SHERRY TURKLE ~ ALONE TOGETHER ~ 2011

~ WE-MFT-A-LFEO ~ We Expect – More From Technology – And – Less From Each Other

~ PAL-TNIS-B-IWA-AO-WMDOTROS ~ People Are Lonely – The Network Is Seductive – But – If We Are – Always On – We May Deny Ourselves The Rewards Of Solitude

~ FG-IN-GR-OCFGFBR ~ Feeling Good – Is No – Golden Rule – One Can Feel Good For Bad Reasons

~ WA-PP-NOT-NWWL-BT-LWWN ~ We Are – Psychologically Programmed – Not Only To – Nurture What We Love – But To – Love What We Nurture

~ AWDO-WMAO ~ As We Distribute Ourselves – We May Abandon Ourselves

~ B-IYS-T-F-F-HAD-I-A-OG-O-VW-TGTBSYN-A-TSYNIOWYFAF ~ But – If You’re Spending – Three – Four – Five – Hours A Day – In – An – Online Game – Or – Virtual World – There’s Got To Be Someplace You’re Not – And – That Someplace You’re Not Is Often With Your Family And Friends

~ NS-PRFLDWT-MFTVTTRW ~ Not Surprisingly – People Report Feeling Let Down When They – Move From The Virtual To The Real World

~ T-TUU-AIPT-FUU-CT-OPTGUMT ~ Technology – Ties Us Up – As It Promises To – Free Us Up – Connectivity Technologies – Once Promised To Give Us More Time

~ ADTEO-WIOORTSTMWD ~ A Danger To Even Ourselves – We Insist On Our Right To Send Text Messages While Driving

~ OBTVAVOOL-WTTTTHUFT-B-TMUBTE-A-EMISOR ~ Overwhelmed By The Volume And Velocity Of Our Lives – We Turn To Technology To Help Us Find Time – But – Technology Makes Us Busier Than Ever – And – Ever More In Search Of Retreat

~ TRTLOOEL-B-IIOUTLWWTL? ~ Technology Reshapes The Landscape Of Our Emotional Lives – But – Is It Offering Us The Lives We Want To Lead?

~ RWRARU;RWPARD ~ Relationships With Robots Are Ramping Up; Relationships With People Are Ramping Down

~ S-OETWMA-DISOHP? ~ So – Of Every Technology We Must Ask – Does It Serve Our Human Purposes?

~ IARMYLI-IIA? ~ If A Robot Makes You Love It – Is It Alive?

~ S-IMSNT-WAR-‘S’-IYHI ~ Soon – It May Seem Natural To – Watch A Robot – “Suffer” – If You Hurt It

~ DOAR-PIA-RF-B-WOBAT-‘C’-WD-LWP-MSO ~ Dependence On A Robot – Presents Itself As – Risk Free – But – When One Becomes Accustomed To – “Companionship” – Without Demands – Life With People – May Seem Overwhelming

~ DOAPIR-IMUSTR-B-IAOUT-DKA ~ Dependence On A Person Is Risky – It Make Us Subject To Rejection – But – It Also Opens Us To – Deeply Knowing Another

~ RC-MSASW-B-ICUTA-CW-TLASAMTM ~ Robotic Companionship – May Seem A Sweet Deal – But – It Consigns Us To A – Closed World – The Lovable As Safe And Made To Measure

~ DWHPFTJ? ~ Don’t We Have People For These Jobs?

~ FIVB-AI-HWITSB-AMVOP-A-AP-ES-VOM ~ From Its Very Beginnings – Artificial Intelligence – Has Worked In This Space Between – A Mechanical View Of People – And – A Psychological – Even Spiritual – View Of Machines

~ WARHOG-HOE-MUTTTRIIIU-WTH-WFAPFDC-WWITH ~ When A Robot Holds Our Gaze – Hardwiring Of Evolution – Makes Us Think That The Robot Is Interested In Us – When That Happens – We Feel A Possibility For Deeper Connection – We Want It To Happen

~ CM ~ Caring Machines

~ ‘C’-MTMW-TCOU-NTTW-CAU ~ “Caring” – Meant That Machines Would – Take Care Of Us – Not That They Would – Care About Us

~ ITEATB-UW-WSTDTJBR-IINDTWTTIOA-RO-ICAMA-D-CF-TSLLMTSW-TIOA-RB-BLT ~ If The Elderly Are Tended By – Underpaid Workers – Who Seem To Do Their Jobs By Rote – It Is Not Difficult To Warm To The Idea Of A – Robot Orderly – If Children Are Minded At – Day-Care Facilities – That Seem Like Little More Than Safe Warehouses – The Idea Of A – Robot Babysitter – Becomes Less Troubling

