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Living with the dead; Where automation is taking us

April 6th, 2015

Episode 163 of 510 episodes

The finality of death in Western society is not universally shared across cultures. In fact, this attitude is in a minority and it has been far more common to consider death as a transition where the dead can still have a role to play as part of a social group and need not be hidden away and stigmatised. What are the hidden costs of granting software dominion over our work and our leisure? Even as they bring ease to our lives, are computerprograms stealing something essential from us, or can we use it to expand the human experience? Nicholas Carr has written an historical and philosophical approach to our relationship with technology.

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