The Digital Human

The Digital Human

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Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world


Symbiosis
Jun 1 • 28 min
For the entirety of human history, we have made tools and those tools have then shaped us. But in the digital age, that ancient feedback loop has become more complicated. We are fully conscious of the impact our tools can have on us, and we have the…
Disrupted
May 25 • 28 min
We’ve heard a lot about “disruption” over the last few years - companies upending, institutions and entrepreneurs revolutionising some of the things that we thought always were and always should be. Technology has been the poster child of these rapid…
Coercion
Mar 30 • 29 min
Since Britain went into lock down, people in emotionally and physically abusive relationships are having to spend more time with their partners in a confined space. Police forces in England and Wales say they’ve seen a dramatic spike in reports of…
Plenty
Mar 23 • 29 min
For decades, technologists, futurists and even our favourite science ficti has been predicting that technology will do away with the drudgery of work, take care of our basic day to day needs and create a world where scarcity will be a thing of the past.…
Sync
Mar 16 • 29 min
Listen to the chimes of Big Ben stiking midnight at new year, on the stroke of 12 we cheer, embrace and kiss loved ones but when did that actually happen. Well it depends on what device you’re listening to. If its over the web or digital radio it could be…
Lab Rats
Mar 9 • 29 min
When you go online, there is a 100% chance that you will be part of an experiment. We are constantly observed, and tested upon, in the digital space, and more often than not it’s done without our knowledge or explicit consent. Many experiments are simple…
Connections
Mar 2 • 28 min
For some time now Aleks has felt uncomfortable with the way friendships are performed online. There’s something about the unspoken transactional expectation of a like for a like; the friend anniversary reminders; the laugh out loud-ness of it all. The…
Oops!
Feb 24 • 28 min
The Digital World is full of unintended consequences. Aleks finds out what happened when an influx of bitcoin miners descended like electricity devouring locusts on the snowy little town of Plattsburgh NY. Depending what day it is maintaining the bitcoin…
Faceless
Nov 25, 2019 • 28 min
Johnathan Hirshon works in PR and marketing and describes himself as ‘The Faceless man’ because he’s managed to keep his face off the internet for over twenty years. This may seem extreme but Neda Soltani explains how one online photo of her face, meant…
Messiah
Nov 18, 2019 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski explores how the culture in Silicon Valley led to a growth in the cult of personality and asks if it’s gone too far. This kind of worship has been hot housed in Silicon Valley ever since Steve Jobs burst out of his garage and onto the…
Devotion
Nov 11, 2019 • 28 min
When a homeless man was accidentally killed by a train on the 11/08/18 in The Dalles, Oregon, no one realised how many people it would effect. The man was a computer programmer called Terry Davis and he was on a mission from God. He’d designed an entire…
Character Witness
Nov 4, 2019 • 28 min
Gangs are territorial, every street, every block is mapped out according to who’s in charge, where. It’s still true today. But now that the internet is where we do so much of our social lives, gangland has also gone online. Territory isn’t just where you…
Uncomfortable
Oct 28, 2019 • 28 min
The internet has facilitated an explosion in opinion. Some people’s views you’ll agree with, other’s you’ll find abhorrent. How do we manage that in a pluralistic world? Is reaching for the mute button the best way to get through the day? Or is it about…
Animism
Oct 21, 2019 • 39 min
Aleks Krotoski explores our anxieties around AI and automation. Comparing western philosophy to that of the east, she’ll ask if some of fears around technology are cultural. Much of western thinking is still strongly influenced by Christian traditions…
Between
Jul 8, 2019 • 29 min
Our personal space is like an invisible sphere around us, reaching from our bodies at the centre to the tips of our fingers. Ironically, this is also where many of us keep our phones - the windows that lets us see into the rest of the world - and the door…
Ghoul
Jul 1, 2019 • 28 min
Violent content online has rightly been condemned. Yet while we criticise those facilitating the supply we rarely talk about the demand. Aleks Krotoski asks who views it and why.
