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Alex Salkever on "Your Happiness Was Hacked: Why Tech Is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain--and How to Fight Back"

7:15-7:59am check-in, coffee; 8:00am sharp to 9:00am book talk; 9:00-9:10am book sale

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Speaker Series

Date: Tuesday November 06, 2018 | 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Speaker(s): Alex Salkever, Author, Futurist and Technology Leader; Columnist, Fortune magazine. Co-Author (with Vivek Wadhwa), The Driver in the Driverless Car and The Immigrant Exodus; former VP – Marketing, Mozilla
Topic: "Your Happiness Was Hacked: Why Tech Is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain--and How to Fight Back" (by Alex Salkever & Vivek Wadhwa, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2018)
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $33.95 plus HST per person (includes 1 hardcover copy of "Your Happiness Was Hacked", 1 seat for the talk, coffee)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS: Technology: your master, or your friend? Do you feel ruled by your smartphone and enslaved by your e-mail or social-network activities? Digital technology is making us miserable, say bestselling authors and former tech executives Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever. We've become a tribe of tech addicts--and it's not entirely our fault. Taking advantage of vulnerabilities in human brain function, tech companies entice us to overdose on technology interaction. This damages our lives, work, families, and friendships. Swipe-driven dating apps train us to evaluate people like products, diminishing our relationships. At work, we e-mail on average 77 times a day, ruining our concentration. At home, light from our screens is contributing to epidemic sleep deprivation. But we can reclaim our lives without dismissing technology. The authors explain how to avoid getting hooked on tech and how to define and control the roles that tech is playing and could play in our lives. And they provide a guide to technological and personal tools for regaining control. This readable book turns personal observation into a handy action guide to adapting to our new reality of omnipresent technology.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Alex Salkever is an author, futurist and technology leader. He co-authored with Vivek Wadhwa The Driver in the Driverless Car and The Immigrant Exodus. He is a columnist for Fortune and previously served as a Vice President at Mozilla, as the Technology Editor of and as a Guest Researcher at the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering.

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