September 20, 2019

Reflections on Neal Stephenson’s Fall, new ends, a new end for the library, and the Simulation Argument. Read more

September 6, 2019

I have been writing about The Robloxian Christians (TRC), a church that exists in the virtual world of Roblox. We have looked at the mission, “reality,” and relationality of TRC. We also began an examination of TRC in light of general ecclesiology to theologically address the assert the extent to which an online church is, indeed, a church, an affirmation at which many balk. We posited this basic ecclesiology: A church is where we corporately and formally enter into the... Read more

August 15, 2019

In our increasingly complex technological environment of distributed agency, in whom and what do we trust? Read more

August 7, 2019

Coders play a glorified role in our society. They are makers-of-worlds. To see your code spring to life is a wonderful, exhilarating experience. Coders know what this feels like. This creative power inspires altruism in the hacker ethic. It also contributes to idealistic thinking that can slide into techno-utopianism. In previous posts, we have celebrated the beauty of this creativity, and noticed the risk of hubris that sprouts from it. With power comes moral responsibility. The root problem is sin,... Read more

July 19, 2019

“I like to think (and the sooner the better!) of a cybernetic meadow where mammals and computers live together in mutually programming harmony like pure water touching clear sky.” — Richard Brautigan In his 1967 poem, “All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace”, Richard Brautigan dreamed of an idyllic place, “where mammals and computers live together in mutually programming harmony.” Brautigan wrote the poem during his short stay as poet-in-residence at the California Institute of Technology, as likely a... Read more

June 29, 2019

“It’s never going to go to zero.”  So says Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, in a New York Times interview. “It” is the on-going stream of hate, malicious messaging and bad behavior that Facebook’s platform promulgates. Schroepfer is simply being realistic. But his realism flies in the face of his boss’s belief that the solution to Facebook is more Facebook. Schroepfer’s admission is a coy, but direct, rebuttal of his boss’s idealistic insistence that Facebook can police itself and... Read more

June 12, 2019

Where are people of faith speaking into discussions about the ethics and future of technology? Read more

May 24, 2019

Moving beyond transhuman and posthuman futures toward truly apocalyptic human futures. Read more

May 21, 2019

Elements of a framework for clarifying values, goals, and actions in the digital age. Read more

April 26, 2019

How should digital technologies transform the church as an institution? Is the library a model for digital transformation? Read more

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