How Technology Influences Our Non-Technological Sensibilities

Technology, in particular, digital technology – which includes the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT), is ubiquitous. Writers such as Neil Postman (Technopoly) and Nicholas Carr (The Shallows), along with many others, have written extensively on the effects and impact of technology on our lives. I agree with them. One aspect of the confluence between this technology and ourselves which doesn’t get as much attention is how technology also re-wires our perspectives on religion. Some of this reconfiguration is direct (such as affecting our attention span) while others are more subtle and indirect. It is the latter that I wish to discuss here. Continue reading “How Technology Influences Our Non-Technological Sensibilities”

Surveillance Capitalism

The discussion on On Point Radio today with Shoshana Zuboff was critical. It was a discussion around how corporations are harnessing the power of IoT (the internet of things) and uses that data to not only make money off of predicting our behavior but even further commodifies and reduces humanness to nothing other than data. Her book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, is a great, informative, and important read.

When We Chose Technique Over Self Mastery

“For the wise men of old, the cardinal problem of human life was how to conform the soul to objective reality, and the solution was wisdom, self-discipline, and virtue. For the modern, the cardinal problem is how to conform reality to the wishes of man, and the solution is a technique.”C. S. Lewis

Finally A Qur’an App That Delivers

Elmohafez TV, developed by Hossam Hammady, is a truly useful Qur’an app, that is if you want to use such an app to aid you in memorizing the Qur’an. The icing on the cake — at least for me — is its incorporation of the Qira’āt al-‘Ashr, or the 10 Variant Recitations of the Qur’an. It features a couple of useful tools: [1] a voice recorder. This allows you to record yourself reciting and compare it to the mushaf. If you get it correct, you get to mark that section/verse completed, which leads to [2] ledger function that tells you your progress in memorizing that chapter, or juz’, in percentages. The app also fearures a number of reciters in the variant recitations as well. May Allah bless the app’s creator(s).

Hat tip to Abdl-Karim.