Learning to pay attention is one of the great triumphs and challenges of the human mind. Yet our internet technology drives us culturally and personally to increasing levels of distraction at breakneck speeds. Don’t miss Nick Carr, Pulitzer prize nominee and NY Times bestselling author of The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brains, provide the insight and wisdom to make you re-think your how technology leads your life. Our brain structures are literally created from what we pay attention to and the fabric of our relationships and what we know as our self is at risk. Don’t miss this provocative and enlightening conversation.
Nicholas Carr writes about technology, culture, and economics. His most recent book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize nominee and a New York Times bestseller. Nick is also the author of two other influential books, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google (2008) and Does IT Matter? (2004). His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Nick has been a columnist for The Guardian in London and has written for The Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, and The Times of London, the New Republic, the Financial Times, Die Zeit and other periodicals. His essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” has been collected in several anthologies, including The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009, The Best Spiritual Writing 2010, and The Best Technology Writing 2009.
Nick is a member of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s editorial board of advisors, is on the steering board of the World Economic Forum’s cloud computing project, and writes the popular blog Rough Type. He has been a writer-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a sought-after speaker for academic and corporate events. Earlier in his career, he was executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A., in English and American Literature and Language, from Harvard University.