That's Debatable: Has your smartphone hijacked your life?
Has Your Smartphone Hijacked Your Life? Join Us for a Future Tense Event.
Future Tense
The Citizen's Guide to the Future
Feb. 7 2013 2:07 PM

Has Your Smartphone Hijacked Your Life? Join Us for a Future Tense Event.

Does it matter if you can't find your way without your smartphone?

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Smartphones put the world at your fingertips. With a seemingly endless supply of apps, you can get a date, scout out the best restaurant in town, and pull up the fastest route to the dinner table, all in a matter of seconds. The services behind apps like these seek to give you the best experience, tailored to your specific tastes. But are they reducing our experiences to ones dictated by algorithms? Should we worry about living the mediated life or embrace it?

Join Future Tense at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Washington, D.C., for the launch of “That’s Debatable,” a new debate series hosted by the New America Foundation. Hear from New America’s Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Marvin Ammori and Christine Rosen, Arizona State University’s Daniel Sarewitz, and Yelp’s Miriam Warren as they contemplate whether or not the smartphone has hijacked our lives.

Drinks and light refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America Foundation's website.



Your smartphone has hijacked your life!
Christine Rosen
Bernard L. Schwartz fellow, New America Foundation
Senior editor, the New Atlantis

Daniel Sarewitz
Co-director, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University
Professor of science and society, Arizona State University

... No, it hasn't!

Marvin Ammori
Bernard L. Schwartz fellow, New America Foundation
Author, On Internet Freedom

Miriam Warren
Vice president of new markets, Yelp

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.