Dr. Anne Helen Petersen argues that millennials struggle with “adulting” (a word coined by millennials to describe the duties required for independent, self-sufficient life) because they have internalized the notion that they should always be working.
“The world is awash with bullshit, and we’re drowning in it.” So begin Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West in their new book, Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World. This work began as a course at the University of Washington, where Bergstrom is a biologist and West a data scientist. The course and book both identify what surrounds us in the age of “big data” and provide the reader strategies for defusing its influence.
In this provocative book, Christopher Preston presents us with an emerging panorama of the future, which he invites us to help shape. He convincingly argues that we currently, and will increasingly, modify the entire planet from the microscale to the macroscale.
Now at the dawn of a new decade in a relatively new century, I wonder about our ability to see beyond the assurances of amazing apps and devices that promise us increased productivity, free entertainment, better communication, and enhanced lives.
Do you ever wonder how the internet will have redefined societal norms 50 years from now? If so, you’re not alone.
Jacob Shatzer, an assistant professor and associate dean in the School of Theology and Missions at Union University, addresses the way technology forms us, especially in regards to Christian discipleship
The power of Justin Whitmel Earley’s book lies not in its novelty or rigor but in its simplicity and accessibility.
We are seeing it happen already—if you have shopped in an Amazon Go store or fired up your Roomba, you are getting a taste of how these advances are starting to change our definitions of work.
The harmful effects (and how to combat them) of technology are the focus of computer scientist Cal Newport’s new book Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.
It just so happens that in 1943, five of the brightest Christian minds of the time—C.S. Lewis, Jacques Maritain, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, and Simone Weil—were all writing, speaking, and thinking about education and what it means to be human.
How we can work to stem the rising tide of loneliness and alienation?
As hymn books dissolve into digital catalogs and organs morph into macbooks, what do we make of the source of our songs? Who decides what gets written and what gets played (are the worship wars really over)?
The topic of media consumption is a common source of concern and self-guilt for many parents. It feels like there is so much at stake when it comes to our kids and media usage, especially since most of the related headlines are negative.
We have all heard statistics or warnings about digital addictions. Glowing screens offer a seemingly irresistible draw. How, then, can we protect our kids from becoming dependent on them?
Children now have access to technology that was not even dreamed of when their parents were children. This means that our children have a different childhood than we had, and we have to parent differently than our parents parented us.
I’m reminded that this active engagement of thought is not only good for me, but is in fact the way I become me.
In this continued roundtable of Jacobs’ How to Think, I’d like to circle back to the question of online vs. offline thinking.
In addition to the material conditions of enacting thought, we’ve touched lightly on the virtues necessary to enact thought as Jacobs describes it.
It is concerning that the connections that we have to those that we have never met in person are simply so easy to forsake that they don’t seem worth the work of forbearance.
In our fast-paced, information-laden world, we need to be able to quickly sort and categorize what we see and hear and, more often than not, people will get included in this categorization process.
Perhaps non-engagement is not an option, and we should think of social media in terms of strategic entanglement rather than strategic withdrawal.
Technology is not neutral. Even equations and computer algorithms, which may initially appear cold and neutral, reflect the values and assumptions of the people and organizations that construct them.
While smart and connected devices provide convenience and other benefits, they come with a variety of security and privacy concerns.
This new low-tech groundswell is fed by the steadily spreading realization that our favorite devices and apps—marketed to us as mere tools, or at most, servants—are, in fact, acting back on us in powerful ways. Why is this the case?
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?
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