Are We Unwittingly Making the Internet into Another Life Form?


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The late musician David Bowie was a smart man and he made some insightful and interesting comments in an interview in 1999.


Technogenesis - Technology is Not Just a Tool

Technogenesis is the way in which the interactions between technology and biology impact our understanding of nature exists, and/or would/could be conceived of and reconfigured in the future.


Our technology is not just a tool, it is not benign. Technology has changed what and who we are a human beings. Just as the industrial revolution changed society and civilization so has our technology today.

Some changes are good like instant communication and the access to scholarly information etc. is of great value. yet we seem to be so overwhelmed that we do not use it to the benefit of all people.

The most obvious way we can see how our current technology has become part of us is our obsession with smartphones, they have become part of us and many people keep them with them ALL the time. When in groups instead of talking to each other many people remain engaged with their smartphones.

Our world is winding down, you and I will die and be with Christ. The Evil of the world we live, the sin in all of us continues to be be prevalent in our society.

The answer to this dilemma is and has always been the same. Pray, confess your sins and repent.


How Much Time Does the Average American Spend on Their Phone in 2022?

Нow much time does the average American spend on their phone?

To answer simply - a lot.

Let me guess. You’re reading this on your phone.

Gotcha.

The internet has become a massive part of our daily routine. Some can not do without it for a whole day. The continuous growth of smartphone devices across the world does not seem to be helping matters either. An increased number of people are now able to access the internet anywhere, anytime.

Here are some stats to keep you updated about how much time Americans are spending on their phones, and on what exactly.

Fascinating Facts About Americans and Smartphones

Want to know more as to how much time the average American spends on their phone? Check out these amazing stats below:

  • Most mobile phone users check their phones up to 63 times daily.

  • Americans spend an average screen time of 5.4 hours on their mobile phones daily.

  • Currently, there are 294.15 million smartphone users in America.

  • Social media is responsible for 2 hours and 24 minutes of global internet time spent online by an average user daily.

  • 13% of millennials spend over 12 hours on their phones daily.

  • Baby Boomers spend 5 hours using their phones.

  • Millennials spend 48 minutes texting every day.

You’re hungry for more of these stats right? Keep reading!" from the article: How Much Time Does the Average American Spend on Their Phone in 2022?


Technology is a Gift & A Curse

The facts are we all have been both blessed and corrupted by the technology around us. As image makers of God we create and we have been allowed to create technology. We curse ourselves through crime on the internet, pornography and depravity on the 'Dark Web".


Dark Web Definition

The dark web is the hidden collective of internet sites only accessible by a specialized web browser. It is used for keeping internet activity anonymous and private, which can be helpful in both legal and illegal applications. While some use it to evade government censorship, it has also been known to be utilized for highly illegal activity.

What is the dark web, deep web, and surface web?

The Internet is sizable with millions of web pages, databases, and servers all run 24 hours a day. But the so-called "visible" Internet (aka surface web or open web) — sites that can be found using search engines like Google and Yahoo — is just the tip of the iceberg.

There are several terms surrounding the non-visible Web, but it's worth knowing how they differ if you're planning to browse off the beaten path...The reputation of the dark web has often been linked to criminal intent or illegal content, and "trading" sites where users can purchase illicit goods or services. However, legal parties have made use of this framework as well...from the article: What is the Deep and Dark Web?

Hurtcore Porn and the Dark Web: Why We Need an Ethics of Technology

Hurtcore Pornography

Matthew Graham looks like your average geeky 22-year-old: skinny, pale, and awkward. Until recently, he lived with his parents in the South Morang suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and studied nanotechnology at nearby La Trobe University. And like many young men he played World of Warcraft and spent hours exploring 4chan, a website known for originating much of the Internet’s most offensive content. Graham also ran close to a dozen websites he referred to as PedoEmpire. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to 13 child pornography charges.

In October 2011, when the hacker group Anonymous announced a campaign to disrupt and take offline the Darknet site “Lolita City,” Graham (then only 18) wanted to help. At the time, Lolita City was home to a community of 15,000 child pornographers who bought, sold, and exchanged an estimated 1.3 million explicit images of children. And while claiming he was supporting the efforts of Anonymous, he began a descent into the criminal underbelly of the Internet where eventually he became one of the world’s most prolific provisioners of extremely violent child pornography..." from the article: Hurtcore Porn and the Dark Web: Why We Need an Ethics of Technology

How Technology Helps Us in Our Daily Lives

Recently in the news, an incident made headlines when a mother sent home an official itemized bill to the family of a child who missed her child’s party. Apparently, the family failed to notify the hosts that their plans had changed and their son would be missing the party. Granted, there was a lot of miscommunication involved, which spurred this party blunder to go viral. It now is a blame game and neither group is without fault.

