The 2019 Mindset List

Beloit College has published its latest “Mindset List” – a list of things that characterize this year’s incoming freshmen. One is that there has always been a Benoit Mindest List! But perhaps even more striking for many of us are these: Hybrid automobiles have always been mass produced. Google has always been there, in its [Read More…]

Amazon Echo: The Future Is Now

I paid a visit to Amazon.com today to see if I could find a particular piece of sheet music. I didn’t find it, but on the front page was an announcement that Amazon Echo is available to the general public. I had not really paid attention to the news about this before. But when they quoted [Read More…]

Prophets of the Technological Future

I had been meaning to blog about the movie Ex Machina for a while now. It makes explicit the potential for the creation of artificial intelligence to be thought of in terms of godlikeness. It is interesting that, whenever we imagine creation of sentient beings taking place, whether in Genesis or sci-fi, they never fail to [Read More…]

Acts 8 (Enterprise Edition)

Unvirtuous Abbey shared this on Facebook. This isn’t what I have pictured when I have read Acts 8. But it may be what I end up picturing from now on. But I have thought often about the tendency of science fiction to depict miracles and gods as real, but the products of advanced technology or [Read More…]

Exploring Our Matrix On Mobile Devices

Patheos announced recently that it will be rolling out a new mobile-friendly version of its site. I know that readers of my blog have been frustrated with some of the technical issues. And so I would encourage you to try out the site today via your mobile device(s), and let me know if and when [Read More…]

Staring at their Hands in Despair

April 1st’s Bizarro is funny, but also problematic. How can people who are engaging in constant conversation be “incapable of conversation”? But I am happy to see a depiction of an afterlife without cell phones. Can you imagine how long it would take you to get from one cloud to another if you were stuck [Read More…]

Rigor in Online Education

My colleague Jim Keating wrote a piece about online education for the Tomorrow’s Professor eNewsletter. Here is an excerpt. Click through to read the rest. There is a worry that online education is not as rigorous as that which happens in the classroom. When we hear people ask wither a particular online course is sufficiently [Read More…]

Moses Awaits the Word of God

From the New Yorker. HT Hemant Mehta. [Read more…]

iOS Mail and Outlook Apps: Just in the Nick of Time

I have been getting the sense that I am not alone among iPad users in having had my e-mail suddenly stop working. I suspect that it is somehow connected with the upgrade to iOS 8.1.3. It tries to load, and then goes blank. The built-in mail app had been crashing quite often even before the [Read More…]

Robo-Scribe

This post is not about the conservative religious view of the Biblical authors and copyists, whose writing activity was supposedly taken over by God to make God the author. No, this isn’t a metaphor – it is about an actual robotic scribe! Bible History Daily reported the story, including the fact that the process does not produce [Read More…]