hullo - been mulling over AM modern for a good while - nipping ito the forums for inspiration and clarification... some thoughts:
people seem puzzled by high tech - an easy way around it is to treat tech like a dominium.
A mage can use a pooter but not for magic as it is not personalised. You have to scribe documents onto hard copy and learn from handwritten books not programmes. An online site will hold interest and spark ideas but no practical application apart from creating a wealth of ideas.
you can drive a car if you have passed your test - understand physics by reading text books and watching BBC science programmes - but only as a mundane scource of information. Science for scientists please - why would a potential mage spend years on studying jet propulsion when dusty old tomes call out to them..
applying magic to scientific advances in electricity mechanics and radiation have been discussed elsewhere - I suppose the easiest manner to deal with these is to apply magics to the source or conduit. you could fix a flat battery with Au. protect your flesh against a radiation leak with Co or even access an encrypted data file using In (with big penalties)
magic and the houses have withered - there are a great deal of hedge magicians around nowadays with the rise in interest in crystals, wicca and paganism. Voodoo still has a strong following along with numerous world 'local' magic traditions. Recent popular wizarding series have allowed the disbelief in magic to dissapate opening up possibilities, drawing in enquiring minds..
There are still practitioners who have studied tomes through universities and libraries - recognised academics and enthusiasts for the most part who have kept the flame alive. The gifted have been pushing their own boundaries seeking out sources
there are still creatures, vis sources and knowledge to find. These things have a tendancy to avoid the mundane land clearance and adapt. The tree on the green in the new housing estate, books in the British Library or the Vatican archives along with their custodian raise few eyebrows. Victorian Stately gardens are laid out in a formulaic manner..
It's all there.. but just out of sight from those who dont want or need to know. However, creatures have a want to be feared, books call out to be read, fairy rings to be danced in
I recon a mage would need around ten years to learn all of the basics from a comprehensive source - maybe over1000 yrs, arts and form summae have been compiled and condensed - or the beautifully bound collected works of Bonisageous collected dust and then interest..
and then what to do ?