“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.”
When the machine starts to learn about us and we allow it do so, we might be surprised by what happens. And yes, in a good way. Yesterday, Google announced a new plug-in for their calendar called Goals. What the plug-in does is it take your personal life goals (like to run more, read more, spend more time with family, etc.) and ask you how much time you are willing to spend (invest) on those goals and then it looks at the patterns it can find in your calendar and schedules the best times for you achieve those personal goals and milestones. At first blush, we might say, “No way this works better than how I can schedule myself”, but the machine can act as a coach, or accountability that you wouldn’t have had before. So, don’t dismiss it so quickly. It’s just a matter of time before the machine begins to tell us what to do next.
Would God want the machine to keep us on track to learn and deepen our relationship with Him? As the creator of all, He might just marvel in those who use technology to find their way to a closer walk with Him. Our world is full of distractions (now more than ever) and we should look to those ways that we can become more disciplined, fixed and steadfast in our following, even if it means having the machine be a part of our walk.
Reference: Proverbs 4:25 (New Living Translation)