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Augmenting Spirituality With Internet Communication

Augmenting Spirituality With Internet Communication

The Catholic Church's recent endorsement of app mediated confession caused something of a stir, but it is not the first instance of religion and computers co-existing harmoniously.

Stephen Fortune

The Catholic Church’s recent endorsement of app mediated confession caused something of a stir, but it is not the first instance of religion and computers co-existing harmoniously.

The Interaction Research Studio of Goldsmiths University London has produced a prototype religious gadget: The Prayer Companion. This device displays a stream of information sourced from RSS news feeds and social networking sites to suggest possible prayer topics for a group of cloistered nuns whose daily routines haven’t altered since the monasteries’ foundation 145 years ago.

The Poor Clare nuns from St Joseph’s in York take a vow of enclosure meaning they have tightly controlled interactions with the outside world. The prayer reader aids them in keeping their prayers pertinent to the world. The prayer companion RSS feeds are also interspersed with text scraped from social media aggregator We Feel Fine

The Prayer Companion

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