On Monday, at the Geneva International Motor Show, Apple went public with “CarPlay”, a re-named and updated version of “iOS in the Car”. Starting later this year, Ferrari, Mercedez-Benz, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar and Volvo will debut the in-car version of iOS with many manufacturers (thank you, Subaru) following suit in the future.
Users will be able to access a limited range of apps on their iPhones by plugging it into the USB port of the car. They will then have access to Music, Maps, Messages and Phone apps with further compatibility with other apps coming soon.
This will be Apple’s first venture into non-stand-alone computing or mobile devices and into the “Internet of Things”. The upcoming iWatch will be its second. With both of these set to arrive this year in addition to the iPhone 6 and improved Apple TV, Apple looks to be set for a great finish to 2014.
I doubt Pierre Teilhard de Chardin ever imagined a globe covered with smart/connected cars, but if he had, I’m sure he’d identify it as being one step closer to the Noosphere. It will be interesting what issues this kind of technology raises for theology and the work of the Church. I’m thinking about a praxis of less distracted-driving.
Today is Ash Wednesday. The Church marks the beginning of 40 days of fasting, reflection and growth towards the transformation of the Resurrection. As a way to participate in Lent, many Catholics will “give up” social media altogether. With respect to that observance, here’s why I’m not:
During Lent and other special liturgical seasons, many parishes make special efforts to engage their members through various outlets. In an age of paradigm-changing and ubiquitous technology, here are 5 tips for churches to use it more effectively.
Evan Selinger, writing for Wired in an article yesterday, critiques the “relationship wingman” app “BroApp“.
Of course, there’s all kinds of stuff we’re bad at doing or don’t want to do, and digital assistants, apps, and algorithms can help. I too see our relying on some kinds of outsourcing technology as both likely and helpful. But I also believe extreme dependency is a problem to be aware of. The line separating a beneficial from a self-undermining type of assistance isn’t always clear, and tipping points do exist. We can’t afford to overlook them, much less pretend they aren’t there in the first place.
Why isn’t anyone accusing Hootsuite or Buffer of the same thing regarding Twitter? Because Twitter is a social platform. Text messages are not. They imply real-time, conscious engagement with the recipient. BroApp can hack into the OS and manipulate the system texting app to send legit looking texts to your loved one. One of the distinguishing features of Android. Sometimes good, sometimes bad.
If your loved one finds out your texts aren’t being sent in real-time, probably bad.
Technology is abused when it doesn’t promote authentic humanity.
Theology is never done apart from the larger culture in which it finds itself. This is not news, but it seems to me that it’s always helpful to think deeply about this question from time to time.
As reported by Dell’s “Tech Page One”, the Brazilian firm “Tecnologia Humana 3D” is developing physical ultrasound models using 3D printers.
Tecnologia Humana designs the models with sophisticated programs that produce highly detailed simulations of a fetus’ anatomy that doctors can examine virtually…A model would allow people with impaired vision to know the size of a fetus while giving them a new appreciation of those tiny toes and fingers.
Imagine an older kid seeing a model of himself as a baby. Cool/weird.
Great for the visually impaired, and a great conversation starter.
Technology advancing the truth of the human being…
Sometimes it’s nice to remind yourself of the reason for writing. Here is mine:
From Christian Today, Feb. 13: $16,000 robot bridges religion and technology at seminary | Christian News on Christian Today.
The seminary purchased one as a learning tool for examining questions on the intersections between religion and technology, and the ethical considerations around using such technology in everyday life…Therapeutically, the robot has been used to help in the therapy of children with higher level forms of autism, as it is found they relate better to the childlike and highly expressive face. The seminary will use the robot to explore questions like whether robots should do our jobs, care for the sick in hospital, and what benefits they might have in companies.
It’s encouraging to see some seminaries taking technology seriously as a theological issue (in robotics no less). The idea of autistic children relating more to robots than humans is absolutely fascinating.
Kudos to Southeren Evangelical Seminary.
From i09. The science behind meditation, and why it makes you feel better.
A 2012 study showed that people who meditate exhibit higher levels of gyrification — the “folding” of the cerebral cortex as a result of growth, which in turn may allow the brain to process information faster.
The more I actually make time for this, the better I think/feel/am.
“Be still and know that I am God.” -Psalm 46:10
David got that right.