In April 2010, Intel anthropologist Genevieve Bell told CHI conference attendees that spirituality was one of the three most important "underexplored" areas of human-computer interaction research. Bell's words motivated me to follow up on an experience I had had some years earlier, and in the autumn of 2012 I moved across the Atlantic and began a Ph.D. in design research at Northumbria University. I started by reviewing ACM's HCI literature on techno-spirituality, analyzing the gaps between its coverage and the apps I found in an in-depth search of the iOS App Store. Mark Blythe and I examined my findings…
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