PsychologyPsychology in an age of robots
Our Minds in the Second Machine Age
There is no doubt we are in a remarkably unique point in human history. Technology is advancing at a pace never experienced before — knowledge, learning, entertainment, work, many aspects of life are changing radically from the previous generation. How does this rapid change affect our mental states? How are we dealing with the second machine age psychologically? How is new technology helping or hindering our mental wellbeing? These are some of the questions we want to explore in this department.
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Dr. David Van Nuys
David Van Nuys, PhD., is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Sonoma State University, hosts a popular psychology podcast Shrink Rap Radio and has had a long standing interest in technology.