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

TEC006: Electric Cars and Tech Predictions of the Past- Our panel of Dom Bettinelli, Joanne Mercier, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss what would it take for them to switch to an electric or autonomous car? Then they discuss AT&T's 1993 predictions of future tech and how well those predictions were fulfilled.
TEC005: Robocalls and Technology Censorship- Americans endured over 26 billion robocalls last year. Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Michael Gossett, and Thomas Sanjurjo discuss what should be done at the government, corporate, and individual levels to deal with them. Then they discuss censorship by social media platforms and who gets to decide what is acceptable speech.
TEC004: The Surveillance State and Robot Workers- On this episode, Dom Bettinelli, Joanne Mercier, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the recent story of a young woman who was saved in part by police surveillance cameras and another about the rise of the delivery robots. Plus picks of the week.
TEC003: Sock Puppets and Viral Videos- Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Michael Gossett, and Thomas Sanjurjo discuss the news that the March for Life viral video was allegedly made viral by a sock puppet Twitter account and how we can avoid being manipulated like this. Plus a new papal prayer app and picks of the week.
TEC002: Fake News and CES- Our panel of Dom Bettinelli, Joanne Mercier, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss a new study on who spreads fake news online and the latest circus of consumer tech at CES.

Picks of the Week