Technology and the Mind

Technology and the Mind

Technology and the Mind is a podcast dedicated to exploring contemporary psychoanalytic ideas applied to consumer technology use cases. Each month we interview a seasoned practicing psychoanalyst about how they understand the impact of technology on our minds, our relationships and on society and how they predict we might impact the future of technology - all from the perspective of contemporary psychoanalysis.

Episodes

May 18, 2024 60 mins
In this episode long time friends and collaborators, Drs. Richard Frankel and Victor Krebs carry on a decade long conversation in person and in google docs resulting in the book, Human Virtuality and Digital Life, a delightful and rich discussion of the philosophical understandings of virtuality as well as implications for the psyche. Their discussions are far reaching and deep leveraging myths, critical thought, ...
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In this episode Dr. Linda Michaels, Chair and Co-Founder of the Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAn) discusses grassroots efforts to provide public information and advocacy for therapies of depth, insight and relationship. She discusses the role of marketing as a major source of information to the public about treatment options for mental health. Further she emphasizes that psychoanalysts and psychodynamically-or...
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In this episode Catherine Saldutti, founder of EduChange, an innovative EdTech firm that is re-engineering formal secondary academic systems for increased equity describes the values and motivations that drive her team's design of The Integrated Science Program. This program creates the conditions for expert STEM learning. She discusses the power of systems thinking, circular economic principles, sustainable prac...
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Dr. Stein discusses his work consulting with executives and teams as a psychodynamic strategy consultant. He discusses the impact psychoanalysis can have on people and dynamics between people within business contexts. He centers decision making and caring in his work and muses about AI and the future from the perspective of the C-suite advisor role. His work is ultimately about how psychodynamic strategy consul...
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Morgan Venable, inventor, product developer and former Ideo, Google, Microsoft and Amazon senior tech product developer discusses his current projects including his work on the Datahand, an ergonomic keyboard that prevents and heals repetitive stress injuries from keyboarding and the future of tech including its impact on our mental health and social landscape.
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Dr. Paul Slovic, decision scientist and accomplished academic and researcher discusses human decision making, judgements, and risk with an emphasis on the role of feelings as applied to genocide, war, smoking, advertising, addiction and nuclear arms.
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In this episode we interview Stephen Cognetta, CEO of Exponent, a firm that helps tech workers land their dream job. We discuss his career development including running HackMentalHealth, the world's largest mental health hackathon, his thoughts on the future of tech and the role psychoanalysis might play in helping tech workers to develop.
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July 28, 2023 5 mins
This the a short trailer describing the focus of season 2 of Technology and the Mind. In this season we broaden our discussions by interviewing leaders in the tech sector, techno ethicists, business consultants, venture capitalists, politicians, philosophers and academics in dialogue with psychoanalysts about consumer tech products and services and the impacts these may have on our minds, relationships and society...
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In this episode Dr. Leary discusses psychoanalytic ideas about race, bias, equity and belonging and how technology may play a role in how people and our communities experience race and belonging.
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Dr. Jeremy Soh discusses creativity and dreams - what they are, why we should care about them and how technology may impact our capacity to be creative and to dream.
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Dr. Millar shifts the question of is AI conscious to the question of does AI enjoy. She explores areas of sexuality, consent and suffering in AI and suggests that Kantian ethics and Lacanian notions of jouissance may be helpful in understanding how we might secure freedom and privacy as we relate to AI.
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Dr. Patricia Gherovici discusses perversion, sexuality and porn. She discusses the use of technology and muses about its impact on our ability to dream and imagine.
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Dr. Mitchell Wilson discusses a few cases that illustrate the importance of materiality, embodiment and proximity in psychoanalysis and muses about the meanings for our profession and the future.
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Dr. Todd Essig discusses the differences between teleanalysis and traditional in person psychoanalysis and how this may be useful in understanding tech-mediated relating outside of the consulting relationship.
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In this episode, Professor Jan Abram discusses the Winnicottian notion of playing and the use of an object and how these ideas apply to our thinking about video game addiction and liveliness in our relationships.
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Dr. Tom Wooldridge discusses narcissism and how consumer technology can influence our sensitivities to narcissistic injury in both positive and negative ways. He offer several interesting examples of the use of technology in clinical cases.
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Dr. Stephen Lugar discusses the Kleinian notion of the depressive position, why it is of value and how consumer technology may facilitate a mindset of what he calls cruel optimization which then impacts our capacities to value and achieve the depressive position.
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An interview with Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst Dr. Catherine Mallouh about negative capability, what it is, why it is important and how it is developed. Dr. Mallouh will also consider how consumer technology may impact the development and maintenance of negative capability and creativity.
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An interview with Lacanian psychoanalyst, Dr. Fernando Castrillon about the Lacanian notions of desire, lack and jouissance and how these ideas can help us to think about our use of consumer technology.
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Guest host, Dr. Susi Ferrarello, a philosopher, and ethicist, will interview the host of Technology and the Mind, Dr. Nicolle Zapien about what psychoanalysis might have to do with technology and how both disciplines might benefit from being in dialogue.
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