Nicholas Carr is the author of the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, as well as The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us. His new book, Utopia is Creepy, is a sliver of his vast collection of blog posts archived at RoughType.com, as well as some twitterings and magazine articles. Carr is a huge influence on my own work, especially his writings on technology’s effects on the very thing it promises: to connect us. In the process much is being lost and many are alienated. This is in part what we discussed in this podcast, along with how GPS takes away our sense of agency, the loss of physicality when we’re always connected, and how social media strips away our ability to develop compassion and empathy.
Theme song: ‘Ajnabee’ by EarthRise SoundSystem.