Cameo
Jun 24, 2019 • 28 min
Social media is about stories, and what’s more interesting - to you at least - than telling your own? When you post, you’re building a narrative: this is who I am and this is what I like. You’re creating your very own movie, pulling in a range of…
Obsession
Jun 17, 2019 • 28 min
Zachary, Stina and Andrea do not suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder but they all became stuck in obsessional loops after being triggered by an event in their lives which left them looking for answers. Their obsessions left them all with compulsions…
The Analogue Human
Jun 17, 2019 • 29 min
To celebrate the 100th episode of The Digital Human Aleks Krotoski explores how digital and analogue technologies make us think differently. And she’ll do it by going ‘old school’ putting down the keyboard and mouse in favour of audio tape and razor…
Numb
Jun 3, 2019 • 28 min
Are we using tech as a digital sedative? And if so, what does that do to our ability to touch and feel? Aleks looks at why we turn to tech to render us emotionally numb…
Haven
Apr 22, 2019 • 28 min
On New Year’s Eve in 2015 Vicky Schaubert, a journalist from Norwegian broadcaster NRK heard a story that was to stay with her for many years prompting her to research and write an article about a young man called Mats Steen from Oslo. At the age of four…
Crutch
Apr 16, 2019 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski takes a look at the way we use crutches, in both our offline and online lives. We all use crutches - from dummies to cigarettes, from computer games and snapchat filters to people or food. It’s distraction from whatever it is lying beneath…
Wisdom
Apr 15, 2019 • 28 min
What is happening to us, now that we have access to all the world’s knowledge at our fingertips? If the headlines are to be believed, we are swimming upstream through relentless waves of alternative facts, drowning in an ocean of misinformation. And the…
Illusion
Apr 8, 2019 • 28 min
In November 2018 and LA based band Threatin landed in the UK to begin their first European tour. Their promoter had booked venues in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, new band members had been signed up with the promise of venues that could hold…
Snake Oil
Mar 25, 2019 • 29 min
The internet began as a way for academics and researchers to share information and collaborate on projects - it was a boon for scientific discovery. But despite there being more scientific information online than ever, in the modern day the power of the…
Gentrification
Mar 18, 2019 • 28 min
Gentrification. It’s a constant cycle in the offline world. Run down areas with cheap rent attract a young arty crowd, business moves in when the area has a new hip image, and suddenly everyone wants to live there and the original residents find…
Rescue
Oct 29, 2018 • 28 min
Aleks explores how technology can increase self -efficacy and therefore our belief that we can rescue others. Aleks discovers that sharing vulnerabilities online can turn a victim into a rescuer as others who need help will often seek you out giving you…
Subservience
Oct 22, 2018 • 28 min
Digital Assistant bots are becoming ever more common - Alexa playing music on your countertop, Siri taking notes on your phone, a little voice bubbling out of your watch to rattle off the things you almost forgot you needed to buy during the big weekend…
Average
Oct 15, 2018 • 28 min
In world where we are constantly told we are all exceptional and unique, Aleks Krotoski explores the unexpected affordances of being average.
Flawless
Oct 8, 2018 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski explores the social and psychological impact of a life lived online, where maintaining a perfectly curated life is key and real life flaws are hidden… Producer: Victoria McArthur
Harm
Oct 1, 2018 • 28 min
Sarah from Ohio went online to escape bullies at her school but they followed her online and the abuse continued. She hoped someone would step in and help her but her attempt at a cry for help was ignored. We also hear from Vie Clerc Lusandu who was…
Jigsaw
Sep 24, 2018 • 28 min
Even if you are the most careful person in the world when it comes to your data, little pieces of your personal information are constantly being uploaded into the digital world without you being aware of it. How? Because of your connections to everyone…
Detached
Jun 25, 2018 • 27 min
Jane Charlton suffers from depersonalisation leaving her sense of self fragmented. In order to construct her sense of self she seeks the physical presence of people. For Jane social media means nothing. Dr Anna Ciaunica has studied Jane’s experience of…
Joy
Jun 18, 2018 • 27 min
Aleks Krotoski wonders if it’s really possible to convey a sense of joyful abandon online… Producer: Victoria McArthur.
Unnoticed
Jun 11, 2018 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski enters the world of the unwatched, the unread and the unnoticed, all the content posted online that no-one ever sees.
Confidante
Jun 4, 2018 • 27 min
It does not interject, it has endless patience and you gain empathy from shared experience. Aleks Krotoski explores how the online space has become our greatest confidante…
Regret
May 28, 2018 • 27 min
Aleks is looking at regret, that sinking, nagging feeling when we realise we have made the wrong choice or when things have not gone the way we hoped or envisaged. Ethan Zuckerman was one of the early architects of user generated content on the internet…
Friction
May 21, 2018 • 28 min
It’s the life we’re told we want, where we just shout at a device and our needs are met as quickly as the supply chain allows. Aleks Krotoski explores frictionless digital living. But is there value in friction? Aleks hears from someone who’s life depends…
Oracle
Mar 27, 2018 • 28 min
From the dawn of the civilisation, human beings have yearned to predict the future. In the past you might have consulted the Oracle at Delphi or sat down for a tarot reading to steer you through life. Today, the internet offers amazing potential for…
Vortex
Mar 19, 2018 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski asks if blaming social media for recent political upheaval misses the point and we end up giving too much power to the technology and not enough to ourselves in how opinions become formed.
