A recent study finds that electronic toys may be impacting childhood development. For all the benefits of digital technology, it may just be a crutch that is negatively impacting our minds.

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With fifteen years of professional experience and a lifetime of interest in technology, I am excited to explore our relationship with the silicon that surrounds us. How do we maintain our humanity as IT continues to embed itself in our lives? What is the human performance element that can never be replaced as computers and robots take on more and more of our daily tasks? Does social media and interconnectedness over the Internet actually make us or more less connected to each other? These questions matter and need to be addressed.

Tonight I had the good fortune to attend a lecture and meet world renowned economist and father of economic “shock therapy” Dr. Jeffrey Sachs. Dr. Sachs spoke of the pressing sustainability issues facing our world today. Extreme poverty, hunger, and climate change grow ever more threatening as economic and population growth have increased exponentially since the invention of the steam engine. We’re getting closer to the precipice and world leaders need to act now.