As we become digital communication experts, our interpersonal and social skills are simultaneously being eroded. The intention of technology and AI is no doubt to enhance the human experience. But if the price of our digital connectivity is actually IRL disconnection and growing loneliness — which research indicates leads to a higher risk of early death — are we then not creating a digital culture that is actually destroying us?
The question is not whether or not to embrace technology. That would be like asking whether the sun will rise tomorrow or not. But the critical question to continuously ask is:
How can we make technology work for us instead of against us?
Will we be needing AI to teach us how to be human again? What fundamental specs of being human does technological reality invite us to consciously cultivate with more tenacity than ever before?
We touch our phones more than we touch each other. We send e-mails to the person sitting next to us, social...