I’m John Kloosterman, currently a computer science and philosophy student at Calvin College. Among other things, I am an editor and web developer for Calvin’s student paper, the Chimes, and a department editor for the ACM student magazine XRDS. I have some of my code available on github. Here are some of the things you can find on my site:
What makes people, including me, enjoy movies and video games that are more violent than we act in real life? Are there moral problems with being entertained by this violence?
We use technology to interact with people in minimal ways, as if they were their input and output. Why do we like to do that?
Computers are good at certain “human” activities, like manufacturing and playing chess or Jeopardy!. I do not think, however, that computers of any kind will be more than tools towards human ends. Here’s why.
I’m all for most new technologies, but not cell phones. Being never absent from your friends means that you do not value their presence when they are actually there.