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“Do you need a more balanced tech diet?” asks Tom Chatfield, best-selling author on digital culture

Tom Chatfield speakerWriting for the BBC, best-selling author Tom Chatfield argues that we should strive towards a more balanced tech diet, by reflecting on how much our phones and other digital temptations are ruling our thoughts and attention.

Tom notes that whilst the opportunity to collaborate, learn, share and create in ways is inconceivable to other eras, the temptation to be lured by technology is ever-present. This presents a problems, because your productivity, profit and mental wellbeing are entwined with machines whose agendas don’t always coincide with your own.

Tom reminds us that our “attention is valuable – and tech companies are lining up to turn your time into their money. Don’t make the mistake of pricing yourself too cheaply.”

The article and the associated images are inspired by “Live This Book!” (2015) – Tom’s latest journal asks the reader to put pen to paper, and consider what it means to spend time with the things that truly count in life, love, work and leisure.

Click here to read the full article.

For more information on how to book Tom Chatfield as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.


Dr Tom Chatfield is a British author of six bestselling books, broadcaster and tech philosopher. He has advised many of the world’s leading technology firms, and is currently a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. The latest edition of his book “Netymology: a linguistic celebration of the digital world” was published by Quercus US on 2nd August 2016.


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“Your phone is seducing you, and you’re paying the price” warns leading tech speaker Tom Chatfield [video]

Tom Chatfield speakerWe all know that too much time with tech is bad for the mind, but even resisting temptation is taking its toll on us, warns Tom Chatfield, an expert speaker on the issues presented by the digital age.

Studies have shown time and time again that the very act of resisting temptation takes its toll, which matters a great deal when it comes to technology. Those phantom messages, where you imagine your phone vibrating – that’s your body trying to tell you something.

Tom explains that over half of us now suffer from nomophobia – anxiety of being out of phone contact – and our willpower and attention are suffering as a result. He asserts that to get the most out of your relationship with tech, which by its very design is calibrated to entice, you should therefore spend at least a little time apart.

Tom is interested in improving our experiences and relationship with the digital world. Check out his new paperback, “Live This Book!” (2015), which encourages readers to spend more quality time with the people, ideas and passions that matter most in their life, whilst imparting creative ideas on how to maintain a healthy relationship with technology.

For more information on how to book Tom Chatfield as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.


Dr Tom Chatfield is a British author of six bestselling books, broadcaster and tech philosopher. He has advised many of the world’s leading technology firms, and is currently a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. The latest edition of his book “Netymology: a linguistic celebration of the digital world” was published by Quercus US on 2nd August 2016.


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Read the official preview of “Live This Book!” by Tom Chatfield, a cutting edge thinker and best-selling author on digital culture

Tom ChatfieldLive This Book! - Tom Chatfield, a leading writer, thinker and speaker on technology and digital culture, has released an official preview of his forthcoming publication “Live This Book!” (Penguin, August 2015).

Tom is interested in improving our experiences and relationship with the digital world. The premise of his sixth book is simple: “That it is more important than ever for us to give some undivided attention to the people we care about, [and] to the things that really matter in our lives, and to ourselves.”

Tom explains that the book offers readers uninterrupted time with themselves, something that was often taken for granted but we now struggle to keep up with the pace and demands of modern life.

Click here to read the official preview.

For more information on how to book Tom Chatfield as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.


Dr Tom Chatfield is a British author of six bestselling books, broadcaster and tech philosopher. He has advised many of the world’s leading technology firms, and is currently a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. The latest edition of his book “Netymology: a linguistic celebration of the digital world” was published by Quercus US on 2nd August 2016.

 


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“Has technology rewired our brains?” asks Tom Chatfield, a leading thinker on digital culture

Tom Chatfield speakerHas technology rewired our brains, making us less human as a result? Tom Chatfield is a leading thinker on digital culture, is an enthusiastic downloader of the latest apps, and an early adopter of anything small and shiny that promises to smooth his path through life. But Tom can’t help feeling a little anxious about the hold that new technology has on his life.

Plato felt much the same, concerned that the new-fangled concept of writing might destroy the ability of the Ancient Greeks to memorise vast swathes of human knowledge. Do car sat-navs destroy our innate sense of direction? Do search engines displace our store of general knowledge?

With the help of the Economist’s Digital Editor, Tom Standage and cybernetics expert, Kevin Warwick, Tom looks toward a future when the communication and computing power of our smartphones is inserted directly into our nervous systems. With superfast thought processes and a battery of new senses will we feel upgraded or out of control, superhuman or inhuman?

Click here to listen to their musings. It will be followed up by a long essay on technology, anxiety and what tech means for the mind next week- watch this space.

For more information on how to book Tom Chatfield as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.


Dr Tom Chatfield is a British author of six bestselling books, broadcaster and tech philosopher. He has advised many of the world’s leading technology firms, and is currently a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. The latest edition of his book “Netymology: a linguistic celebration of the digital world” was published by Quercus US on 2nd August 2016.


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John Tolva on when tech culture and urbanism collide

John Tolva, an expert on tech culture, recently wrote on the combined efforts of entrepreneurs and developers in tackling urban opportunities.

Seemingly against popular belief, they have been able to “build upon the success of the work being done at the intersection of technology and urban design.”

Click here to read the full article.

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