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Episode #18: Is technology really making our lives better?
The Green Room by Deloitte podcast
From smarter healthcare to remote working, there’s no doubt that technology has had a positive impact on our lives. But there are downsides too. In an always-on world, how is constant connection affecting our mental and physical health? Or is it too early to tell?
And as our lives move online, how can we be sure that businesses are keeping our data secure? If technology was wiped from the world, would it be good to go back and have a fresh start? Could we even imagine our lives without it?
This week, we’re diving into the world of technology to look at whether it’s really making our lives better. Joining our hosts George and Lizzie to discuss this big question is Paul Lee, UK partner and Head of Global Research for Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) and Libby Cousins, partner at Deloitte Digital UK and marketing practice lead.
Tune in to find out:
- What Lizzie’s favourite smartphone app is and why
- If George’s vegetable box deliveries are doing more harm than good
- Libby’s views on how businesses can keep our data as secure as possible
- Why Paul thinks technology connectivity is like a game of KerPlunk
We believe that we rely on technology, but if we were to go without it for a couple of days, we would really quickly adjust. We’ve lived for centuries without these technologies. They make our lives better, but they’re not fundamental to all of our lives. – Paul Lee
Find out more
If you’re interested in any of the topics we talked about during this episode, you might find the links below useful.
- The UK cut of this year’s Mobile Consumer Survey reveals that our love affairs with our smartphones is still going strong 12 years on, but now we’re thinking about how we’re using them.
- What does the future hold for technology, media, and telecommunications? Our TMT predictions are based on conversations with 100+ industry executives and 10,000+ online interviews with the public.
- Our Millennial Survey features some interesting findings around millennials’ relationship with technology.
- We heard from Sarah Cook, the curator of Somerset House’s new exhibition 24/7, around the always-on world of technology and the impact on our wellbeing. Find out more about the exhibition, which is part of our collaboration with Somerset House and our OMF charity partner, Mind.
- Matt Haig’s book Notes on a Nervous Planet is all about how the rise in mental health issues is because our brains haven’t evolved as quickly as technology. This article explores how future evolution might be impacted by technology.
- Future of Data: la Raconteur supplement from earlier this year on data privacy.
- Lizzie mentioned this research from the University of Sussex into the impact of banning work emails remotely.
- Wall Street Journal – The Future of Everything: an interesting podcast around how science and technology is revolutionising our lives.
- Tech Tent: The BBC’s tech news and and business podcast.