Bliss
Mar 12, 2018 • 28 min
If we look hard enough, we have access to information online about other people, and about issues we may think we need to know. But is this always a good thing? Are there some things that we’d be better off not knowing? Producer: Kate Bissell.
Visage
Mar 5, 2018 • 28 min
The human face is quintessential part of our identity - crucial for communication, expressing emotion and understanding our place in the world. So what happens when that most human of interfaces is placed over what boils down to a cluster of motors and a…
Tribe
Feb 26, 2018 • 27 min
One of the major criticisms of social media is that it’s disconnecting us, as individuals, from society and from real physical interactions. But if a key element of ‘tribe’ is communication and connectivity then the digital world arguably holds unlimited…
Resist
Feb 19, 2018 • 29 min
There’s nothing more human that adapting a tool to make your life better, it’s the rationale behind every innovation. Aleks Krotoski explores how our digital tools can be reinvented in powerful ways by individuals seeking a better life. Whether it’s how…
Shame
Nov 6, 2017 • 27 min
In this episode of The Digital Human Aleks Krotoski asks if social media is creating a new era of shame. Psychotherapist Aaron Balick explains how shame needs a witness in order to be felt, we need to be able to see our selves through the eyes of another.…
Insatiable
Oct 30, 2017 • 28 min
For many of us the modern world is thankfully one of abundance, where we can indulge ourselves at every turn. But why is it so difficult to say when we’ve had enough; of foods we know aren’t good for us, of TV programmes that play the next episode…
Protection
Oct 23, 2017 • 27 min
Aleks Krotoski explores living in a digital world.
Duped
Oct 16, 2017 • 27 min
Spam and its prevention have been a driving force in the history of the internet. It’s changed laws and communities, language and culture. It comes in all shapes and forms, the most popular of which is advance fee scams. You know the drill: an agent for…
Ritual
Oct 9, 2017 • 27 min
From funerals to the Burning the Circle festival held every year on the Isle of Aran to surgeon’s scrubbing up before an operation, Aleks explores the very human experience of rites of passage and ritual and why this very human experience can help make…
Sin-eaters
Oct 2, 2017 • 28 min
Sin eating was an age old British practice carried out by those on the fringes of their communities. When someone died the sin eater would consume a ritualistic meal over the corpse and in doing so they would take on their sins. Whether they were outcasts…
Silence
May 15, 2017 • 27 min
Aleks goes in search of silence. In our digital world has silence become harder to find, or are we looking for it in all the wrong places? Leif Haugen is a Fire watcher who spends six months of a year stationed at Toma lookout, on a mountain in Montana.…
Alternate
May 9, 2017 • 27 min
Aleks Krotoski tells the story of a film that doesn’t exist and the online community convinced that it does. We hear from people who have come together on the online site Reddit to share their memories of the film, including a former video shop worker…
Echo
May 1, 2017 • 28 min
There is an old joke that talking to yourself is first sign of madness but we now know its an essential mental tool . So how much of what we do online is that same inner speech?
Subconscious
Apr 24, 2017 • 27 min
Geoff Lean was in a coma for a month, during this time he could hear and feel everything but it wasn’t until he woke up from the coma that he realised he had also unconsciously absorbed visual information through his eyes. Aleks investigates Blindsight,…
Authenticity
Apr 17, 2017 • 27 min
Technology has always allowed us to push the boundaries of what’s real and not real. From filters on our holiday snaps to recreating life in a laboratory. Is it any wonder then that amidst all this 21st century noise we’re searching for an authentic…
Anger
Apr 10, 2017 • 29 min
We seem to be living in a world of polarised opinions giving rise to increasingly angry exchanges on television, print and of course social media. Aleks Krotoski asks how online anger works and is it a symptom or the cause of the problem. An enormous…
Lol
Nov 14, 2016 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski explores life in the digital world. What makes us laugh and why? And when so much of the web is there to tickle our funny bone, does anyone ever laugh out loud?