This case goes beyond party etiquette, it raises the important topic about ways technology can help us in our daily lives.

Technology And It’s Benefits

Technology sometimes has a bad reputation for leading people down scary paths of sexting, identity theft, and introducing predators into their lives. However, technology can streamline schedules, simplify work and home businesses, coordinate activities, and much more.

Ultimately, technology can offer families a wide array of tools that can prevent blunders like the infamous birthday party snafu.

Here are 10 ways parents can use technology positively:

● Online calendars help coordinate everyone’s schedules and can be accessed by a variety of devices. Google Calendar is a great one to try.

● Cell phones allow families to text updates on activities, practices, and even grocery lists. Do you remember how hard it was to organize schedules without cell phones?

● Teachers are able to use class websites or apps like Class Dojo to keep parents updated about school.

● Busy parents are able to pay bills and bank online. You can conveniently pay the electric bill at 11:30 while watching Jimmy Fallon.

Doctors are now accepting Skype or using messaging services to chat with parents and patients. This can save a trip to the waiting room full of contagious germs.

● It is easy to check the weather and stay updated on severe or threatening situations. Keeping your family safe has never been easier.

● Monitor a child’s Internet activity with an app. Keep worries at bay and be involved in what your child is viewing, texting, or messaging online.

● Get homework help or locate answers to difficult questions like “what happens to atoms when you cut paper or cloth?” by Googling or seeking educational websites.

● Clean out the family entertainment center and go digital. Use movie or television services that don’t require bulky boxes, movie cases, or tons of cords.

● Forget making scrapbooks with paper and craft scissors. Use online photo sites to store, print, and create photo books.

Focusing On The Important Things

Remember the bickering party families that are now in a bitter feud over a child’s birthday party?

Both groups could have reached out to each other by using technology. They could have easily located misplaced phone numbers, messaged the host, or sent private emails asking for compensation. The ill feelings and media storm could have easily been solved early on- instead they chose to demand and threaten legal action.

In today’s world, families are pulled in different directions far too often. It is important for parents to seek out ways to enrich bonds and relationships instead of everyone going their separate ways. Technology has the ability to be used to lessen stress and time consuming tasks that steal precious moments away from the family...from the article: How Technology Helps Us in Our Daily Lives


Neuralink: Elon Musk's Entire Brain Chip Presentation in 14 Minutes (supercut)

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"Elon Musk showed off Neuralink's new implantable brain chip and demonstrated it working in real time on a pig." from video introduction.


What Is Neuralink? How Does The Technology Work And What Can A Person Do With It?

Neuralink is a gadget that will be surgically inserted into the brain using robotics by neurosurgeons. In this procedure, a chipset called the link is implanted in the skull. It has a number of insulated wires connected from the electrodes that are used in the process. This device can then be used to operate smartphones and computers without having to touch it. How does this “innovation (that is) pushing the boundaries of neural engineering” work?.. from the article: What Is Neuralink? How Does The Technology Work And What Can A Person Do With It?


Kill Switch (The X-Files): Art Reflecting Life?

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Invisigoth's better offer.

Kill Switch (The X-Files) ...The message contains a BIC code for an intermodal shipping container, which Mulder and Scully locate. When they approach it, a woman uses a Taser on the Agents and attempts to flee but is captured by Scully. The container turns out to be full of state-of-the-art computer equipment. The woman, the "Invisigoth" (Kristin Lehman) they've been looking for, warns the agents that a laser-armed Defense Department satellite has pinpointed their location. They quickly leave the area as the container is destroyed, supposedly by a "Particle Beam" shot from a defense satellite. The Agents bring Invisigoth to meet the Lone Gunmen. Invisigoth, whose real name turns out to be Esther Nairn, tells the agents and the Lone Gunmen that Gelman succeeded in creating an artificial intelligence. She reveals that once the AI locates an enemy, it destroys them using the satellite. According to Esther, Gelman was creating "Kill Switch", a virus that could destroy the AI. However, the AI learned of Gelman's plans and killed him by luring the drug dealers and the police to the diner. The only way to destroy the AI is to find the computer on which it is stored. It turns out that David is Esther's friend, and also worked with Gelman.." from the video introduction.


Christ Will Save US Not Our Technology


The reality is we must have new hearts in order to properly handle our new technology. We must pray that God would replace the love of darkness in our hearts with love for light.


Dallas Willard once said, "We want to good but we are ready to do wrong." And so we are!

All of us are born with depraved hearts. We will therefore love and seek darkness rather than light. By reason of our sin and depravity many of us will be attracted to the dark side of the internet. So we must pray and ask for forgiveness, we must repent of our behavior and thinking. We must pray that God would replace our love of darkness with love for the light.

The evil and depraved communications we read and watch corrupts our hearts and our good manners. We must fear God above all else and glorify him in our thinking and our doing!


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