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, Jack Baruzzini, Thomas Sanjurjo, Fr. Andrew Kinstetter, and Pat Scott every week.

Recent Episodes

Choosing Personal Cloud Storage - Which cloud storage service is best? Dom Bettinelli, Pat Scott, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the various options for personal cloud storage and their pros and cons, and then offer their own recommendations. Plus, whether government should default to choosing free, open-source software.
Our Favorite Videogames - What are our favorite videogames of all time and now? Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Joseph Sund, and Victor Lams discuss their favs, why games aren't just frivolous, and what makes a good game. Plus, cryptomining, 3-d printed homes, and weird CES announcements.
Will Virtual Disney Replace the Real Things? - As VR becomes more real and accessible, will virtual reality experiences replace real world experiences? Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Andrew Kinstetter, and Joanne Mercier discuss the good and the bad, the potential consequences, and what a Catholic worldview has to say about living in the metaverse.
Big Brother on the Shelf - Is the Elf on the Shelf teaching kids bad privacy hygiene? Dom Bettinelli, Jack Baruzzini, and Thomas Sanjurjo discuss some security experts warnings, plus the faith-based concerns as well. Also, a weird Alexa challenge; the world's biggest nuke; and a half-billion in Bitcoin in the trash.
Notification Distraction - With so many beeps and dings from our devices, Dom, Fr. Andrew, and Pat discuss the distraction problem and strategies for mitigating them, including in our prayer lives. Plus Google locking down files; Facebook live chat support; and the internet's effect on our memory.

Picks of the Week