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Being human in the age of automation

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-10-07 02:00

In Nicholas Carr’s new book, "The Glass Cage – Automation and Us," he describes an academic study in which researchers discover a key difference between how we feel at work versus at home. At work, people can’t wait to clock out, whereas at home, they dread returning to work.

But surprisingly, the study also found that by many metrics, people are actually happier on the job. And in a world where the main goal of technology seems to be to reduce the work we do, Carr thinks maybe we should take a different tack:

“I think most of us, if we really thought about it, know that it’s really when we’re being challenged and when we’re really immersed in a task or a job…that’s when we feel like we are experiencing life in some better, more fulfilling way.”

In the book, Carr offers one example of how the video game, Red Dead Redemption, helped him realize that games can be a good model for software designed to engage and challenge us in an activity. Carr argues that if we are simply more mindful of how technology influences our experience of life, we can make better decisions about the things we buy, even if it’s as small as a video game.

Click the media player above to hear Nicholas Carr in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

VIDEO: 'Nobody decides when they can die'

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-07 01:31
Actress Lynda Bellingham, who is suffering from cancer, talks about her decision to stop having chemotherapy.

Eurozone split - Europe's central drama

BBC - Tue, 2014-10-07 00:48
Delay over hard economic reforms keeps eurozone in doldrums

'Not enough police' to combat fraud

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-06 21:58
A police chief warns that there are not enough specially-trained officers to deal with a rise in computer-related fraud in England and Wales.

Spain investigates Ebola infection

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-06 21:57
Investigations begin at a Madrid hospital where a Spanish nurse is the first person known to have contracted the Ebola virus outside west Africa.

HK students agree to formal talks

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-06 21:57
Hong Kong student leaders agree to hold formal talks with the government after a week of protests, which are still blocking parts of the city.

Tube staff to hold 48-hour strike

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-06 21:44
Workers on the London Underground are to hold a 48-hour strike next week in a long-running dispute over staff cuts.

Magna Carta viewing ballot opens

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-06 21:38
A ballot opens for the chance to see the four remaining copies of the original Magna Carta displayed together for the first time.

The IS advance and "£75 a night" hospital beds

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-06 21:37
A mixed bag of headlines in tonight's Fleet Street titles with the jihadists' threat to a northern Syrian town, and the NHS funding crisis getting much coverage.

VIDEO: Emin on ageing, creativity and politics

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-06 21:36
Kirsty Wark speaks to artist Tracey Emin about her latest exhibition and why she thinks motherhood would have been incompatible with her life as an artist.

Man shot in chest at house in city

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-06 21:34
A man in his 30s is in hospital after being shot in the chest at a house in Oranmore Street in west Belfast.