Hosting a weekly radio show, I have the privilege of speaking with creators and thinkers on the edges of where tech is headed. (My show, Techtonic, is a weekly live radio show on WFMU, 91.1 FM in New York on Mondays at 6pm Eastern. You can also get it as the weekly Techtonic podcast.)
Recent topics I've covered:
Tech addiction: Earlier this month I spoke with Nir Eyal, the bestselling author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, the "book with the yellow cover" that I've written about before. (Click "pop-up player" on this page to listen, or find it in the podcast.)
Nir and I had a friendly conversation, though not without disagreement, about what we should think about tech addiction – indeed, whether it even exists on broad scale. Nir reassured me that only a small percentage of people are actually addicted, and besides, Facebook is benign. "It's not heroin," after all. Nir suggested that the best way to guard against addiction is to read his book. Really, listen to the interview - it was fun. It's here or in the podcast.
Net Neutrality: My Nov 27 show focused on net neutrality, which of course has since been voted down by the FCC. Scroll down on the playlist page to see resources both pro- and con- on the issue. I am firmly pro-Net Neutrality, but - especially in a divisive, polarized moment - I think it's important to try to see the other side and have civil conversations (see above).
Google's neural implant and many other possible tech developments came up in my conversation this week with Steven Levy, technology journalist and author. Click "pop-up player" on the playlist page or find it in the podcast. (Steven is also pro-net neutrality, and he describes why in the interview.)
Skeptech 2 report!
Watch the Skeptech 2 video here. To follow up on my previous post – Tech has a disturbing new direction – which announced my second Skeptech conference in October: we had a great time at the event. Author Jon Ronson, Crisis Text Line CEO Nancy Lublin, and comedian Aparna Nancherla all gave stellar talks. And now there's a video with highlights from the evening, interspersed with some tech-rants from your humble host.
Other Creative Good news
We've had a great fall at Creative Good, with...
• Brisk sales of my book Customers Included – perhaps teams are beginning to return to the idea of listening to customers as humans, and not just data points?
• A new mobile video game we developed for a media client, based on in-person listening labs we conducted across North America. (Great project. Drop a line if your team needs research.. or a game!)
• Presentations and workshops for Columbia Business School, NYU Stern School of Business, a private legal summit, and various companies. If you have a conference or event coming up, and want an engaging and thought-provoking experience for attendees, drop a line.
All of us at Creative Good wish you a very happy holiday! See you next year.