Perspective
Nov 7, 2016 • 28 min
The world we experience through screen based technology is two dimensional which some argue creates distance between the viewer and the viewed but can modern day virtual reality story telling using a three dimensional perspective go further than any other…
Haunted
Oct 31, 2016 • 28 min
So much of our experience of technology can feel a bit like being haunted. It starts like any good ghost story with the just mildly unsettling; things aren’t were you left them or seem to have moved on their own within our devices. Its a creepy feeling…
Traces
Oct 24, 2016 • 28 min
Our records define us - birth records, death records, crime records, marriage records - but what if you don’t want to be defined by your records? And how do our physical and digital traces say affect us? In this episode of The Digital Human, Aleks…
Jennifer
Oct 18, 2016 • 27 min
In the spring of 1996, an enterprising American college student named Jennifer Ringley connected a webcam to her computer and began seven years of uninterrupted self-exposure. JenniCAM, as she eventually named it, was the first no-holds-barred lifelogging…
Sublime
Oct 10, 2016 • 28 min
The way the digital world is presented to us can be alienating and obfuscating, bad metaphors like the cloud or the slow tracking shots between the banks of servers can make us forget that these networks are built and maintained by human beings. They can…
Changeling
May 9, 2016 • 28 min
Why does a parent’s awe over their child’s ability with technology turn so quickly to fear? Aleks Krotoski explores the anxieties at the heart of modern parenting and tech.
Lost and Found
May 2, 2016 • 27 min
From lost cameras, dogs, cats, phones and people, we are turning to the web to find what we have lost. Aleks explores whether you are more likely to find what you’ve lost using online social networks? Are we as connected as we think we are? Or does it…
Wayfinding
Apr 25, 2016 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski compares our intuitive way-finding skills to those of the digital world and finds out why describing the best way from A to B still poses problems for tech. Simon Wheatcroft is an adventurer who’s run all over the world and at distances…
Taste
Apr 18, 2016 • 27 min
Food is a universal necessity, human brains light up more for food than any other experience, so it’s little wonder that food culture has exploded online. Social media is festooned with pictures, recipes, cooking videos and we can’t seem to ever get…
Home
Apr 11, 2016 • 27 min
In The Digital Human: Home Aleks asks what turns a space into a place and whether we really need bricks and mortar anymore, when home can be anywhere you can go online. Aleks visits Porter Ranch just outside of Los Angeles where residents were told to…
Work
Apr 4, 2016 • 27 min
In the 1st of a new series Aleks Krotoski gets down to work. From micro-taskers paid pennies to be the janitors of our digital services to car drivers jumping on the Uber bandwagon. Aleks speaks to technology writer Kashmir Hill who spent a month as an…
Imagine
Nov 16, 2015 • 27 min
Imagination is an essential component of what makes us human, it’s complexity and artistry separating us from other animals as well as machines. Yet as digital technology progresses it’s beginning to model this, once believed mystical, process. Aleks…
Body
Nov 9, 2015 • 28 min
Since ancient Greece and probably before we’ve always used metaphors drawn from our current technology to understand our bodies. From the time of Newton we thought of the body as an elaborate clockwork device, the industrial revolution brought us the…
Mind
Nov 2, 2015 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski explores living in a digital world.
Doppelganger
Oct 26, 2015 • 28 min
The online world abounds with doppelgangers, cyber-twins, bots and mind-clones; in this Halloween episode of The Digital Human Aleks Krotoski explores the uncanny world of these digital doubles. On the most simple level social networks and the now…
Vigilante
Oct 20, 2015 • 27 min
Aleks Krotoski delves into vigilantism on the web and looks at the moral and philosophical implications of fighting the good fight in a digital space. Can we consider the web to be a superhero?
Detection
Oct 12, 2015 • 27 min
In the first of the new series, Aleks Krotoski explores how the web has influenced detection, from uncovering Osama Bin Laden to discovering the identity of long-abandoned Jane and John Does. As human beings, what is it in our nature that drives us to…
Silt
May 18, 2015 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski explores if we have all become digital hoarders. When our digital junk drawers are bigger than we can comprehend, do we lose the sense of what is worth keeping?
Seduction
May 11, 2015 • 27 min
Aleks talks to Tinder users Harriet Southgate and Kira Cheers who speak not only about the seductive nature of the app, but how they promote the gamification of dating. Biological anthropologist, Helen Fisher argues that dating apps like Tinder and Grindr…
Rear Window
May 4, 2015 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski explores the basic human impulse of people watching. We are aware how we perform when we know we are being looked at online but hear little about those watching.
