Staying human in a digital age.

Staying human in a digital age is an ongoing challenge. How do we hang on to being people when surrounded by machines, software and applications? Why should we concern ourselves with this anyway? This board looks at some themes I think are important to consider as we navigate our increasingly digitally focused lives.
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Listen to the BBC broadcast 'VALUE' from the Digital Human. There is a great story about creating value in second hand items using technology and the personal story of the items. An example of using tech to humanize an item for sale.

Listen to the BBC broadcast 'VALUE' from the Digital Human. There is a great story about creating value in second hand items using technology and the personal story of the items. An example of using tech to humanize an item for sale.

This is a poster about families taking a "digital time out" being promoted by Foresters Insurance Company. In my family we try to take tech time-outs, no digital devices at the table during meals, digital devices are powered down and left in the living room at bedtimes etc. We have even tried no-tech Sundays, where we have no technology ALL DAY. Last year we had a two-week digital free vacation in Nova Scotia.

This is a poster about families taking a "digital time out" being promoted by Foresters Insurance Company. In my family we try to take tech time-outs, no digital devices at the table during meals, digital devices are powered down and left in the living room at bedtimes etc. We have even tried no-tech Sundays, where we have no technology ALL DAY. Last year we had a two-week digital free vacation in Nova Scotia.

An article from the Huffington Post with some embedded video clips about the ways in which technology is being used to improve the lives of the poor. Technology has the potential to provide great advances in education for impoverished people, especially children around the world. This is a way to keep human in a digital age.

6 Ways Mobile Technology Has Transformed the World's Poor

An article from the Huffington Post with some embedded video clips about the ways in which technology is being used to improve the lives of the poor. Technology has the potential to provide great advances in education for impoverished people, especially children around the world. This is a way to keep human in a digital age.

Classical choral composer Eric Whitacre provides a great example of the internet being used to further the humanity-tech meld. This is the 4th virtual choir he has conducted to make this beautiful piece of music. A fine example I think of the internet being used to create art in a profound and inclusive way, harnessing the talents of the grassroots.

Classical choral composer Eric Whitacre provides a great example of the internet being used to further the humanity-tech meld. This is the 4th virtual choir he has conducted to make this beautiful piece of music. A fine example I think of the internet being used to create art in a profound and inclusive way, harnessing the talents of the grassroots.

A link to a BBC broadcast (radio) talking about the move to bring tech to the African continent, specifically in Rwanda. This is an example of tech being used for humane purposes to improve the lives of others. This is the real benefit of tech and keeps it in the human realm. Take a few minutes to listen.

A link to a BBC broadcast (radio) talking about the move to bring tech to the African continent, specifically in Rwanda. This is an example of tech being used for humane purposes to improve the lives of others. This is the real benefit of tech and keeps it in the human realm. Take a few minutes to listen.

Sherry Turkle's wise words speak to the concern about being connected and yet alone in this digital age. Watching her speak had more resonance for me than simply reading her words. I share her concerns, especially for the generations to come. Will we loose touch with each other in our drive to become more connected?

Sherry Turkle's wise words speak to the concern about being connected and yet alone in this digital age. Watching her speak had more resonance for me than simply reading her words. I share her concerns, especially for the generations to come. Will we loose touch with each other in our drive to become more connected?

Staying human in the digital age means using technology wisely. There is no humanity in hiding behind tech to defame, mock, or bully others. If you won't say it to someones face, why say it via the internet? And....if they are saying it about you, don't believe everything you read online. As a wise friend told me - "You can only be a doormat if you lay down."

Staying human in the digital age means using technology wisely. There is no humanity in hiding behind tech to defame, mock, or bully others. If you won't say it to someones face, why say it via the internet? And....if they are saying it about you, don't believe everything you read online. As a wise friend told me - "You can only be a doormat if you lay down."

We all start out this way. Small and vulnerable and needing the human touch to grow and learn. Staying human in the digital world means recognizing our own original selves - more grown up and less dependent - still need the human touch we cannot get from the tech-human interface.

We all start out this way. Small and vulnerable and needing the human touch to grow and learn. Staying human in the digital world means recognizing our own original selves - more grown up and less dependent - still need the human touch we cannot get from the tech-human interface.

Technology is a tool. We have invented it to improve our lives, not take over our lives. In order to stay human in a digital world we need to remember that technology is a means to an end, and that end is a better life.

Technology is a tool. We have invented it to improve our lives, not take over our lives. In order to stay human in a digital world we need to remember that technology is a means to an end, and that end is a better life.

Time. It marches on regardless of our choices. Spending time with technology takes us away from other important things, like work, family, fun! The older I get the more aware I become of the ways in which I waste my precious time with technology. I think it's important to ration our tech time and not to forget about what is really important to us.

Time. It marches on regardless of our choices. Spending time with technology takes us away from other important things, like work, family, fun! The older I get the more aware I become of the ways in which I waste my precious time with technology. I think it's important to ration our tech time and not to forget about what is really important to us.

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