My return to the Daily Theology blog after a few months off for dissertation wrap-up. This is my initial foray into questions of digital technology and embodiment, with a focus on Google Glass and filtering. With some Star Trek thrown in.
I think like many good nerds, when I first saw the proposals for Google Glass, my mind immediately jumped to the great Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Game.” In this episode, Commander Riker meets a Ktarian woman while on shore leave. She introduces him to a game that sets over one’s eyes and that is controlled by the mind. The actual gameplay is apparently simple, and the pleasure centers of one’s brain are stimulated whenever a level is successfully completed. It is, in short, addicting, and it quickly spreads throughout the crew of the Enterprise (except for Wesley Crusher and Ashley Judd, but you either know what I’m talking about or you’ll just have to watch the episode on Netflix).
The operative premise behind the game isn’t really that far-fetched. In Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other…
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