Breathe
Apr 29, 2015 • 27 min
Aleks Krotoski explores the overlap between technology and the natural world and how the two co-exist.
Magic
Apr 20, 2015 • 28 min
Arthur C. Clarke’s 3rd law goes “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” So does that apply to the modern digital world, Aleks Krotoski asks the question with some surprising results. From people living under the ‘curse’ of…
Secrets
Apr 13, 2015 • 27 min
Secret holders share why and how they have used the internet to disclose their most intimate or well kept secrets - how does a compulsion to confess in a public setting effect those who the secret is about? And can this audition of secrets online…
Ethics
Nov 17, 2014 • 28 min
If a driverless car has to choose between crashing you into a school bus or a wall who do you want to be programming that decision? Aleks Krotoski explores ethics in technology. Join Aleks as she finds out if it’s even possible for a device to ‘behave’ in…
Maps
Nov 10, 2014 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski examines what digital mapping has meant for our understanding of the world. Are we always aware of the decisions that make them look the way they do? Traditionally of course maps are as “authored” as anything else. As Simon Garfield writer…
Nostalgia
Nov 3, 2014 • 27 min
We live in a world where the nostalgia for the past now permeates our present. With online trends like ‘Throw Back Thursdays’, apps like Timehop and platforms which gives you the tools to make your digital image look like it was taken with an analogue…
Abandon
Oct 27, 2014 • 27 min
What happens when we abandon a place? And why is it so difficult for us to leave these places behind? In this episode, Aleks explores abandon both on and offline. We tell the story of the only permanent resident of Fukushima’s radiation exclusion zone.…
Language
Oct 20, 2014 • 28 min
We communicate with each other in more ways than ever and with an ever expanding range of devices and platforms. But they all piggy back on an earlier invention, our original social networking technology - language. In this edition of the Digital Human…
Risk
Oct 13, 2014 • 28 min
Our brains are still running security software designed to protect us against lions, tigers and bears and we haven’t run an update for about 200,000 years. Aleks Krotoski explores how well it works when faced with the risks of the digital world. According…
Sell
May 14, 2014 • 27 min
Aleks explores how the digital world has changed our idea of selling. In a world where every click is a selling opportunity either for us or to us, how do we take advantage of the one without being taken in by the other?
Broken
May 5, 2014 • 28 min
Digital devices operate in binary ways; either they’re working or they’re a brick! Aleks Krotoski asks what this means for our natural instincts as tool builders and tool breakers? As technology becomes more resistant to prying fingers and minds are we…
Quantize
Apr 28, 2014 • 28 min
Aleks krotoski asks how human beings can cope with a world saturated by data. For some it is clay to be moulded and built with while for others it is the route to self knowledge. But it exists in overwhelming volumes like grains of sand on a beach.…
Whispers
Apr 21, 2014 • 27 min
Today tens of thousands of people run the Boston marathon amidst tight security. A year ago two bombs were detonated at the finishing line, killing three and injuring 260. Social media went into overdrive as people frantically pieced together clues which…
Voice
Apr 14, 2014 • 28 min
In this week’s Digital Human, Aleks Krotoski asks if the digital world is robbing us of our voices. When we’d rather text or message than speak to someone, are we still listening? We’re in a golden age of creating and sharing pictures, video and text, but…
Time
Apr 7, 2014 • 27 min
Aleks Krotoski explores the technology of time keeping. As clocks get more accurate and time becomes more abstract what does that mean for how we experience it? The accurate keeping of time allows our technological world to keep spinning and since…
Detox
Feb 17, 2014 • 28 min
Do you feel in control of your technology, or is it the other way round? In this last episode of the current series of The Digital Human Aleks Krotoski asks if we could all do with a detox from our digital devices. It’s a question she’s increasingly been…
Isolation
Feb 17, 2014 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski explores our lives in the digital world. This week she asks, are our connected modern lives making us lonelier than ever?
Transgression
Feb 10, 2014 • 28 min
Here be trolls… What is it about the digital world that encourages normal people to disregard the rules of everyday life? Is it the cloak of anonymity the net offers? The social rules of online communities? Or simply human nature? This week, Aleks…
Mischief
Jan 31, 2014 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski returns with a new series exploring our lives in a digital age and on April Fool’s day she explores whether mischief is an essential part of the online world. Mischief performs many functions in our society; the individual can use it to…
Chance
Jan 31, 2014 • 28 min
Join Aleks Krotoski as she explores chance in the digital world. Can life - changing encounters really be bottled, sold and exploited and what does the digital world promise for a future of serendipity. Can it really be engineered by digital systems?
