Speaker information

chautauqua

I happily present my research and ideas to both academic and public audiences, and welcome requests to visit academic, secular, and religious communities. I also consult in the videogame industry.

Subjects that I have spoken/consulted on include:

  • religion & artificial intelligence
  • religion & videogames/virtual worlds, especially World of Warcraft and Second Life
  • religion & technology in contemporary India
  • religion, science, & technology in general (for example, ethical debates about biotech or the controversy over evolution and Creationism)

Among the presentations I’ve given recently, some notables include:

  • “Recoding Religion: Theological Renderings of Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Society” given as keynote address for @Unfathomable: AI as Founder of Order conference hosted by Fraunhofer FOKUS Berlin; Berlin, Germany, (October 18 2018). Watch the lecture here.
  • “Bearers of the Apocalypse: Horses, Robots, and the Digital Future of India” as keynote lecture for the AI and Apocalypse Symposium hosted by the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements; Bedford, UK (April 2018). Watch the lecture here.
  • “The Enhancement Game: Transcendent Play in Digital Worlds” at the world famous Chautauqua Institution (August 2016). See below for a video of the presentation.
  • “The Iron Horsemen of the Apocalypse: A Futurist Blend of Religion, Technology, and the End of the World” given as the Kathryn Fraser Mackay Memorial Lecture at St. Lawrence University (April 2016)