Codebreaker

Pope fears technology that destroys reality; Pope’s fears realized

John Moe Oct 13, 2010
Codebreaker

Pope fears technology that destroys reality; Pope’s fears realized

John Moe Oct 13, 2010


Pope Benedict who, I don’t know, has just seen Tron for the first time or something, has spoken out against the warped reality that technology provides.

“New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality. The image can also become independent from reality, it can give birth to a virtual world, with various consequences — above all the risk of indifference towards real life,” the pope said.

As if on cue, researchers with the University in Ilmenau’s Department of Virtual Worlds and Digital Games in Germany have made what they call a Diminishing Reality System. It’s a program that can make real, live objects disappear from a live video. So – you see a coffee cup on your desk. It’s really there, but when you use a video camera or smartphone with this program, you can erase the object as you’re filming it in real time.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.