For Christmas week, we’ll be re-airing the best episodes of 2019. Today we present Mark’s interview with Cal Newport. In the new year, we’ll be starting with new episodes again. In the meantime, enjoy and have a Merry Christmas!
“Don’t use tech as an end. It is only useful – when it comes to human flourishing – when you’re deploying tech for very specific, intentional purposes that you care about. As soon as the tech becomes an end in itself, that’s when we start to see problems.”
– Cal Newport
Cal Newport is a well-known Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and researches cutting edge technologies so he can write about the impact of these innovations on society. Cal has numerous books including “Deep Work” and recently launched his latest book, “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.” In this episode, Cal talks to Commander Divine about how to make sure you’re using tech in the best way so that it is helping you toward your goals, rather than simply distracting you from them.
- We currently have an economy based around knowledge products, but very little consideration is given to how we make them.
- Addictive behavior is NOT fundamental to smart phones, social media has just enhanced and developed addiction to technology on our part
- We should be much more selective about the technologies we adopt in our personal lives.
Listen to this episode to understand how to control your technology, and make it the tool rather than the goal of what you do.