21 episodes

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.

Technology and the Mind Dr. Nicolle Zapien

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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.

    Human Virtuality and Digital Life: Philosophical and Psychoanalytic Investigations

    Human Virtuality and Digital Life: Philosophical and Psychoanalytic Investigations

    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, important philosophers and psychoanalytic theorists. In the end we discuss AI, thinking, dreaming, and the generational divide and post-truth political landscape that is fueled by technology.

    For additional resources please see:
    Dreaming in the Digital Age, Thoughts on the Technological Pharmakon. POLIGRAFI , 28 (109/110), pp. 59-82.: http://ojs.zrs-kp.si/index.php/poligrafi/article/view/404

    Digital Animism. Towards a New Materialism, Religions 2023, 14(2), 264; https://www.mdpi.com/2140582

    The Power of Ghosts, Jung Journal Culture and Psyche September 2013 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272120809_The_Power_of_Ghosts

    • 1 hr
    The Importance of Professional Advocacy for Mental Health Treatment Choice in the Times of Ubiquitous Technology

    The Importance of Professional Advocacy for Mental Health Treatment Choice in the Times of Ubiquitous Technology

    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-oriented clinicians should advocate and educate the public, particularly while there are significant strategic interests in among tech apps, investors and insurance companies in shaping the marketplace for consumers.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Are the Kids Alright? Motivations, Decisions and Values Embedded in Educational and Consumer Technologies

    Are the Kids Alright? Motivations, Decisions and Values Embedded in Educational and Consumer Technologies

    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 practices and the value of the unknown, creativity and a focus on process. In this episode we philosophize about what technology is, how it is impacting us, we discuss its implications for teaching and learning and for adolescent development and we draw connections to psychoanalytic theory.

    For additional reading please see:
    Study on Social Media ad revenue earned from teens in 2022: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0295337

    How to ban phones effectively [in schools]: https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/how-ban-phones-effectively

    The 2024 National Educational Technology Plan: https://tech.ed.gov/files/2024/01/NETP24.pdf

    By Sarah Lewis: The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure and the Search for Mastery: https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Creativity-Failure-Search-Mastery/dp/1451629249

    Common Sense Media’s Impact of AI on Kids: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ai

    EDSAFE AI Alliance: https://www.edsafeai.org/

    EduChange on Assessment
    https://educhange.com/functional-assessment/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Dr. Alexander Stein on Psychoanalysis as a Technology for Positive Change and Influence at Scale

    Dr. Alexander Stein on Psychoanalysis as a Technology for Positive Change and Influence at Scale

    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 consulting can be used as an intervention for social good and business success at scale.

    Introduction
    2:58 — Professional Trajectory + Origin Story
    7:33 — From Practice to Deployment
    8:10 — Call to Retire Idea of Applied Psychoanalysis
    11:25 — Considering the Social in Working with Leaders
    13:35 — Differences Between Clinical Psychoanalysis, Conventional Consulting, & Psychodynamic Consulting
    18:03 — Value + Benefits of a Psychoanalytic Approach with Executives and Teams: Creating Optionality
    23:12 — Scaling Expectations + Meeting Goals
    25:09 — Organizations as Human Ecosystems
    26:03 — Approaching Varieties of Problems + Issues Across an Array of Practice Areas
    27:47 — The Nodal Axis in Multiple Domains: Focused Delivery of Expertise in Decision-Making
    29:14 — Human Architecture + Psycho-Social Dimensions in Cybersecurity
    31:38 — Multidisciplinary Collaborations in Fraud Matters
    33:11 — Psychoanalysis as a Technology to Solve Complicated Problems: Overcoming Challenges + Leveraging Value
    35:30 — Building Solutions + Mitigating Risks in Socially Responsible + Commercially Profitable Technologies
    40:05 — What Will the Future Hold? Barriers + Upsides to Bringing Psychological Expertise into the Technology Space at Scale
    44:33 — AI: Risks, Benefits, Potentials
    46:15 — A Critical Assessment of AI as a Project to Replicate + Computerize Human Thought
    50:10 — Countering the Deficiency of Care in Developing Technological Applications & Services: Balancing the Psychological + Philosophical
    52:25 — More on AI: Implicit Disdain for Humanity as a Driving Force
    55:32 — Adverse Consequences of Divestiture of Human Connection
    58:02 — How to Course-Correct: Technology Issues are Fundamentally Human not Technological
    1:00 — The Value of Care: Shared Moral Responsibilities for Harms & Benefits
    1:02:42 — Concluding Remarks + Calls to Action

    You can find Dr. Stein at: Dolus Advisors: www.dolusadvisors.com/
    LinkedIn (individual): www.linkedin.com/in/alexandersteinphd/
    LinkedIn (company): https://www.linkedin.com/company/dolus-advisors/
    Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexanderstein/#1c06a3246220
    The Dolus Advisors Briefing (a periodic newsletter providing analysis, counsel, and firm updates): https://www.dolusadvisors.com/subscribe + https://www.linkedin.com/newsletters/7025507656970694656/?displayConfirmation=true

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Morgan Venable on big tech, its consequences and the future

    Morgan Venable on big tech, its consequences and the future

    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.

    • 55 min
    Dr. Paul Slovic on feelings and decision making at the societal level including Technology and Political Applications

    Dr. Paul Slovic on feelings and decision making at the societal level including Technology and Political Applications

    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.

    • 1 hr 11 min

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We are all looking for signals in the noise. Dr Zapien and her guests help us unpack and understand the complex, compelling and often times confusing interface between our selves, our sense of self and the myriad stimuli and demands of our daily life. The fresh perspectives on psychoanalysis and the ubiquitous technology around us are instructive and grounding.

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