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Humans and Our Phones

Nicholas Carr | 1:00:20

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Nicholas Carr is an acclaimed writer on technology and culture whose books include the Pulitzer Prize finalist, a New York Times bestseller, The Shallows what the internet is doing to our brains. What the internet is doing to our brains is actually rewiring them Cass has pointing to a growing body of research indicating this, while changing the way we read, write and think, and not for the better. 


Nick Carr has written among others for the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times wired nature, the MIT Technology Review, and has been writing his popular rough type technology blog since 2005. His essays have been collected in several anthologies, including the best American science and nature writing, and the best technology writing. He has lectured at MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, Notre Dame Williams College, NASA and the Newberry library, among other schools and institutions. 


The Christian Science Monitor calls his latest book, utopia is creepy, a greatest hits album of pieces poking holes and Silicon Valley's cherry and unremitting vision of our technological future. Cars prime targets are those who believe so fervently in computers and data that they abandoned common sense. cheap digital tools do not make us all the next Fellini or Dylan. Neither Bob nor Thomas. 


Social networks diverting as they may be, are not vehicles for self enlightenment, and likes and retweets are not going to elevate political discourse, a view for which there is ample current evidence. Only by recognizing how technology amplifies our worst, as well as our best traits cost says, can we begin to make better decisions about how we design and use smartphones, social media, and other digital products? Many will recognize Nick's title as derived from Hobbes Leviathan. 


And define May I allowed Hobbes original first word back in life is solitary, nasty, brutish, and short. Earlier today, I mentioned Vonnegut's 1952 novel play a piano. And I'll take another line from that prescient work. Machines have robbed the American people of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So where does that leave us now? Automation deprives individuals of their physical striving. We now pay money to exercise our bodies. 


Mass Communications have ironically, made us more surrounded only by people like us. And now these attractive and addictive machines are apparently reducing our ability to think. So I am delighted to be able to welcome Nick Carr, who will present his talk and titled nasty, brutish, and dumb humans and their phones.


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