Technology 

A new breed

I recently re-watched the (2004) Will Smith movie I, Robot loosely based on Asimov’s book of the same name. It imagines a world (2035) where humanoid robots are about to be everywhere but curiously one where we still go out shopping. At the half way point it’s fair to say we’re nowhere close. Anyway robots are governed by the three laws of robotics. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human…

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The future & coming religion

Christians often make the apologetic case that humanity is ‘hardwired’ to believe. That faith in a Creator is absolutely natural for those created. It’s one of the fundamental points of tension between a materialistic understanding of nature and evolution and Christianity. But what if the object of our ‘worship’ really was hardwired and instead of the creation worshipping the creator it was the other way around? Well that’s the scenario that Anthony Levandowski thinks is not only possible but inevitable. Mr Levandowski believes that at some point in the near future…

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How not to be a slave to technology

I don’t know that I’m necessarily the right person to write this. I spend far too many of my waking hours sitting in front of a screen. I am a learner though, actively engaged in figuring out what technology is, how it shapes us and how we can live well with it. So with those goals in mind, here are four simple steps to stop being a slave to technology: Step One: Stop Acting Like Technology Holds You Hostage Here’s Trevin Wax: So enough with the silly idea that every technological advance is set in…

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The future of humans

I, along with most Christians, believe in the resurrection of the body. I also believe that this resurrected body will be similar but not the same as the physical body I have now. It will be better. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. – 1 Corinthians 15:53 To believe this lies close to the heart of the Christian hope. Death will be undone, decay will be reversed and the problems of this world will be gone forever. As Christians…

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Smartphones, idols and rescuing a generation (just not the one you think)

I’m usually pretty reluctant to confer the phrase ‘world-changing’ to gadgets and technological frippery but I think the smartphone qualifies. We’ve had ten years of it now so we’re able to stand back a bit and assess its impact. As a technology product it has become ubiquitous and shows no signs of going the way, say of the iPod, who the smartphone made redundant. I own one and have done for the last five years, my wife has one and there’s probably a couple of now pre-historic examples lurking in…

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The time to think about transhumanism is now

Recently Max Anderson listened to a conversation between legendary tech investor Peter Thiel and legendary New Testament scholar NT Wright about death. Or more precisely a conversation about the possibility of overcoming death. After listening to them both in public and private, Mr Anderson was convinced or should I say disturbed; I also grew more convinced that there is a dangerous lack of moral philosophy and theological reflection about the rapidly emerging technologies that are forever changing our understanding of death and of life itself. The modern church has, ironically,…

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Tomorrow’s World

It was one of my favourite TV programmes growing up, 30 minutes of new technology, inventions and discoveries. A reliable, trustworthy guide to what was coming our way. The rapid pace at which different technologies are developing lends weight to the belief that our world is changing faster than ever before and that whatever disaster befalls us ‘technology’ will be our saviour, even if it was also our destroyer.

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Book review: From the Garden to the City

Technology. For some the word carries a sense of threat, it is the destroyer of the world they knew and grew up in while for others it is the creator, opening up new possibilities and horizons. Truth is, that technology is both. While the technology has a strong whiff of the modern and future about it, mankind has always used technology. From the invention of the first spade or spear to the invention of nuclear weapons and smart watches technology has been ever present. This insight, that technology is essentially…

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