On February 3rd, Sherry Turkle, a professor in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, participated in a webinar discussion with UNO’s Erin Bass, Associate Professor of Management and James R. Schumacher Chair of Ethics. Professor Turkle, who has devoted her career to better understanding how technology use affects humans, addressed the perils, along with some opportunities, presented by our widespread reliance on technology during the era of social distancing.
The author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other and the New York Times bestselling Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Professor Turkle emphasized that even though so many of us have grown up with computers as a major part of our lives, computers are, historically speaking, very young. In short, we’re still figuring out how to live with them. In her forthcoming book, The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir, she conveys her thoughts on the impact of computers on human feeling, using her personal story to do so.
About Sherry Turkle
Professor Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT, and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Professor Turkle writes on the “subjective side” of people’s relationships with technology, especially computers. She is the author of six books, including Alone Together and the New York Times bestseller Reclaiming Conversation, as well as the editor of three collections. A Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year, a TED speaker, and featured media commentator, she is a recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Humanities fellowships and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her forthcoming book, The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir, available March 2, 2021, ties together her personal story with her groundbreaking research on technology, empathy, and ethics.
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