With the immense popularity of Facebook and smart phones, corporations have jumped into hyper-drive for the next big thing. The rewards are immense, as we’ve seen with the success of Apple. So what will it be? One possibility is smart clothes, that is, electronics woven into articles of clothing. These might include the Google glasses, smart pants, interactive shirts, or maybe even thought helmets for direct mind-to-mind communication. My question for the good people of SpokaneFAVS: Do you think all these new inventions will bring us closer together, and ultimately closer to God?
From what I can gather, there seem to be two different schools of thought. One side has a similar approach to the Luddites of the Industrial Revolution, and even the monasteries and convents of the Middle Ages. Modern gadgets are distractions that get in the way of face-to-face communication with each other. Text messages interrupt deep conversation, and cell phones create shallow, distant relationships. They might even detract from our spirituality. Just like the monks of old, we come closer to God by going to our closet, shutting the door, and praying in solitude and silence.
But I’ve also caught strands of a different sort on SpokaneFAVS. Another side says community is important to religion. What if smart shirts can help us understand our neighbor’s mood before we speak with them? What if smart pants can tell us if a church member is nearby? Or what if we could bypass speech entirely, and know each other directly through our thoughts? Some say God is found in community. If that’s true, then perhaps technology can bring us closer together, and ultimately closer to God?
What do you think? As technology races ahead, is it good or bad for your religion?