The Future of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World
An insightful exploration of what social media, AI, robot technology, and the digital world are doing to our relationships with each other and with ourselves.
There’s no doubt that technology has made it easier to communicate. It’s also easier to shut someone out when we are confronted with online discourse. Why bother to understand strangers—or even acquaintances—when...more
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The author begins by examining how empathy can be used in different contexts and how using technology we could increase that empathy. As the book moves on, ...more
A good book. The thing that sums up the book for me the quote "what many of us consider science fiction, the technology for is or very soon will be a reality ".
What is highlighted in this book the state of empathy. How as humans we seem to be losing it, and machines are constantly being built to be more empathetic. However is machine empathy the same thing we feel as a connection to another person, or is it used to further divide/manipulate us by the corporations/people behind ...more
I appreciated Phillips's journey through a variety of areas of technology and the current movement toward utilizing these technologies in a more humanized, empathetic way. For the most part, ...more
Don’t avoid this book because you’re worried that it will be dull because the author has a Phd. Non-medical doctors are people, too, and some of them are witty and entertaining. And what we call “technology” is simply another wrinkle in the on-going development of the human race. It isn’t inherently good or evil and many of the “new” problems it presents are actually age-old and were being hashed out by philosophers centuries ago.
I think it’s a lively read because the ...more
Empathy is a terminology used in the book to define what a good thing is or what we are trying to achieve. It is NOT a book that provides an insight into the emotion itself. I would have had a better expectation if the title was "How social media, AI, ...more
So, this book starts off with a lot about empathy - its nature, its origins, its apparent decline, etc. - then about the negative effects of modern technology, especially social media, on human empathy. But then, much of the rest of the book is surprisingly optimistic and positive - mostly about ideas to use technology to *build* empathy rather than degrade it. I'm not sure I share the optimism, but it was interesting, ...more
The author's journalism serves us well and her personal engagement with tech is an interesting lens. Thought-provoking, how pervasive tech is and how advanced without most of us realizing. I'm not sure her definition of empathy was nuanced enough, and there seems to be complex answers to whether tech is, or can be, empathetic. Good conversation starter!
The author seamlessly weaves between discussion of the impact our increasing immersion in technology has on people with ways technology can be used to improve empathy in society. The result is a sense of hope that we have not lost our collective empathy and we can potentially use ...more
Best part of book: The analogy of current society's tech and social media use with past society's fervour for smoking.
Worst part of book: The rest.