MIT technology and society specialist Professor Sherry Turkle talks about her book ‘Alone Together,’ after spending fifteen years exploring our lives on the digital terrain. Based on interviews with hundreds of children and adults, she visits the RSA to describe new, unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, parents and children, and new instabilities in how we understand privacy and community, intimacy and solitude."
Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauze professor of the social studies of science and technology and the director of the Initiative on Technology and Self Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a clinical psychologist who has spent the last 30 years researching the psychology of people's relationships with technology. Her many books include a trilogy on digital technology and human relationships: The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit; Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet; and most recently, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other. Turkle's investigations span from the early days of personal computers to our current world of robotics, artificial intelligence, social networking, and mobile connectivity.