• A robotic advocate for Buddhism makes us think we're being too narrow (at least in the U.S.) in terms of our conception of where technology in general does or does not belong. There is often a presumed conflict between technology and spirituality, but the questions they provoke about our role in the world and what it means to be human can lead us into similar discussions. Technologists tend to see their inventions as performing roles of utility in some fashion: helping us move heavy objects, clean dishes automatically or keep us entertained. Artists, critics and writers are the ones giving technology the more difficult, complicated examination and finding both what it reveals of our desires and how it shapes them, and help us recognize that those desires often go beyond the limits of utility. 


(Dis)trusting Technology: 


Roadmapping the Future: 


Virtually There: 


More next week.