The First Robot Was a Monk*

Posted by on Jun 19, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

Check out Radiolab’s fascinating piece on the miraculous sixteenth-century creation of a clockwork automaton of a Franciscan. *Actually, this monk robot is but an “early and very rare example of a self-acting automaton.” Please excuse the hyperbole.  

Seeking iPad app developer for Touchsight

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

I’m looking for a partner who can help me make this idea a reality. If someone is willing to do the bulk of the coding, I’m happy to give them the bulk of the profit (should there be any!). The rest will go to making another dream happen. Contact nathan@artmonastery.org  

Monks at Portsmouth Abbey Use Web in Recruitment – NYTimes.com

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in Otherhood | One Comment

So the monks, who for centuries have shied away from any outside distractions, have instead done what many troubled organizations are doing to find new members — they have taken to the Internet with an elaborate ad campaign featuring videos, a blog and even a Gregorian chant ringtone. “We’re down in numbers, we’re aging, we […]

Contemplating Second Life

Posted by on Apr 1, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

It’s been years since I stopped into Second Life, but here are a few spots for contemplatively inclined avatars: Saint Francis Church and Monastery “Saint Francis Church and Monastery offers a serene and quiet location perfect for personal reflection, meditation, prayer, or a religious service. Enjoy the stunning beauty of this tranquil island and take […]

Poll

Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies has a new poll: Is ‘spirituality’ a necessary component of a happy, peaceful posthuman future?Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies has a new poll: Is ‘spirituality’ a necessary component of a happy, peaceful posthuman future?

Cyborg Buddha | Philippe Verdoux | On Why It Might Be Wise To Think More About Wisdom

Posted by on Oct 17, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

“In a world torn with strife and warfare, perhaps no problem is more important [than that of understanding and developing wisdom], as wisdom may be the only hope out of the bloodshed.” – Robert Sternberg … But what exactly is wisdom? Would augmenting our cognitive capacities entail a corresponding increase in how wise we as […]

The empires of the future will be empires of the mind.

Posted by on Sep 30, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

—Winston Churchill via Stowe Boyd.

theFWD submission #5

Posted by on Sep 21, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

[a piece of speculative futurism for the Future We Deserve collaborative book project] Monastech Monastech is how monasticism interfaces with technology to help us build the future we deserve. Monastech helps you grow your own Otherhood—create your very own monastic order—or monasticize your existing community’s future. It is an open-source monastic university, an online cyber-monastic community, […]

Getting the questions right

Posted by on Aug 16, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Examples of the secular world learning from the world’s ancient contemplative and spiritual traditions abound.  Neuroscientists, psychologists, doctors, cognitive scientists and cosmologists are learning from inner technologies of meditation and contemplative practice. But what of the outer, visible, measurable technologies of those traditions? How are we learning from those technologies that fit into what is […]