~ AO ~ Always On

~ OWROFTF-O-P/M/U-L-A-B-R-A-NL-DT-WBLWT-GOTATAC ~ Once We Remove Ourselves From The Flow – Of – Physical / Messy / Untidy – Life – And – Both – Robotics – And – Networked Life – Do That – We Become Less Willing To – Get Out There And Take A Chance

~ TNSOTS:TAMA ~ The New State Of The Self: Tethered And Marked Absent

~ WHMF-M-T-T-M-L ~ We Have Moved From – Multi-Tasking – To – Multi-Lifing

~ O-F-T-F-C-ARIB-ICATM ~ Our – Face-To-Face Conversations – Are Routinely Interrupted By – Incoming Calls And Text Messages

~ IT-NE-TAFTIFOYTAAMPORTAT-HBCTTN ~ In The – New Etiquette – Turning Away From Those In Front Of You To Answer A Mobile Phone Or Respond To A Text – Has Become Close To The Norm

~ RF-DTBB-W/F/P/R-DB-A-TAU-E-ATT-WAQTCT-CPOAT-TKNRFTAHLITS ~ Rituals For – Demarcating The Boundaries Between – Work / Family / Play / Relaxation – Demarcations Blur – As – Technology Accompanies Us – Everywhere – All The Time – We Are Too Quick To Celebrate The – Continual Presence Of A Technology – That Knows No Respect For Traditional And Helpful Lines In The Sand

~ TSTTAPAAT-I-VTSIAO ~ The Self That Treats A Person As A Thing – Is – Vulnerable To Seeing Itself As One

~ GUT ~ Growing Up Tethered

~ IWCB-CIT-NTBCIT-DNSAPOAPBAATWTA-IBTN ~ If We Can Be – Continually In Touch – Needing To Be Continually In Touch – Does Not Seem A Problem Or A Pathology But An Accommodation To What Technology Affords – It Becomes The Norm

~ B-OC-TANF-THB-‘F’-T-MATDITW ~ But – Of Course – They Are Not Friends – They Have Been – “Friended” – That – Makes All The Difference In The World

~ IS-WDRTW-B-HTSTTOOT-B-IYPIAWY-SSCLSLH ~ In Solitude – We Don’t Reject The World – But – Have The Space To Think Our Own Thoughts – But – If Your Phone Is Always With You – Seeking Solitude Can Look Suspiciously Like Hiding

~ I-SC-WB-C-A-ICBHTRTAL-LOS-MFB-BTN-T-SBB ~ In – Simulation Culture – We Become – Cyborg – And – It Can Be Hard To Return To Anything Less – Life On The Screen – Moves From Being – Better Than Nothing – To – Simply Being Better

~ O-IBMDTTWMCFP-BWHTOTSLT-ATE-A-TEIIS-WWSLP-WAPLSWH-PTAI ~ Online – It Becomes More Difficult To Tell Which Messages Come From Programs – Because We Have Taught Ourselves To Sound Like Them – At The Extreme – And – The Extreme Is In Sight – When We Sound Like Programs – We Are Perhaps Less Shocked When They – Propose Themselves As Interlocutors

~ W-PCA-TANT-B-EITAT ~ When – People Create Avatars – They Are Not Themselves – But – Express Important Truths About Themselves

~ TCOS ~ The Cruelty Of Strangers

~ A-DNPUF-EI ~ Anonymity – Does Not Protect Us From – Emotional Investment

~ O-TFST-DSD-I-DTCTNA-T-SSAR ~ Often – The First Step Toward – Doing Something Different – Is – Developing The Capacity To Not Act – To – Stay Still And Reflect

~ HAS ~ Hide And Stalk

~ WP-TWY-PM-TH-CAC-WP-HYSNA-Y-HETD ~ When People – Tamper With Your – Physical Mail – They Have – Committed A Crime – When People – Hack Your Social-Networking Account – You – Have Explaining To Do

~ ES-BTFSN-TTSSTD-U-AMOC ~ Electronic Shadow – Begins To Feel So Natural – That The Shadow Seems To Disappear – Until – A Moment Of Crisis

~ A-OC-WAIIC-ECBTIAI ~ And – Of Course – When All Information Is Collected – Everyone Can Be Turned Into An Informer

~ WMOT-AT-IT-MASU ~ We Make Our Technologies – And They – In Turn – Make And Shape Us

~ TGUMAMO-WWTWW ~ Technology Gives Us More And More Of – What We Think We Want

~ WHI-IAET-AY-WHATTDU-WDB-WWROTIIWWD-HTKTB-WSHB ~ We Have Invented – Inspiring And Enhancing Technologies – And Yet – We Have Allowed Them To Diminish Us – We Deserve Better – When We Remind Ourselves That It Is We Who Decide – How To Keep Technology Busy – We Shall Have Better

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