January 15, 2019

Technology encompasses tools, techniques, and culture—it is material as well as formative. Read more

January 10, 2019

AIs were popular gifts this past Christmas. Some of them were of the barking, tail-wagging variety. Robot dogs are becoming a “thing”. At present, only the more expensive, high-end dogs are equipped with AI, but soon even inexpensive toy pets will become AI’s. Future Christmases are sure to bring more AI pets into more households every year. The shape of these future pets is uncertain, because technology is advancing on three fronts simultaneously: AI, robotics, and genetic engineering. Each is… Read more

January 6, 2019

The city is an autonomous and intelligent multi-agent system participating in new creation. Read more

December 27, 2018

I have been writing about The Robloxian Christians (TRC), a church that exists in the virtual world of Roblox. We first looked at the mission and then “reality” of TRC. Last time, we considered the extent to which a virtual congregation like TRC does not necessarily inhibit our relational nature, but can actually abet it. However, churches do not merely exist to provide us with a feeling of community. If that were the case, then “church” would be clubs, dinner… Read more

December 12, 2018

Advent reflections on broadening our imaginative engagement with AI. Read more

December 6, 2018

Some medieval wisdom for the machine age. Read more

November 20, 2018

Radical hope for the future is the great secret and power of the apocalyptic imagination. Read more

November 19, 2018

  This dog has something to teach us about being human. He appears in Blade Runner 2049, a great movie, IMHO. One of my favorite scenes is the climactic moment when the two protagonists finally meet. The next-gen “replicant” LAPD officer “K” (Ryan Gosling) has been searching for his mysterious predecessor, “Deckard”, the original Blade Runner (Harrison Ford). It’s a classic setup for a high-anxiety contest to discern whether they will be friends or foe. Fear ignites the tensions of fight… Read more

November 13, 2018

The apocalyptic imagination provides a conceptual and narrative framework for reconciling our utopian hopes and dystopian fears. Read more

November 4, 2018

Previously, I introduced the phenomenon of The Robloxian Christians (TRC), a church that exists in the virtual world of Roblox. We considered the impactful mission and dramatic growth of TRC; both would be the envy of any brick-and-mortar church. Later, we reflected on the question of if, in fact, TRC is a “real” church, which immediately begs the question of what “real” means. This led us to the thought of French philosopher Jean Baudrillard. His notion of hyper-reality describes a… Read more

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