Is the compulsive attention that people pay to their mobile devices distorting personal relationships and social norms? Professor Sherry Turkle believes that the time is ripe for widespread rethinking of the way we communicate through technology.
Turkle, the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, is an expert on mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics, and writes on the “subjective side” of people’s relationships with technology, especially computers.
Turkle will offer her thoughts on the growth of the digital world, the changes it has brought to contemporary lives, and take questions from the worldwide MIT community via video chat on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, from Noon to 12:30 p.m. ET.
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Sherry Turkle is an Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society. She received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist.
Profiles of Turkle have appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, and Wired. Ms. Magazine named her a “1984 Woman of the Year” and she was named one of the “Forty Under Forty Changing the Nation” by Esquire. A featured media commentator on the social and psychological effects of technology for CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the BBC, and NPR, Turkle has appeared on Nightline, Frontline, 20/20, and The Colbert Report.
2012 TED Talk: Connected, but alone?
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (2012)
Simulation and Its Discontents (2009)
The Inner History of Devices (2008)
Falling for Science: Objects in Mind (2008)
Evocative Objects: Things We Think With (2007)
Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (1995)
The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (1984)
Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud’s French Revolution (1978)