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...]

Cumberbatch As Alan Turing

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Here’s the first trailer for The Imitation Game, about building the machine that breaks the German Enigma cipher. It looks like it’s focused on Turing the Quirky Genius, not Turing the Gay Martyr, which is a good thing. He should be remembered for his important work, not his tragic end. Related: Turing at 100 [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

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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. Yesterday, I wrote about Tech Addiction as one of several technology- and media-related problems cited in working document for the upcoming Synod on [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

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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...]

Culture and Colossus: Two Visions of Technology

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Grant Morrison, Professor Emeritus of History at Long Island University (not the comic book writer), offers a superb essay comparing two opposing visions of humanity’s technological past, present, and future: O. B. Hardison, as put forth in Disappearing Through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century, and Neal Postman, in his classic Technopoly: The Surrender [Read More...]


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