Becoming a digital gourmet: what does it mean to use technology well?
What does it mean to become a gourmet of technology? Tom Chatfield discusses how, in an increasingly information-saturated age, we can better understand the role of new technologies in our lives - and maximise the benefits both of plugging into the digital age, and unplugging from its constant connectivity. To use technology well, he argues, means recognizing that our tools are far from neutral - and that it's more important than ever that we understand the ways in which they may be remoulding our behaviours and minds.
The author of four books exploring digital culture - most recently "How to Thrive in the Digital Age" (Pan Macmillan) - his work has appeared in over a dozen territories and languages.
Tom has worked as a writer and consultant with companies including Google and Mind Candy, and spoken at forums including TED Global and the World IT Congress. A fortnightly columnist for the BBC, he also writes fiction, plays jazz piano, and tweets at @TomChatfield. For further details, see tomchatfield.net