I Fear…

I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.

This is apparently an Einstein quote however I haven’t been able to find a reliable source and it’s doing the rounds on a viral so it may not be correct but it sprang to mind last weekend when I was up in Oxford waiting for a bus and looked around and realised that everyone else at the stop was texting/messaging. Closed off from human interaction to the point where they weren’t even using their phones to talk to people anymore. It’s not a generation of idiots that I fear just the erosion of human contact. With the advance of technology and social media I know more about the day-to-day, hour to hour lives of my friends than I ever did before but I feel like I see them less than I ever have which is sad and something I intend to change.

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Not App Plicable.

Catholics cannot confess by iPhone, the Vatican has said, after the launch of a ‘confession app’ sanctioned by the US Catholic Church.

It would seem that technology is no substitute for the traditional meting out of parochial guilt and penance. I don’t see the problem (but them I’m not a Catholic so maybe I’m just missing the point). Surely if you feel the need to confess your sins the ability to do it on the move would encourage a more regular examination of conscience?

The App, approved by the US Catholic Church but condemned by the Vatican, has the standard 10 commandments and the ability to add a custom sin if you’ve been a bit imaginative. All it needs is a ‘shake’ mode to generate a random sin and its own photo app with devilish special effects for you to capture those immoral moments and share them with your designated priest and you could be guilt free and absolved of sins by the time you’ve finished the morning commute. Sounds like a winner to me.