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Sherry Turkle

Facebook's Highest Purpose: Talking To The Dead?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.17.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Forget trips to the psychic. Increasingly, Facebook has become our conduit for talking to the dearly departed.

Have We Been Digitally Seduced Beyond Comprehension?

Martin O’Leary | Posted 07.09.2014 | Technology
Martin O’Leary

For a digital junkie, today's world is the equivalent of waking up in Mr Wonka's Chocolate Factory as a repressed chocoholic.

Small Talk Is Dead and That's Going to Cost Us

Alissa Fleck | Posted 02.09.2014 | Technology
Alissa Fleck

We may be inclined to think, naively, our society as a whole is increasing its efficiency by eliminating the instances that bring about small talk, but this part of daily existence is more important than we could imagine.

To What End Are We Connecting the World?

Chris Hoofnagle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Chris Hoofnagle

The Circle joins Gary Shteyngart's hilarious Super Sad True Love Story in its prediction of the kind of world we might get to live in if we continue to outsource our data and decisions about it to Silicon Valley's technocrats.

Complexity, Intelligence, And How To Ignore The Meaning Of Life

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 06.14.2013 | TED Weekends
Illah Nourbakhsh

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhether we enter a robot utopia, a robot smog or somewhere in between, we will close the gap between robotically aware and organically alive. Do we create new life forms, as Jansens suggests of his progeny?

Cultivating Screen Sense and Stress Reduction in a Digital Age

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Technology is wonderful -- I'm a big advocate of its strengths. At the same time, we're just in the courting stages with it, feeling it out and learning what the best way to relate to it is. In doing this, we can develop greater "screen sense."

FOMO: Affliction, or Lust for Life?

Julie Danis | Posted 12.02.2012 | Fifty
Julie Danis

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is quite different from FONBATR, the Fear of Never Being Able to Retire, which is an affliction many of the 50-plus-year-olds attending this ideas festival/policy-wonk conference are experiencing. But it doesn't mean we don't experience FOMO, too.

The Trouble with iComm

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 09.15.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Long ago, we gave up talking in favor of typing. You have to ask: What is it we're avoiding?

Talented Newbies

George Heymont | Posted 08.10.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

No one expects a teenager to suddenly be hailed as the next Mozart or Martin Scorsese. But, as three films screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival clearly demonstrate, an impressive new generation of filmmakers is starting to deliver some very exciting work.

Notes From My (Book)shelf: Week of April 23, 2012

Roxanne Coady | Posted 06.24.2012 | Books
Roxanne Coady

Since there is an astonishing amount of information out there, I thought it might be fun to share with you items I have noticed, learned or was curious about in the past week.

Education Unplugged: Learning Through Conversation

Michael Roth | Posted 06.23.2012 | College
Michael Roth

One of the wonderful things about teaching through conversation is that we get to help our students unplug from the inputs they have customized to reinforce their own tastes, expectations and identities.

Can You Unplug for 24 Hours?

Heidi Sinclair | Posted 05.22.2012 | Technology
Heidi Sinclair

By letting technology into our lives in an unbounded fashion, we are not only losing the art of conversation, we are losing our emotional lives. The answer is putting the technology in its place. It is time for all of us to unplug for one day.

Mating With a Machine? Maybe It's Not a Cop Out

Claudia Ricci | Posted 09.12.2011 | Technology
Claudia Ricci

Given a choice between a man who brutalizes and murders, and a robot, I would opt for the robot in a heartbeat.

The Lost Art of Staring into Space

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Elizabeth Benedict

At a bakery near my apartment last Sunday, I watched a girl, about 10 years old, eat a cupcake and try to get her mother's attention, but Mom had eyes and fingers only for her iPhone.

How Internet Tools Emphasize Our Priorities

Dyane Jean François | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dyane Jean François

To say that the internet turns people into loners would be slander against this passive technology.

Message To Facebook: I'm Taking Back My Happiness

Amy Gutman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amy Gutman

Facebook: Good or bad? Is it nurturing our families and communities by bringing us closer together? Or is it a dangerous threat -- a technology that fosters isolation, anxiety and narcissism?

A Rare Letter From a Gifted Ethnographer to Her Born-Digital Daughter

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

With her newest book, Alone Together (Basic Books), Sherry Turkle, the ethnographer of people's relationship with technology, completes a trilogy begun with The Second Self in 1984.

Alone Together: Interviewing Sherry Turkle and Michael Bugeja.

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Giles Slade

Sherry Turkle. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other. (New York, Basic Books, 2011): $28.95. 384 pages. Michael...

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Asks Sherry Turkle

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Sherry Turkle, MIT professor and author of the new book "Alone Together," told Stephen Colbert "we have to put technology in its place" on "The Colber...

Electronics Changes Books, Bookstores and Publishing for Christmas 2009

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Giles Slade

On the day before Christmas, I realized I didn't have a present for my friend, Tom Harapnuik, who'd given me a copy of Mark Bauerlein's The Dumbest Ge...