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Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other

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Speaker(s): Professor Sherry Turkle

Recorded on 2 June 2011 in Old Theatre, Old Building.

Facebook. Twitter. Second Life. "Smart" phones. Robot pets. Robot lovers. Thirty years ago we asked what we would use computers for - now the question is what we don't use them for. In this lecture, MIT technology and society specialist Sherry Turkle issues a wake-up call based on her fifteen year exploration of our lives in the digital realm. She shows how our narcissistic use of technology is fuelling disturbing levels of isolation, leaving us incapable of distinguishing the difference between true human connection and digital communication.

Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, and a licensed clinical psychologist. She is the author of The Second Self and Life on the Screen, which with Alone Together forms a trilogy. Professor Turkle lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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