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Should the Family or the State Restrict Teens' Social Media Access?

Should the Family or the State Restrict Teens' Social Media Access?

The Institute for Family Studies has published a list of legal and policy recommendations to protect teens from the dangers of social media. Among the recommendations are age-verification laws, parental consent requirements, and shutting down social media platforms at night for teens.

Artificial Intelligence Is Not the Same as Artificial Consciousness 

Artificial Intelligence Is Not the Same as Artificial Consciousness 

Is a truly “sentient” AI even possible? How could code develop the capacity for feelings, experiences, or intentionality? Even if our best algorithms can one day perfectly mirror the behavior of people, would they be conscious? How one answers such questions depends on one’s anthropology. What are people? Are we merely “computers made of flesh?” Or is there something more to us than the sum of our parts, a true ghost in the machine? A true ghost in the shell?

Millennials Who Engage with Digital Religion Say Technology Has Enriched Their Faith

Millennials Who Engage with Digital Religion Say Technology Has Enriched Their Faith

A new study found that religious millennials who engage with digital religion say their faith has been enriched with technology.

Google Engineer Claims Company's AI 'Told Me it Had a Soul,' Is 'Able to Meditate'

Google Engineer Claims Company's AI 'Told Me it Had a Soul,' Is 'Able to Meditate'

A Google engineer has been placed on paid administrative leave for violating policy after he claimed the company's artificial intelligence (AI) appears to have a consciousness and perhaps even a soul.

Here are 8 Ways to Protect Your Children from Cyberbullying

Here are 8 Ways to Protect Your Children from Cyberbullying

It’s a sad reality that children today are becoming innocent victims of the anger and frustration of other kids their age. The Internet and new smartphone apps have become increasingly prevalent platforms for bullies to use to abuse and harass others, and it’s no surprise, due to the anonymity of many applications, that many bullies are never identified. Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that is almost invisible to parents, as no form of physical abuse is displayed. Regardless, the effects it can have on a child’s mental health can be devastating.

In most cases, children who are not prepared to confront such behavior feel threatened and helpless by a bully’s malicious behavior, especially when they protect themselves with the anonymity of the Internet. Help your children combat cyberbullying and its dramatic effects by teaching them easy safety measures and tactics.

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Pray.com Releases an NFT Becoming First Faith-Based Company in the Metaverse

Pray.com Releases an NFT Becoming First Faith-Based Company in the Metaverse

Pray.com has announced the release of its first non-fungible token (NFT), becoming the first faith-based company to take part in the metaverse.

AI Is Inspired by Human Intelligence

AI Is Inspired by Human Intelligence

Digital technology has transformed the modern world, opening vistas that previous generations would have thought impossible. Yet to fully master artificial intelligence, our brightest scientists are forced to direct their attention back to God’s original design specs.

Does Virtual Reality Stunt Kids' Development?

Does Virtual Reality Stunt Kids' Development?

One of the reasons young kids perform terribly in the virtual world is that they have yet to master the basic skills of the real world. This has led some experts to question if hours spent playing as an avatar could shortchange the process, leading to developmental issues later in life. So far, the jury is still out.

Here's How to Be a Smarter Christian with Social Media

Here's How to Be a Smarter Christian with Social Media

A major evangelical website recently reviewed a new book on the rise of technology in which the review lamented the challenges Christians face when navigating the digital world led by Google, Amazon, and Facebook. It was a helpful review of what seems to be a valuable book. But there was plenty of cyberspace irony. The title of the post was optimized for Google’s search algorithms. The review featured a “buy this book on Amazon” widget. And the website prominently displayed easy-to-link quotes to share on social platforms such as Facebook.

Such is digital life for Christians in the modern age. We have a love-hate relationship with the online realm. Everyone is dependent on technology, but everyone loathes some aspects of it. For example, it seems like every week one of my friends creates a Twitter thread about how he is going to quit Twitter (some for the third or fourth time). And I can’t count how many times I’ve seen an article about “Why I left social media, and how it made my life better” go viral on social media.

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The Church in the Metaverse

The Church in the Metaverse

A church without doctrine is a mere social club or an arbitrary special interest group, but a “church” that remains doctrinally correct but only connects online is a mere chat room. A disembodied online existence makes it too easy to hide who and what we really are from those God has called us to love and be loved by. The Christian life cannot be fully lived online.

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