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Rethinking Technology

A Silicon Valley Symposium

On Sunday, April 26, AHIMSA, in association with the Interfaith Center at the Presidio of San Francisco,, and the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, presented a symposium exploring the effects of the Digital Revolution on people at work, at home, at school and on the road.

A panel of Silicon Valley insiders met to consider both the opportunities and threats presented by the Digital Revolution.

Among the topics:

  • Do you ever feel as if our tools have become our masters, and that we must constantly adapt ourselves to their demands?
  • In an information-based society, do notions like values, meaning, virtue and even wisdom have any place?
  • If we really are becoming the tools of our tools, maybe the fault – and the solution – lies not with our tools but with ourselves. Maybe it’s time to rethink technology…. as if people matter.


Rahul Brown - Entrepreneur, Business Development
Karl Dobrinich - Small business owner, non-profit consultant
Tom Foremski - Journalist, ‘Silicon Valley Watcher’
Nina Horne - Policy, Strategy, Public Good
Tapan Parikh - Professor, UC-Berkeley School of Information
Richard Whittaker - Writer, Artist, Publisher
Tom Mahon - Convener, Author, and forty-year Silicon Valley veteran

From the audience:

Rev. Dr. Dorsey Odell Blake
Professor Muriel Parenteau

Take the 21-Day “Mindful Technology” Challenge:

Four-Steps to a Healthier Relationship with Technology:

German-Russian Forum, Berlin, 14 May 2014:

Dialogue of Civilizations Forum 2014, Rhodes, Greece, “Pursuing Sanity in a Digital Tsunami: Be Calm; Be Kind”: October 2-4, 2014:

Dialogue of Civilizations Forum 2012, Rhodes, Greece, “Notes From One Returned From the Land of Gloom”, Oct 3-8, 2012:

“The Tools of Our Tools”:

“Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us”:

“AO (Acronym Overload)”, Electronic Engineering Times, Tom Mahon,

“The Rise of Social Networking Sites Has Led to Changes in the Nature of Our Social Relationships”: 

“Automation Makes Us Dumb”:

“Some Radical New Economic Systems Will Emerge from Collapse of Capitalism”:

“Scientists have concerns about AI”:

“Unease for What Microsoft’s HoloLens Will Mean for Our Screen-Obsessed Lives”:

“Tech Giants Invest in New Dreams of Grandeur”:

“New social media study investigates relationships among Facebook use, narcissism and empathy”: