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Sherry Turkle - Participant

Sherry Turkle, a social scientist and licensed clinical psychologist, has been studying people’s relationships with technology since the early personal computer movement in the late 1970s. She is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.

Turkle is the author of five books and three edited collections, including four landmark studies on our relationship with digital culture: The Second Self, Life on the Screen, Alone Together, and most recently, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist and has applied those skills to the study of what are our optimal relationships with simulation and screens. She has edited three books on our lives with objects: Evocative Objects, Falling for Science, and The Inner History of Devices. In Simulation and its Discontents, Turkle explores the costs when we choose to live so much of our lives (in work and play) in artificial worlds.

A recipient of a Guggenheim and Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, she is a featured media commentator, a recipient of a Harvard Centennial Medal, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Background

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology