No More SMS from Jesus: Ubicomp, Religion and Techno-spiritual Practices

  • Genevieve Bell
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4206)


Over the last decade, new information and communication technologies have lived a secret life. For individuals and institutions around the world, this constellation of mobile phones, personal computers, the internet, software, games, and other computing objects have supported a complex set of religious and spiritual needs. In this paper, I offer a survey of emerging and emergent techno-spiritual practices, and the anxieties surrounding their uptake. I am interested in particular in the ways in which religious uses of technology represent not only a critique of dominant visions of technology’s futures, but also suggest a very different path(s) for ubiquitous computing’s technology envisioning and development.


Mobile Phone Text Message Religious Practice Ubiquitous Computing Religious Community 
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  • Genevieve Bell
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  1. 1.IntelHillsboro

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