Why Smarter Technologies Are Bad for Society
Creating and consuming in the digital age is detrimental to our social capacities
Media theorist and author Douglas Rushkoff asks the audience at PSFK 2015 to dispute the technological marketplace as it exists today. There’s a role reversal that’s happening with our technologies that Rushkoff argues render us more anti-social rather than enable us to be better communicators.
The current experience of delivering and receiving a live presentation is radically different from that experience in the past. When TED first originated, the speakers were not supposed to prepare their ideas but rather operate on-the-fly. Adversely, an audience today will type frantically from their computer screens, recording every word or concept of a carefully curated speech.