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Listen Longer 8/1: Issues and Leaders in Technology

August 3, 2015  • Katherine Grygo, Guest Blogger

This past week Aspen Institute Radio focused on our relationship with technology, the history of Twitter, and how smart technology can affect the job market. 

Aspen Institute Radio, our two-hour radio show, airs every Saturday and Sunday on SiriusXM Insight (channel 121). Each episode dives into the topics that inform the world around us. Here in our weekly Listen Longer posts, we’ll recap each episode and show where you can read, watch, and listen to more. Don’t have SirirusXM? Try it free for a month here

Our Relationship with Technology

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The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. One of the things that makes it difficult to connect with ourselves — and thus our creativity, intuition, and wisdom — is our increasing dependence on technology. We are not just distracted by devices, texts, emails, constant notifications, and social media, but addicted to them. At the same time, there is a collective longing to stop living in the shadows and recognize that life is actually shaped from the inside out. Reimagining our relationship with technology can have a transformational impact on our wellbeing, our capacity to tap into our wisdom, and make a difference in the lives of others, and on our ability to truly thrive.

The Huffington Post Founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington discussed retweeting, regramming, and reimagining our relationship with technology.

The Fast Pace of Tech

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In a conversation with Quartz’s Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder Kevin J. Delaney, Twitter co-founder and Super CEO Biz Stone discussed the fast pace of tech and how it can be used for doing good and driving change.

Smart Technology

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Is smart technology the ultimate job repository with unlimited opportunity? Or has smart technology made it more difficult to start and keep a job without it eventually becoming outsourced by low-priced human labor or robots?

Silicon Valley Bureau Chief for Fusion Alexis Madrigal moderated a debate between two experts, author of “The Internet is Not the Answer” and FutureCast Founder Andrew Keen, and Harvard University international law Professor Jonathan Zittrain

Platforms and Networks for Social Impact

Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson discussed platforms and networks for social impact with LinkedIn Corporation Co-Founder Reid Hoffman