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Live Q&A with Sherry Turkle: How has digital technology changed the kind of communications you have with your friends, family & co-workers?

This Live conversation with TED speaker Sherry Turkle will open on April 12th, 2pm EDT.

How has digital technology changed the kind of communications you have with your friends, family & co-workers?

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Closing Statement from Sherry Turkle

This has been a wonderful experience for me. I get to see how many people view my talk, but not what they are thinking. So hearing what you are thinking was great! And it sounds like a lot of people are struggling to balance conversation with connection and actually becoming better at sensing the difference. I’m optimistic. And I like it that people are actively thinking about how to create real spaces at home and work to pay more attention to each other, to really listen to each other. Thank you.

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  • Apr 12 2012: Hi Sherry, I have just watched your talk, I do believe there is a definitive movement away from face to face conversation to just a connection, I too am one of those people who have embraced technology and now I would rather text and email rather than converse. As an architectural student writing a masters’ dissertation at the moment and I am particularly interested in how digital technologies are having an impact on architecture and our built environment. I am interested to understand how this is affecting society, how it’s changing our interactions, I feel it offers many a deeper perception of freedom. I love the idea of sacred spaces you talk about, before listening to your view I believed our public spaces within cities should embrace digital technologies to be “fully connected” but now I am left wondering if we actually require sacred spaces within cities to encourage face to face conversations?
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      Apr 12 2012: Dear Kieran . . . I actually wrote a book on your topic. Check out Simulation and its Discontents! I write a bit about the results in Alone Together. Architects and simulation is one of my favorite themes.
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      Apr 12 2012: Kieran, lots of people live balanced lives......make an effort to have more face to face.....please!

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