Episode from the podcastThe Art of Asking Everything

Sherry Turkle: Is Technology Killing Our Hearts?

Released Wednesday, 14th April 2021
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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 MIT, and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.

Sherry studies psychoanalysis and human-technology interaction. In books such as, “The Second Self,” “Life on the Screen,” and “Alone Together,” Sherry focuses on the psychology of human relationships with technology.

Sherry’s 2012 TED Talk is entitled, “Connected, but alone?”

Her latest book is an autobiography called, "The Empathy Diaries." In it, Sherry reflects on growing up in Brooklyn and Rockaway, New York, navigating academia as a woman in the 1960’s and 70’s, and reconnecting with her estranged father as an adult.

We talked about being difficult women, how Marvin Minsky hates Bambi, defiance in thought, vulnerability in tech, how brilliant ideas launder bad behavior, and radical humility.

Buy "The Empathy Diaries"


Watch her TED Talk, “Connected, but alone?”


Follow Sherry on Twitter and IG @STurkle

For more visit sherryturkle.mit.edu

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