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Smartphone notifications and Facebook newsfeeds have irretrievably changed the very nature of personal interaction. Long before the Internet, texting, and Twitter became a daily force in contemporary life, psychologist and sociologist Sherry Turkle studied the relationship between human beings and technology. Now the director of MIT's Initiative on Technology and Self and the author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, Turkle draws on 30 years of research to explore whether our fascination with technology—and our increasing reliance on its capabilities—are irreparably degrading our appreciation of authentic encounters and human relationships.
This program is generously underwritten by the Aon Corporation.