Is the Internet a 'Gift from God'?

Pope Francis has praised the internet as "a gift from God," extolling the possibilities it provides for "encounter and solidarity." But on many days, the internet doesn't feel so much like a gift as a curse. Increased access to information through new technologies that connect us has changed the way we live – from our need to immediately respond to emails to our constant pull towards our devices to see if someone has “liked” our latest post. How can we improve not just the relationships with each other, but also with the technology that makes them possible? Connected systems and big data analysis are fundamentally changing how we interact with devices ranging from phones, to appliances, and even vehicles. These new systems offer the potential to better understand our behaviors and meet individual needs. We’ll hear from business leaders working to find new and unexplored ways to use connected technologies and big data to make life better, in areas such as fitness, transportation, and communication.

Festival: 2017

Watch and Listen: Technology

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