Katie Couric on smartphone addiction, “freaky” sex robots

TechCrunch | 3/13/2018 | Katie Roof
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Katie Couric has some concerns about the way people are using technology. It’s “making us less reliant on true human connection,” the legendary news anchor told TechCrunch during the “South by Southwest” festival in Austin, Tex.

Couric had appeared at the event Monday to share her views on tech and culture, something she addresses in her own, upcoming, six-part documentary series on National Geographic, wherein she reports on a spectrum of transformational issues impacting the country.

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For the project, for example, she explored smartphone addiction and “learned about how much anxiety it produces.” She also realized the extent to which “we don’t even know what’s happening to our brains” after diving into the issue with researchers.

She further told us of her frustration by the “companies that exploit this attention economy,” referencing some common gripes about Twitter and Facebook, all of which have been accused of going too far to increase the amount of time that people spend on their platforms. They “purposely and perhaps irresponsibly get us to go down the rabbit hole of information.”

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Couric explained that she isn’t concerned about the technology in our hands alone. In the series, she also explores the age-old question of whether robots will eventually take our jobs,...
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