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Disconnect — the problem of the future

By Natasha Sayce-Zelem
Oct 25, 2017
Image credit: Samsung VR expo, 2016

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The founding editor of WIRED Magazine, Kevin Kelly, once said; ‘The problem of the future will not be that we cannot connect – it will be that we cannot disconnect’.

Samsung VR expo, 2016
Samsung VR expo, 2016

Technology is essential in our lives – the trouble is that, once connected, it is easy to get addicted to that connection. We now live in an ‘attention economy,’ where technologies win by maximising the amount of our time and attention they capture. In South Korea, internet addiction is actually considered to be as big a health threat as alcoholism.

How we get an analogue/digital balance to match our work-life balance in an era where the 9 to 5 day is increasingly being eroded. Hear from three great speakers exploring this topic in different ways.