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The Fear Of Missing Out

June 20, 2016


Interview with Kasey Wallis, author of the book Far Reaching Parameters




Mike Carruthers:

Fomo it’s a real word in the oxford English dictionary. Fomo is the fear of missing out.


Kasey Wallis:

It’s a very real phenomenon especially for those who are truly addicted to the mobile devices and they are constantly engaged in an ongoing news feed.


Kasey Wallis

What's Next For The Internet

April 27, 2016


Interview with AOL Founder Steve Case, author of the book The Third Wave




Mike Carruthers:
In the late 1980’s when America Online was first starting up that was the first wave of the internet.


Steve Case:
It seems crazy now but back then only 3% of people were online and the 3% were only online 1 hour a week.

Steve Case

Our Electronics Culture

April 12, 2016


Interview with Thomas Cooper, PhD author of the book Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload




Mike Carruthers:
Technology has changed our lives but that change is not all good for all people, for some it has become an addiction.


Thomas Cooper PhD:
People unable to leave their cell phone, to leave their hand held device, people unable to stop watching sports every night, those kinds of media addictions allow us to become the first culture to spend more time with machines than with each other.

Thomas Cooper, PhD

How Technology Changes Our Lives

March 18, 2016


Interview with Jason Ohler, author of the book Digital Community, Digital Citizen




Mike Carruthers:
Ever since the dawn of the age of cellphones people have complained that they are a big distraction.


Jason Ohler:
Well I think most people have that visceral experience where they’re talking to somebody and a text comes in and they say, “I gotta take this.”

Jason Ohler

Technology & Social Isolation

February 25, 2016


Interview with Martin Lindstrom, author of the book Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends




Mike Carruthers:
Compared to previous generations we are more socially isolated today, which is really contrary to what humans need.


Martin Lindstrom:
We as human beings are fairly simple. We want to be recognized, we want to have a physical interaction with people we want to feel a sense of belonging. And if suddenly this goes out of balance we start to seek any solution for filling that gap.

Martin Lindstrom

The Good And Evil Of The Internet

December 24, 2015

Interview with William Davidow, author of the book OVERCONNECTED: The Promise and Threat of the Internet




Mike Carruthers:
Few people would argue that the Internet has tremendous benefits.


William Davidow:
But it also made the financial crisis of 2008 much worse, it was involved in Wiki Leaks, it is involved in the loss of our privacy.


William Davidow

Preventing Hackers From Stealing Your Data

November 16, 2015


Interview with Dr. Tim Summers of




Mike Carruthers:
Hackers love the holidays. This time of year there are a lot of ways they can get you to let them into your computer so they can steal your data.


Dr. Tim Summers:
It’s the holidays hackers know that you’re going to be traveling. So they may send you an email that has an attachment that looks like a flight itinerary. You’re very likely to click on that because you’re thinking it’s from Delta.

Dr. Timothy Summers

What's Next in Technology?

August 31, 2015


Interview with John Markoff, author of the book Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots




Mike Carruthers:
How we interact with technology has changed dramatically and will likely tend to do so.


John Markoff:
Where I live and work in San Francisco half the population, I swear to you, is walking around looking down at their palm at their smart phone. I mean they’re just everywhere that can’t be the final stage of human evolution.

John Markoff

How Technology Affects Jobs

August 12, 2015


Interview with Geoff Colvin, author of the book Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will




Mike Carruthers:
As technology allows more and more jobs to be done by machines many people worry that their job is next.


Geoff Colvin:
What’s happening is what technology has always done. Which is revalue skills, some skills become less valuable and some are becoming more valuable.

Geoff Colvin

Internet Problems

February 2, 2015


Interview with Andrew Keen, author of the book The Internet Is Not the Answer




Mike Carruthers:
The Internet allows us to do so many things we could never do before but that’s not to say there aren’t some problems.


Andrew Keen:
The Internet was supposed to be all about innovation and disruption but having disrupted the old economy we actually have larger monopolies and less competition.

Andrew Keen

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