Is Tech Making Us Miserable? @ Frankopan Hall, Cambridge [11 March]

Is Tech Making Us Miserable?

19:30 - 21:00

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Frankopan Hall
West Court Jesus College, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BL Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
**This event is for the 2019 Cambridge Science Festival and tickets will go live for booking on 11 Feb 2019 at 11am**

Modern life has provided us with many comforts: we live longer; have ubiquitous access to information and entertainment; and by almost every metric are more ‘prosperous’. So much so that the rest of the world seemingly wants to emulate the ‘prosperous’ Western model. Then why are we so unhappy?

Technology has always had a differential effect in society; it can benefit some at enormous cost to many. However the technology that has built this prosperity might be doing something terrible to us. Scholars such as Sherry Turkle, Tristan Harris, Jaron Lanier and others have sounded the alarm about the dangers of technology and the toll it takes upon our health, happiness, and sense of meaning and belonging in the world. Despite a prevailing sense that technology is ‘bad’, there exists a gulf between evidence and practice: if these dangers are as real as some suggest, how do we catalyze a healthier and more equitable relationship to technology?

In a bid to make customers more conscious of their consumption companies such as Apple have introduced tools such as Screen Time to let users self-regulate their relationship with technology. But what constitutes a ‘healthy’ relationship with technology? How much screen time is too much? This interdisciplinary talk draws insights from educational theory, psychology, law and social policy, among others, to synthesize these issues and explore what might be possible to achieve.

How do I get to West Court, Jesus College?

The entry to West Court is directly on Jesus Lane, near to the intersection with Park Street. Please DO NOT ENTER through the main entrance to the Porters’ Lodge, known as «the Chimney”. A map is included below to assist you in finding our entrance.

What transport options do I have?

There is no on-site car parking at Jesus College for those attending our events. There is limited on-street parking outside the College and the Park Street Car Park is very close. There are also multiple Park and Ride options to the City Centre, a short walk from the College.

A regular train services runs to Cambridge from London’s Kings Cross Station, London Liverpool Street Station and many other mainline UK stations. The College is located approximately 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) from the railway station. Buses run about every 10 minutes and there is a taxi rank outside the station and one here in the city centre for your return.

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We ask that you arrive 15 minutes before the event and doors will close at the face time on your ticket. We may not admit latecomers, especially if seating is now full or filming is taking place. Our staff will be on site to validate tickets and so it would be helpful to have either an electronic or printed form of your ticket with you. Please also bring photographic ID for validation.

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Unfortunately not everyone who receives a ticket turns up on the day and so we have to over-issue tickets to ensure a full event. We decide carefully how many tickets to issue as it is important to have a full event but the last thing we want to do is disappoint people. In order to be as fair as possible we admit ticket holders on a first come first served basis. It is helpful to us if you cannot attend that you cancel your ticket. More accurate numbers mean less overbooking in the future and reduce the risk that people with tickets will be denied entry. For some events we may be able to ticket at the door and this will be advised to the waitlist. Please join the waitlist if the event is sold out and we will let you know if this will be an option.

What can I bring with me?

There are coat hooks around our building, but there are no storage or coat minding facilities and we cannot take any responsibility for items left unattended. Mobile phones are allowed, but must be silenced or placed on airline mode during the event. Flash photography is prohibited.

What if I have access requirements?

West Court is access friendly and there are hearing loops. Please let us know about any access requirements at least three days in advance of any event via [email protected] There is limited permit disabled parking, and again this must be prearranged. The building has extensive access-friendly bathroom facilities, and some limited seating in the waiting area.

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