RETHINKING TECHNOLOGY… OR BECOME THE TOOL OF OUR TOOLS
A Silicon Valley Symposium
On Sunday, April 26, AHIMSA, in association with the Interfaith Center at the Presidio of San Francisco, ServiceSpace.org, and the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, presented a symposium exploring the effects of the Digital Revolution on people at work, at home, at school and on the road.
A panel of Silicon Valley insiders met to consider both the opportunities and threats presented by the Digital Revolution.
Among the topics:
- Do you ever feel as if our tools have become our masters, and that we must constantly adapt ourselves to their demands?
- In an information-based society, do notions like values, meaning, virtue and even wisdom have any place?
- If we really are becoming the tools of our tools, maybe the fault – and the solution – lies not with our tools but with ourselves. Maybe it’s time to rethink technology…. as if people matter.
Rahul Brown - Entrepreneur, Business Development
Karl Dobrinich - Small business owner, non-profit consultant
Tom Foremski - Journalist, ‘Silicon Valley Watcher’
Nina Horne - Policy, Strategy, Public Good
Tapan Parikh - Professor, UC-Berkeley School of Information
Richard Whittaker - Writer, Artist, Publisher
Tom Mahon - Convener, Author, and forty-year Silicon Valley veteran
From the audience:
Rev. Dr. Dorsey Odell Blake
Professor Muriel Parenteau
Take the 21-Day “Mindful Technology” Challenge:
Four-Steps to a Healthier Relationship with Technology:
German-Russian Forum, Berlin, 14 May 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCoVLpQxaJw
Dialogue of Civilizations Forum 2014, Rhodes, Greece, “Pursuing Sanity in a Digital Tsunami: Be Calm; Be Kind”: October 2-4, 2014: http://wpfdc.org/blog/society/19216-pursuing-sanity-in-a-digital-tsunami-be-calm-be-kind
Dialogue of Civilizations Forum 2012, Rhodes, Greece, “Notes From One Returned From the Land of Gloom”, Oct 3-8, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA1FPP9_24g
“The Tools of Our Tools”: http://www.dailygood.org/story/802/tools-of-our-tools-and-what-to-do-about-it-tom-mahon/
“Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us”: http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/8.04/joy.html
“AO (Acronym Overload)”, Electronic Engineering Times, Tom Mahon, http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1319922
“The Rise of Social Networking Sites Has Led to Changes in the Nature of Our Social Relationships”: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140703102510.htm
“Some Radical New Economic Systems Will Emerge from Collapse of Capitalism”: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/nov/07/radical-new-economic-system-will-emerge-from-collapse-of-capitalism
“Scientists have concerns about AI”: http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/artificial-intelligence-experts-sign-open-letter-to-protect-mankind-from-machines/
“Unease for What Microsoft’s HoloLens Will Mean for Our Screen-Obsessed Lives”: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/business/media/unease-for-what-microsofts-hololens-will-mean-for-our-screen-obsessed-lives.html?src=me&_r=0
“Tech Giants Invest in New Dreams of Grandeur”: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/25/tech-giants-invest-in-new-dreams-of-grandeur/?ref=business
“New social media study investigates relationships among Facebook use, narcissism and empathy”: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140703102510.htm