Here’s my heart, Lord, take and Siri it…

So the Internet is all abuzz with the unveiling of Apple’s newest Iphone. I admit that I spent the better part of an hour watching the live presentation on cnn.com. You’d think that after several iterations of Apple’s presentations, the media and the public (myself included) would get bored, but the hype and anticipation just seems to build with every new launch. I had been waiting for this announcement for a while as I am due for a new phone (as well as my wife), but my fascination with these products exposed something in me that I don’t like.  Continue reading

TED Talks

If you haven’t watched any of the TED talks, you’ve been missing out. TED stands for Technology, Education, and Design. It’s an annual gathering of world-changers, innovators, scientists, and entertainers. Each talk goes for 18-20 minutes, and you can find a wide range of topics on everything from magic to the Internet to psychology to robotics and medicine. Warning: you could spend a lot of time there.

At the most recent TED, Bryan Stevenson gave a strong talk about injustice. I think the real power of his presentation was that it was a corrective to all of the speculative hype that is associated with all things ‘techy’. TED embraces big and daring dreams, innovation, and creativity. Stevenson reminded the TED community that they must not forget the poor and marginalized in it all because no matter how technological and creative, the character of a society will be determined by how they cared for and regarded the poor.

Watch it here. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Poignant slideshow on how our smartphones are making us dumber.

CNN Photos

In a world where texts, tweets and Facebook are constantly accessible through always-handy cell phones, it seems we are never left alone. Photographer Zack Arias’s #de_VICE series captures people who are lost in the world of their digital devices.

“We are tethered to our devices to the point they may be a vice,” Arias wrote on his blog last year. “I know I struggle with it. Once you are in the iWorld it’s amazing how unaware you become of your surroundings.”

Arias, a commercial photographer, started the personal project during a trip to New York in 2011. As he walked onto the bustling sidewalk, he saw a girl in a white dress looking down at her phone. He snapped a picture. He turned, saw someone else on a phone, and snapped another picture. Suddenly, in a “movie moment,” he looked around and realized he was surrounded by people on their…

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