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The Future of Feeling

By: Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips
Narrated by: Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips
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An insightful exploration of what social media, AI, robot technology, and the digital world are doing to our relationships with each other and with ourselves.

There’s no doubt that technology has made it easier to communicate. It’s also easier to shut someone out when we are confronted with online discourse. Why bother to understand strangers - or even acquaintances - when you can troll them, block them, or just click “Unfriend” and never look back? However briefly satisfying that might be, it’s also potentially eroding one of our most human traits: empathy.

So what does the future look like when something so vital to a peaceful, healthy, and productive society is fading away? The cautionary, yet hopeful, answer is in this champion for an endangered emotion.

In The Future of Feeling, Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips shares her own personal stories as well as those of doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, journalists, and scientists about moving innovation and technology forward without succumbing to isolation. This book is for anyone interested in how our brains work, how they’re subtly being rewired to work differently, and what that ultimately means for us as humans.

©2020 Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I learned a number of interesting things about Virtual Reality and how it is being used for research, medical applications, and humanitarian causes. A more accurate title would have been “Can Virtual Reality Save Empathy?” Because I expected different content (more about other feelings and less about VR), I didn’t particularly enjoy the book. This also may have been caused by the audio presentation, which was devoid of emotion. Though each sentence was read perfectly, it seemed that each sentence was read in a vacuum. The tone and highs and lows did not make a group of sentences seem like a paragraph, but rather the entire book was composed of one line paragraphs. I forced myself to get through the entire book, but it wasn’t a captivating or engaging journey. (I do not mean to be cruel to the author, and I appreciate her hard work, but she needs to change the title and hire a professional reader.)

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