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Giles Slade – The Big Disconnect: Technology and Loneliness

November 15, 2014

Giles Slade discusses some of the issues raised in his book The Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness.

Why do millions upon millions of people in the modern world feel that isolation and loneliness are major sources of unhappiness? Tablets, smart phones, and social networks all promise better opportunities to connect and stay connected. Yet what they really do is replace face-to-face interactions and disguise our growing inability to trust others. Have we arrived at a new kind of consciousness in which electronic interfaces receive most of our attention to the detriment of real interpersonal communication and empathy? The Big Disconnect offers a bracing look at a world where intimacy with machines is increasingly replacing intimacy with other human beings.

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Giles Slade – American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival

May 21, 2014

Giles Slade discusses his book American Exodus – Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival. Some scientists predict the sea will rise one and a half metres before 2100, but rapidly melting polar ice caps could make the real increase much higher. In the coming century, intensifying storms will batter our coasts, and droughts and extreme heat events will be annual threats. All this will occur as population grows, and declining water resources make growing food ever more challenging. What will happen when the United States cannot provide food or fresh water for the overheated, overcrowded cities where 80 per cent of Americans currently live? The good news is that this overall decline of habitability in the mid-latitudes will be matched by increases in the carrying capacity of sparsely populated lands above the 49th parallel. This phenomenon suggests that waves of environmental refugees will travel north as southern conditions worsen. Our northern lands are our Noah’s Ark – a vital refuge in the time of mankind’s greatest need.

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