Join Us for a Discussion with Professor Sherry Turkle on Reclaiming Conversation

Join us for a conversation with Professor Sherry Turkle on Tuesday, May 31st at Fitbit’s San Francisco headquarters. We’ll discuss insights from her latest book, Reclaiming Conversation, and what designers can do to ensure we continue to have real face-to-face interactions and conversations. Turkle will share how technology is impacting our interpersonal relationships and our relationships with ourselves as she gives us a sneak peek at three areas of her research that are currently underway:

  • The expanding reach of technology in our education system
  • Designing with the vulnerability of our users in mind
  • The social impacts of virtual reality





We will livestream the audio for out-of-town participants.


Sherry Turkle is a professor, author, consultant and researcher, who has spent the last 30 years researching the psychology of people’s relationships with technology and how it changes not only what we do but also who we are. Turkle’s work focuses on the world of social media, the digital workplace, and the rise of chatbots and sociable robots. Drawn by the illusion of companionship without the demands of intimacy, she argues, we confuse online sharing and mere connection with authentic communication. In her most recent bestselling book, Reclaiming Conversation, Turkle argues that now, with a deeper understanding of our vulnerability to technology, we must reclaim conversation, the most human—and humanizing—thing that we do. The virtues of person-to-person conversation are timeless.


The event will take place at Fitbit’s San Francisco office on Tuesday, May 31st from 5:30-8:30pm in collaboration with Foundation Capital. Request your invitation here by May 20th.



Professor Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT, as well as the founder and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, a center of research and reflection on the evolving connections between people and artifacts. Turkle is the author five books and three edited collections, including a trilogy of three landmark studies on our relationship with digital culture: The Second Self, Life on the Screen and Alone Together.

A recipient of a Guggenheim and Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, she is a featured media commentator on the effects of technology for CNN, NBC, ABC and NPR, including appearances on such programs as Nightline, 20/20 and The Colbert Report. She has been profiled in such publications as The New York Times, Scientific American and WIRED and has been named a Harvard Centennial Medalist and a Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year. In 2014, she was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Turkle received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University, and is a licensed clinical psychologist.


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