Think technology is tearing us apart? WRONG.
[W]hat I discovered in the course of my reporting was something quite different. As traditional family structures are falling apart for working-class men, many of them are forging new kinds of relationships: two old high-school friends who chat so many times a day that they need to buy themselves walkie-talkies; a father who texts his almost-grown sons as he goes to bed at night and as he wakes up in the morning.
Christians often talk about a “God-shaped hole,” a need inside us that can be filled only by faith. But perhaps we share a “family-shaped hole.” When the old structures recede for men, they find ways to replace them with alternative attachments, bonds with one or two people that offer the warmth and intimacy typically provided by a wife or significant other. If anything, these improvised families can prove more intense because they are formed under duress and, lacking a conventional domestic routine or a recognized status, they must be constantly tended and reinforced.
From this Atlantic article: Murder by Craigslist
What's interesting about this, is the technology that facilitates these intimate familiar relationships. Based on my recent research on the Future of Intimacy, this is going to happen more and more. I think this is a GREAT thing, so my team and I have submitted a panel to SXSW to share our findings.
As the technology becomes a natural augmentation of our physical relationships, virtual interactions are becoming less of a substitute for physical proximity and rather a mechanism to extend and augment intimacy (play/engagement/closeness) between humans and machines.
Humans are drawn to create and sustain intimate connections with each other. This goes beyond a partner sex bond and includes close friends, family and work colleagues. Technology will increasingly facilitate and strengthen these deep human emotional bonds.
These deep intimate connections are not limited to human to human subjects. Technology will also facilitate deep connection with machines, computers, devices and sensors embedded in our world.
- How is technology is increasing human intimacy and connection?
- What is the technology facilitating human to human and human to machine intimacy today?
- What technology can we expect to facilitate human to human and human to machine intimacy in the near future?
- What are the implications of increased intimacy through technology use? For couples/individuals? For groups/communities? For machines? For our world?
- Why is an increased literacy of technology facilitated intimacy important to solve today's wicked problems and save the world?
Our all-star team includes
- Heather Schlegel The Purple Tornado
- Carl Hastrich Biomimicry Institute
- Zahra Ebrahim archiTEXT
- Karen Oikonen Kerr Smith Design