The Assault on Empathy: The Promise of Artificial Intimacy: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Sherry Turkle

Lecture | February 6 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Graduate Division

Sherry Turkle will present the Hitchcock lectures on February 5 and February 6, 2019. The second lecture is titled "The Assault on Empathy: The Promise of Artificial Intimacy" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About the lecture
Attached to our digital devices, so many of us would rather text than talk, to the point that I have argued a “flight from conversation.” Its appeal: a life that seems friction-free, without the stress of face-to-face conversation and negotiation. It’s a way of life that comes with a view of the good life that has significant psychological, social, and political dimensions.

About Sherry Turkle
Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She has spent the last 30 years examining and studying the psychology of people’s relationships with technology. Trained as a sociologist and a licensed clinical psychologist, she is an expert on culture and therapy, mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics.

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