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Happy or Appy? Finding Joy Outside Your Smartphone

These days, it seems we’ve trained our brains to be hyperalert for the next vibration or ding crossing our phones. But when we’re in the company of other people, they deserve our full, undivided attention. Read More ›
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Smiling business colleagues greeting each other outdoors

To Preserve Humanity We Must Reunite One Hello at a Time

Greeting others verbally in public spaces, and when possible using their names, is a small thing. Yet, it can be a catalyst for change, an inspiration to persevere, a reminder of personal worth, an encouragement for the weary. Read More ›
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Shocked happy couple with smartphone reading message, getting surprising unbelievable good news from video call, using mobile phone together, staring at screen in amazement, sitting on couch at home
Shocked happy couple with smartphone reading message, getting surprising unbelievable good news from video call, using mobile phone together, staring at screen in amazement, sitting on couch at home

Are We Really Luddites Just for Logging Off?

The next time someone calls you a Luddite, feel free to smile and tell them that actually, you’re the boss of your technology, not the poor artisan getting sidelined by a greedy factory owner. And if they look at you weird, tell them to read a book about it. Read More ›
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Retired female watching video on computer, delighted to see her grandchildren
Retired female watching video on computer, delighted to see her grandchildren

Need Help With Today’s Technology? Ask Your Elders!

One way to better relate to today’s technology is to get a big picture view. And the only people that can help you do that are those who have lived through more technological advances than you have – your elders! Read More ›
Artificial Intelligence
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It’s Time for an Artificial Intelligence Reality Check

If you’re getting tired of hearing that “strong AI” is just around the corner, you’re not alone. The Stephen Hawkings, Ray Kurzweils, and Elon Musks of the world have been putting humanity on notice with predictions of machines overtaking humans for decades. Read More ›
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Cartoon robot sitting in line with human applicants for a job interview
Cartoon robot sitting in line with human applicants for a job interview

The Limits of Talking to a Machine

Our technology—the machines built with our art and skill—can better humanity in amazing ways. But machines can’t replace our need for each other Read More ›
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Photo of Joyful Fitness Woman 30s in Sportswear Touching Bluetooth Earpod and Holding Mobile Phone, While Resting in Green Park
Photo of Joyful Fitness Woman 30s in Sportswear Touching Bluetooth Earpod and Holding Mobile Phone, While Resting in Green Park

Bluetooth Trackers: What We Lose When We Stop Losing Things

To live is to lose. We’ve all felt the anguish of losing something important — keys, wallet, phone, bags, money, opportunities, loved ones. Loss is part of the human condition. Read More ›