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Alexandra Dempsey, “Manoush Zomorodi: Unlocking Your Creative Potential with Boredom,” Freedom Matters (Oct 6, 2017)

Computers already are predominant, human life already plays out mostly within them, and people are satisfied with the results. …

Today, people don’t seek out computers in order to get things done; they do the things that let them use computers. …

People choose computers as intermediaries for the sensual delight of using computers, not just as practical, efficient means for solving problems.

That’s how to understand the purpose of all those seemingly purposeless or broken services, apps, and internet-of-things devices: They place a computer where one was previously missing. They transform worldly experiences into experiences of computing. Instead of machines trying to convince humans that they are people, machines now hope to convince humans that they are really computers. It’s the Turing test flipped on its head.

… the actions computers take become self-referential: to turn more and more things into computers to prolong that connection. …

The real threat of computers isn’t that they might overtake and destroy humanity with their future power and intelligence. It’s that they might remain just as ordinary and impotent as they are today, and yet overtake us anyway.

Ian Bogost, “You Are Already Living Inside a Computer,” The Atlantic (Sep 14, 2017)

The Internet for missionaries can be a force of connection, distraction, or addiction. This article about the effects of online technology on missions and missionaries was both bold and gracious.

Today’s digital technology can either serve as powerful tools to build Christ’s kingdom or devastating weapons aimed at destroying the life and soul of those on mission. …

[P]ressing into the local community in difficult and dangerous places is now twice as hard when the soft pillow of digital inanities constantly beckons. …

Social media, gaming,… pornography …

Each day, thousands of unreached people enter an eternity apart from Christ, while four out of ten of our young men are too entrapped in sexual addiction to bring them the good news of Christ’s freedom.

Even for men and women who have experienced liberation from porn addiction, the temptation remains. Porn is always available on the internet, quietly lurking in the shadows of the same devices that allow them to spend Christmas morning with their grandparents or to share The Jesus Film with a local friend. …

Each year that passes in the digital age, we’re likely to see more precious workers on the mission field who, when testifying to the possibility of freedom from addiction, speak from experience.

Jaclyn S. Parrish, “Missions in the Digital Age: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” International Mission Board (Aug 7, 2017)

David Murray, “Smart Rules for Smartphones”

Vannevar Bush, “As We May Think,” The Atlantic (Jul 1945)

Personal Knowledge Base: “An enlarged intimate supplement to his memory” /

Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. … [A] device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.

—Vannevar Bush, “As We May Think,” The Atlantic Monthly (July 1945), 101-108. As quoted in “Personal knowledge base,” Wikipedia.

Vannevar Bush described an electronic utility he called, “Memex.” It was meant to be a personal knowledge base to handle information overload and new challenges people would face post-WWII.

I was struck by each word of his description of the system as “an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.”

“Inside the rehab saving young men from their internet addiction,” The Guardian (Jun 16, 2017)

“Your Phone Knows If You’re Depressed”: Highlights /

Highlights of Mandy Oaklander, “Your Phone Knows If You’re Depressed,” Time.

“We found that the more time people spend on their phones, the more likely they are to be more depressed,” says David Mohr, one of the authors of the study and director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The researchers also found that spending lots of time at home was linked to depression — and that phone data like this could predict with 87% accuracy whether someone had symptoms of depression. …

Phone data were even better than the daily questions the users answered to predict depression test results. …

Depressed people, too, spent an average of 68 minutes using their phones each day, while people without depression only spent about 17 minutes on their phones. … “One of the things we see when people are depressed is that people tend to start avoiding tasks or things they have to do, particularly when they’re uncomfortable,” Mohr explains. “Using the phone, going in and using an app, is kind of a distraction.” …

LibraryBox: Portable Private Digital Distribution /

LibraryBox is an open source, portable digital file distribution tool based on inexpensive hardware that enables delivery of educational, healthcare, and other vital information to individuals off the grid.

[Look for v2.1 which brings localization (language) support. —C.M.H.]

Albert Mohler, “Meet the New American Family, Digitally Deluged” (Jun 17, 2010)