Intimacy faces crisis in the age of digital connectivity

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Intimacy faces crisis in the age of digital connectivity

Everybody knows that technology has changed us on our most intimate levels


SCREEN TEST: Each of us needs to feel special when sitting in front of a computer screen or iPad
SCREEN TEST: Each of us needs to feel special when sitting in front of a computer screen or iPad

The term connection has a wide variety of meanings. It can refer to a physical or logical path between two entities, it can refer to the flow over the path, it can inferentially refer to an action associated with the setting up of a path, or it can refer to an association between two or more entities, with or without regard to any path between them. In this paper, we do not explicitly reject the term connection, since it is in such widespread use, and does connote a meaningful relation, but consider it exclusively in the sense of an association between two or more entities without regard to a path.

– Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication, 1974.

(1.) Recently my son visited a Holocaust Museum where a programme called New Dimensions in Testimony provided a hologram of an Auschwitz survivor. The unreal man would answer any question the children asked about the horrors of history. The kids loved it because they could ask anything. “Do you hate the Germans?” “Do you still believe in God?” “What was the worst thing that happened?” My son explained that the students never would have been able to ask those questions of a real person because it would have been embarrassing. This is the angel of the future. It has no flesh, so you can be truly intimate with it.

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