The conversation with Tiffany Shlain has reached the point of how technology is not all-bad. It's a topic that fascinates her - one of several, as it turns out - but all drawing back to a single theme: for better or worse, we are becoming increasingly connected. Shlain has her theories on this - one is that every time we interact with a wired device, we get a shot of Oxytocin, also dubbed the 'love hormone' thanks to its role in orgasms. Apparently, we receive a tiny dose when sending or receiving a message, and Shlain believes it's because we connect with someone at that moment.
Shlain is no stranger to technology. She was born in 1970, and as a budding teen, she was one of the first kids to get an Apple Mac. Clearly no underachiever, the daughter of a famed surgeon and author would co-write a paper musing about a future where students everywhere are connected by software. The essay won her a trip to the Soviet Union, as well as a sobering slap to her naivety when face-to-face with the poverty of 20th century Russia. This appears to have initiated a shift in her priorities, but not determination. Shlain, still intent on a better world, switched to filmmaking to help express her desire for change. 59ce067264