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Monday, February 14, 2011

Alone Together

Just reading:  Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, by MIT technology and society prof Sherry Turkle.   She is an anthropologist of the way people use tools in the form of interacting computer devices, from phones to personal robotics.  I have missed her last two books, but this is about a topic that particularly interests me. As we move into the era of the ubiquitous, location-aware, smart mobile device, we need to understand how real human connections can survive and still flourish.   Perhaps augmented by the power of the machine.  But how well?   Good read so far.  Lots of case studies from this short moment in time.    Here is the book's site, where you can get excerpts and buy it.  This excerpt from the introduction is an excellent description of what the book is about.

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