In an era when we are being dehumanized pragmatically at an alarming rate through abortion, euthanasia, and pornography (as well as commodification and consumerism), it is to the robot that we look to affirm our humanity, our mystery, our immateriality, our souls.
The path to sex robots may seem far-fetched, but it will begin with simple things that gradually normalize the notion of social robots in other areas of our lives. The goal of robotics should not be to mimic humans or to create human substitutes but to automate useful tasks that promote human and environmental flourishing.
When confronted with distress in others, words dry up in our throats. If the words we seek do come out, they sometimes seem awkward or out of place. Thus, the best commentary on the prayer of Psalm 102:1-12 may be the blank page. Silence.
Psalm 31 gives us the opportunity to explore and express our lives of faith.
In just a few short words, Jesus has revealed his own name, and has thereby shown himself to be LORD. “Before Abraham was, I am.”
Those are ideas that The Circle plays with, but it ends up asking complex questions that result in apparent artistic incoherence. How do we use technology that benefits us without being enslaved by it or by those who control it?