Last Word
Jan 31, 2014 • 27 min
At the Digital Death Day Aleks meets with Vered Shavit from Israel who having dealt with her late brother’s digital legacy set up a website called Digital Dust to help others going through the same experience. Hearing Vered’s story Alek’s asks how are we…
Augment
Jan 31, 2014 • 27 min
Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world. In today’s programme have we all become cyborgs without even knowing it? We’ve always extended our human bodies ever since we first picked up rocks or sticks as tools, it’s part of human nature. So are the…
Tales
Jan 31, 2014 • 27 min
Aleks Krotoski looks at whether how we tell stories has changed with the digital world. And it looks like it has much more to do with our distant past that we might think. She begins by looking at the online phenomena of the Slender Man a supernatural…
Intent
Jan 31, 2014 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski looks at whether we’ve all become techno-fundamentalists. Do we know what all our technology is for or more intriguingly what it wants? Aleks hears from Douglas Rushkoff about how the whole of the world around us has always been programmed…
Memory
Jan 31, 2014 • 27 min
Aleks speaks to Grandmaster of memory, Ed Cooke who thinks memory is going out of fashion because of our reliance on digital devices. Mastermind champion and London cabbie Fred Housego explains how he relies on ‘The Knowledge’ to navigate London but…
Influence
Jan 31, 2014 • 27 min
Aleks Krotoski explores what the digital world tells us about ourselves. This week: Influence. How has the digital world changed the way opinions are voiced and shaped?
Diaspora
Jan 31, 2014 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski returns with a new series of explorations of our digital world. In the first in the series Aleks looks at how different cultures are preserving their identity in the face of the homogenising effects of technology. There’s a fear that the…
Crowded
Jan 28, 2014 • 27 min
Aleks Krotoski looks at group think in the digital world.
Crush
Jan 27, 2014 • 27 min
Join Aleks Krotoski as she explores love in the digital world. Can love be love when we’re deprived of the sensory connections of face-to-face interaction? Love online doesn’t need to be as wayward or incidental as it is in real life. In fact, Aleks will…
Conviction
Jan 27, 2014 • 28 min
In this weeks edition of The Digital Human Aleks looks at what we believe and why. With a search for God throwing up nearly 2billion hits the claims that the internet would be death of religion seem a little hollow. So why does our web search for answers…
Conceal
Jan 27, 2014 • 27 min
What is the biggest threat to our privacy: governments, corporate entities or our friends? And do people have different attitudes towards privacy depending on their culture?
Control
Jan 27, 2014 • 27 min
Control is one of the big attractions of living in the digital world, we only post the best pictures of ourselves enjoying the best parts of our lives. But does that mean we start to treat our lives more like a brand, to be sold to our friends and…
Capture
Jan 27, 2014 • 27 min
Aleks Krotoski asks not just what technology can do for us but also what is it doing to us and the world we’re creating? Each week she takes us on a journey to where people are living their digital lives to explore how technology touches everything we do…
Adaptation
Nov 11, 2013 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski explores how technology can give someone back a life that had seemed gone forever. From a 93 year old painter whose failing eyesight has left him no option than to turn to technology, to an agoraphobic blogger who shares her thoughts on…
Dark
Nov 4, 2013 • 27 min
We might want to drown it out in light, but, as Aleks Krotoski discovers, darkness can be good for us. Electric light tampers with our circadian rhythms. Now we can light up any part of the day, our body isn’t shutting off to sleep as easily as it once…
Value
Oct 28, 2013 • 28 min
When almost anything we want is available to buy at the click of mouse and so much content is available for free, is the digital changing how we value things? Aleks Krotoski explores our sense of worth in this new world where the only thing that’s scarce…
Wander
Oct 21, 2013 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski explores whether technology has impaired our ability to wander. Now that off-grid is on-grid and we can send emails from mountaintops, have we sacrificed the pleasure of travelling to discover new places and ourselves?
Urban
Oct 14, 2013 • 28 min
Every week a million more people move to live in cities. Can they cope with this constant expansion? Aleks explores whether ‘Smart’ cities are the answer or do they come with a hidden price of personal freedom. She visits the world’s “smartest” city,…
Altruism
Oct 8, 2013 • 28 min
Aleks Krotoski explores what technology tells us about ouselves and the age we live in. In this first programme; is the digital world allowing us to be more altruistic than ever? So can true altruism exist online? With all the stories of cyber-bullying…