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Monday, March 14 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Steve Jobs and the Rise of the Techno-Priests

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“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” The quote from St. Augustine in the 4th century sounds surprisingly like Apple fanboy forum posts prior to the launch of the next magical “iSomething”. As technology continues to become more personal and more integrated with our lives, it’s begun to affect how we perceive our relationship to the world around us in ways that more closely resemble religion. Remember the panicky, out of body experience you had the last time you left your smartphone at home? With deepening integration, our tech changes the way we live and the makers of technology profoundly shape our society. We tend to think that these technologies are only tools, but they are becoming part our senses; they even affect our world view. That world view is being molded by the conveyors of our gadgets and apps as they define the way we interact with friends and family, choose what we can and cannot see, expand our access to ideas and even change the way we are able to think. Join me on this irreverent and hilarious romp through the past, present and future as we compare the fundamental ideologies’ of Apple, Google and Microsoft with historical religious movements, see why visionary technology creators are our new priests and why Steve Jobs is the new Pope.


Shane Kempton

Phase 2 Interactive

Monday March 14, 2011 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 9ABC

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