The Secrets of Technology

Welcome to the Secrets of Technology from the Star Quest Production Network, your weekly look at the world of technology from a uniquely Catholic perspective. We’re not the usual tech news from New York or San Francisco. We’re creating conversations around technology topics that affect all of us, including social media, privacy, AI, the ubiquity of gadgets, parenting tech-savvy kids, and more.

Geek and gadget culture is mainstream in society at all age levels now more than ever. By exploring the intersection of faith and technology, we give you the tools to live your faith life and spirituality in harmony with the work of technology and media that you are immersed in.

But you don’t have to be Catholic or a believer to get something out of Secrets of Technology. Our regular panel will discuss the top tech stories, offer up technology tips and lessons, and give you our picks of the week for software, hardware, web sites, or information that will make you more productive, more entertained, more informed, and more secure. Join Domenico Bettinelli, Fr. Cory Sticha, Joanne Mercier, Fr. Michael Gossett, and Thomas Sanjurjo every week.

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Recent Episodes

Zoom Follies and How to Avoid Them - Remote video conferencing etiquette is more important than ever now. Dom Bettinelli, Thomas Sanjurjo, Jack Baruzzini look at the potential pitfalls and give advice on how to avoid them. Plus, how 3-D printing is helping to save the world.
Staying Connected under Social Distancing - We're all getting used to the new normal, so Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Andrew Kinstetter and Pat Scott talk about how we're using tech to stay connected and occupied, especially priests and seniors and families, but also setting it aside when necessary. Plus Apple surprises us with a new iPad, MacBook Air, and more.
Tech, the Virus, and You - As both fear and skepticism around the coronavirus spread, Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Cory Sticha, and Joanne Mercier discuss some of the tech aspects, including avoiding scams and fake news, keeping your personal hardware clean, using tech to ease the effects of isolation, and the Catholic aspects of dealing with the pandemic, and more.
The Vatican and Ethical AI - The Vatican working with Big Tech has put forth a set of principles for ethical artificial intelligence. Dom Bettinelli, Jack Baruzzini, and Thomas Sanjurjo agree that the Church should be at the forefront of this issue and that the real danger isn't Skynet, but something much more present today.
How Tech Can Help Your Lent - As Lent begins, Catholics are being encouraged to limit their technology use to be more mindful of the season. Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Andrew Kinstetter, and Pat Scott look at how to use tech to enhance our Lenten observance as well as ways to put limits on our tech use in that spirit.

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