Talk To Me: Conversation in the Digital Age

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 7:30 pm
Venue: Nourse Theater

Series: Conversations on Science

In a world where our devices keep us in near constant communication, have we lost the ability to have meaningful face-to-face conversations? Clinical psychologist, author, and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over thirty years. Her recent book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, looks at the adverse effects of technology on society through investigations of how we find ways around conversation at work, at home, in politics, and in love.. Based on five years of research and interviews in homes, schools, and the workplace, Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us. Turkle is a professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT. Her past books include Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other and The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit. Sherry Turkle will be in conversation with Jacob Ward, science and technology correspondent for Al Jazeera America.