About my guest
Tom Chatfield is a tech philosopher and author of five books exploring digital culture, including How to Thrive in the Digital Age and Netymology. He also creates and designs content for games, apps and interactive media, including the award-winning game The End.
As a consultant and designer, Tom is interested in improving our experiences of digital technology, and in better understanding its use in policy, education and engagement. Past collaborators include Google, the BBC and Channel 4 Education to name a few.
He speaks and broadcasts around the world on technology, the arts and media. Tom’s appearances include TED Global, Cannes Lions Festival and the World Congress as well as many more.
During the podcast, you will learn
- About ‘intimate technology’ and our relationship with it in a digital age
- How rich two-way relationships with digital tools and services should work
- Why default settings become default habits
- Examples of interventions, interruptions and tips to deal with tech dependencies
- How to use technology to set you free rather than ensnare you
- What one of the most powerful things about digital culture is
- The problem with lifehacks or ‘taking a holiday from reality’
- Why time is the best filter
- How to balance freedom to do things with the freedom from things
- About agency, paradox of choice and our diminishing ability to choose well
- To what extent our time and attention is being undervalued online
- About the ethics and politics of systems design
- About the fallacy of mistaking a part for the whole
- Why digital natives want tech to be messy
- About the evolution of social signalling and technology etiquette
And much more!
Resources mentioned on the show
TED Talk: ted.com/talks/tom_chatfield_7_ways_games_reward_the_brain
Live this Book – Tom Chatfield
Netymology – Tom Chatfield
How to Thrive in the Digital Age – Tom Chatfield
Fun Inc.: Why games are the 21st Century’s most serious business – Tom Chatfield
New Selected Poems 1988-2013 – Seamus Heaney