I study the ways in which technology is a meaning-making enterprise, a reconfiguration of the world to enchant it and make it purposive. My general interests include religious studies, the history of science, anthropology of science, literature, and Christian history.
My past research focused upon the relationship between artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and religion (primarily the Singularity, mind uploading, & sentient machines, but also Shinto and Buddhist ideas as they relate to the development of Japanese robotics). In those studies, I wrote a book that was published by Oxford University Press and then moved on to the study of virtual worlds and video games. That research resulted in a National Science Foundation grant and a new book published by Oxford.
In 2012-13, I was a Visiting Scholar at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, funded by a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Award. Thanks to that research, I am working on a book about religion and culture in Indian science and technology. In 2016, I returned to India under the auspices of an American Academy of Religion Collaborative Research Grant. Thanks to this grant, I have worked with Dr. Renny Thomas of Jesus & Mary College in New Delhi to provide an ethnographically-informed essay about the south Indian festival of Ayudha Puja.