lists “Dependence, the Media, and the Social Network” as one of [Read More...]

Titanfall [Game Review]

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Since we’re getting into the summer months, I thought I’d run a few more game reviews, starting with that rarest of all things: a multiplayer shooter that I don’t hate. You see, Titanfall (Electronic Arts: PC/Xbox 360/Xbox One) is fun. Yeah, I know: big deal. It’s game. Isn’t “being fun” a basic part of its [Read More...]

Paralyzed Man Moves Hand With Aid From An Implanted Chip

Ian Burkhart, paralyzed in a swimming accident, became the first person to move his own body with help from a microchip implanted in the brain. Dubbed “Neurobridge,” the technology allows the chip to read rudimentary thoughts in the patient’s brain and then trigger electrodes to stimulate muscles in the hand, causing directed motion. From The [Read More...]

Ambassador Sworn in on a Kindle

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Suzi LeVine, incoming US ambassador to Switzerland, was sworn in using  a Kindle displaying a page of the 19th Amendment (which gave women the vote). It’s jarring, of course, in that way new things are, and we have to wonder if a president’s iPad will one day have the same mystique as Lincoln’s Bible. H/T: [Read More...]

Reinventing the Bike, and Making it Worse

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This thing is called the Fliz, and it’s all kinds of wrong. It’s a sorta-bike, but not really. Rather than pedaling, you kind of scoot along. And instead of sitting on it, you sort of hang from it, with part of the frame encircling your neck (!), and straps under your groin (!!). Because whenever [Read More...]


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