ENDNOTE: Is technology substituting for God?




  • Four companies dominate our daily lives unlike any other in human history: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. 
  • We love our nifty phones and just-a-click-away services, but these behemoths enjoy unfettered economic domination and hoard riches on a scale not seen since the monopolies of the gilded age. 
  • The only logical conclusion? We must bust up big tech.


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As Western nations become wealthier, organized religion plays a smaller role in our lives. But the void between questions and answers remains, creating an opportunity. As more and more people become alienated from traditional religion, we look to Google as our immediate, all-knowing oracle of answers from trivial to profound. Google is our modern-day god. Google appeals to the brain, offering knowledge to everyone, regardless of background or education level. If you have a smartphone or an Internet connection, your prayers will always be answered: “Will my kid be all right?” “Symptoms and treatment of croup. . .” “Who might attack us?” “Nations with active nuclear-weapons programs . . .”

Think back on every fear, every hope, every desire you’ve confessed to Google’s search box and then ask yourself: Is there any entity you’ve trusted more with your secrets? Does anybody know you better than Google?

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Is technology substituting for God?

Given that the televangelists steal money — have your seen the magic prosperity water? —, the politicians are using it to manipulate, and the “bureaucrats” (i.e., priests) are pedophiles, I’m not sure that it’s a bad thing.

Human societies seem to have class of drones that are parasites and don’t produce anything of value. Perhaps if “we” can clear the decks of them, we’d all be better off

Seems like our paradigms and memes cycle thru phases of “God is dead” and “religious revivals”. Not so sure that this is so, but looking back in my experience it seems so.

One can only hope that the “good drones” are not wiped out with the “bad ones”.


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