John Dyer is coming for the Faith & Technology Forum on Thursday! A couple weeks ago I did a brief Skype interview with John on his book From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology.
Even though I struggled to get the Skype recorder working (I apologize for the slow frame speed), John was gracious as we re-recorded the brief interview several times. Here are the questions I asked:
- First, how would you define technology?
- So, we shape our tools – our technology – but they also shape us. In one chapter, you discuss how different mediums of digital communication – like phone calls, Tweeting, blogs, or texting – actually shape our thinking. How does this work?
- Many see that technology is not just a neutral tool. But on the other side, some say technology itself is a determining force and shapes culture almost in spite of human beings. What’s your view on this?
- What can the Bible – the Christian story – contribute to our understanding of technology?
- You’re a coder and web developer. You live and breathe digital technology. What kind of questions do you ask yourself to evaluate the effect of a particular technology – perhaps even one you’re designing – on human life?
I’m looking forward to meeting John in person on Thursday evening in Boulder. In addition to John’s presentation we’ll have an additional special presentation by Eric Swanson of Leadership Network and a panel discussion with Dave Carlson, CEO of Shopventory, Patrick Riley of Global Accelerator Network, and Will Forsythe, Pastor of All Souls Boulder. We look forward to discussing everything from how to take Sabbath rests from technology to whether or not Google really can solve death.
See you there. (If you don’t yet have tickets, you really should. They come with food, drink and a book – not to mention the opportunity to listen to some pretty interesting folks. You can buy them here.)
Your leadership network will be an exciting presentation. Be sure to send us your “take” on this discussion/event. Let’s hope that technology can be helpful to society…and not destructive of
person to person conversation.