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. 

Learning to Reconnect in an Age of Disconnect

“Everybody’s got a cell phone that makes pancakes so they don’t want to rock the boat. They don’t want to make any trouble. People have been bought off by gizmos and toys in this country. No one questions things anymore.” — George Carlin.

The following audio clip is from a talk I gave at at the Islamic Center of New England (ICNE – Sharon), March 8th, 2013.

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