Sherry Turkle

Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology
Director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self
Program in Science, Technology, and Society
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
E51-296C
Cambridge, MA 02139

sturkle@media.mit.edu


Photo 2010

Sherry Turkle received her Bachelors of Arts summa cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Sociology and Personality Psychology from Harvard University.

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

 

Invited Lectures and Conference Papers

New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Annual Meeting
Keynote: Educational Challenges in the Age of Online Education
Springfield, MA  December 2013

The Springfield Forum
Alone Together: The Flight from Conversation
Springfield, MA  November 2013

MIT Hillel’s  Leading Jewish Minds @ MIT…on the Road
Alone Together: Technology and our Flight from Conversation
San Francisco, CA  & Los Angeles, CA March 2013

American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS)
Plenary Address
The Robotic Moment: What Do We Forget When We Talk to Machines?
Boston, MA  February 2013

Wisdom 2.0
Featured Speaker:  The Questions We Are Not Asking: Communication, Wisdom and True Connection in the Digital Age
San Francisco, CA  February 2013

Newport Beach Public Library Foundation
Martin W. Witte Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series
Alone Together and the Flight from Conversation
Newport Beach, FL  February 2013

Spence School
The Fifth Annual Head’s Forum
Education and the Flight from Conversation
New York, NY  February 2013

TIGER 21
Annual Conference
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Palm Beach, FL  February 2013

Charlotte Country Day School
Parent Speaker Series
Alone Together and the Flight from Conversation
Charlotte, NC  January 2013

Council of the Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal
33rd Annual Conference
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Houston, TX  November 2012

THINK Conference
The Social Network: Why are Robots Becoming Human and Men Machines?
Goa, India  October 2012

Carnegie Corporation of New York
TIME Summit on Higher Education
Panel: “Changing Landscapes: From the Digital Classroom to the Global Campus”
New York, NY  October 2012

Association of Financial Professionals (AFP)
Annual Conference
Keynote: New Relationships in a World of Constant Connection
Miami, FL  October 2012

Carlton College
Convocation Speech:  Necessary Conversations: Technology as an Evocative Object
Northfield, MN  October 2012

International Symposium on Digital Ethics
Keynote: What are the Ethically Imperative Questions in Digital Culture?
Chicago, IL  October 2012

New York Public Library
Authors’ Evening
Social Media and Social Consequences: A Dialogue with Steven Johnson
New York, NY  October 2012

Partners HealthCare
Partner’s Connected Health Symposium
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Boston, MA  October 2012

Metschools
Our Education City Conference
Keynote: Necessary Conversations in Educational Culture
New York, NY  October 2012

World Business Forum
“Inspiring Ideas”
World Business Forum: The Impact of Relentless Communication
New York, NY  October 2012

The Wellfleet Conference
Featured Speaker, The Fate of Conversation
Wellfleet, MA  September 2012

Business Innovation Factory Summit
Three Stories about Reclaiming Conversation
Providence, RI  September 2012

Virginia Military Institute
Convocation Speech:  Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Lexington, VA  September 2012

ESOMAR (World Association for Market Social and Opinion Research)
Annual Congress: “Accelerating Excellence”
Opening Keynote:  Online Identities: The Person in the Machine
Atlanta, GA  September 2012

Congregation Shirat HaYam
Summer Speakers Program
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Nantucket, MA  August 2012

Chautauqua Institution
Amphitheater Lecture Series
Featured Speaker, Digital Identity
Chautauqua, NY  July 2012

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Annual Summit
The Social Web: Relationships in the Digital Age
Washington, DC  July 2012

Council of Graduate Deans
Summer Workshop
Social Networking and Technology: Opportunities and Risks
Boston, MA  July 2012

Aspen Institute
Forum for the Future of Higher Education
Social Media in Higher Education
Aspen, CO  June 2012

The Q Conference
 Alone Together
Washington, DC  April 2012

Lexington Community Education Program
Author’s Event
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Lexington, MA  April 2012

Western Illinois University
University Address
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Moline, IL  April 2012

CISE Distinguished Lecture Series
National Science Foundation
Alone Together: Technology as the Architect of Our Intimacies
Washington, DC  April 2012

Museum of Fine Arts (in collaboration with Boston Institute of Psychotherapy)
Symposium:  Are Social Networks Really Social?
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Boston, MA  April 2012
 
The Boston Athenaeum
Author’s Series
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Boston, MA  April 2012

Arizona State University
Emerge: A Conference on How Artists and Scientists Redesign the Future
Keynote: Evocative Objects
Phoenix, AZ  March 2012

SAP Global Marketing
CEO Event: The Business Value of Virtual Environments
Panelist: The Digital Brain
Miami, FL  March 2012

TED Conference 2012 (Technology, Engineering, Design)
Mainstage
Connected, but Alone?
Long Beach, CA  March 2012

Harvard University
Department of Mental Health
University Health Services Grand Rounds
Digital Life and the Developing Adolescent
Cambridge, MA  February 2012

Mount Auburn Hospital
Thursday Morning Talks
Alone Together: Intimacy and Solitude in the Digital Age
Cambridge, MA  February 2012

Rutgers University
Department of Sociology Colloquium
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
New Brunswick, NJ  February 2012

College of the Holy Cross
Campus Wide Address, sponsored by the Center for Teaching
Alone Together: The New Intimacies, Solitudes, and Ethical Dilemmas of Our Digital Age
Worcester, MA  February 2012

Calvin College
January Lecture Series
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Grand Rapids, MI  January 2012

University of California at Irvine
CIO Roundtable, Center for Digital Transformation
The Paul Merage School of Business
Life on the Net: Effects on the Workforce, Innovation and Collaboration
Irvine, CA  December 2011

University of California at Irvine
Center for Research in Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO)
Distinguished Speaker Series
Technology as the Architect of our Intimacies
Irvine, CA  November 2011

High Point University
Faculty Cultural Enrichment Series: Our On-line Lives
Campus Wide Address: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Greensboro, NC  November 2011

Texas Lutheran University
Krost Symposium
Keynote: The Effects of Technology on the Self
Seguin, TX  November 2011

Aurora University
Celebrating Arts & Ideas Series
Alone Together: Objects as the Architects of Our Intimacies
Chicago, IL  November 2011

Society on Learning and the Brain
Conference: Preparing Minds for the 21st Century
Keynote:  Alone Together: A Meditation on the Future of Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
Boston, MA  November 2011

Chicago Humanities Festival
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Chicago, IL  November 2011

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Hillel
Leading Jewish Minds @ MIT
Alone Together: Technology as the Architect of our Intimacies
Cambridge, MA  November 2011

Sarah Lawrence College
Alone Together: Cyberspace/Cybersolitudes
Bronxville, NY  October 2011

Princeton Club
Alone Together: Cyberspace/Cybersolitudes
New York, NY  October 2011

Boston Book Festival 2011
Panelist: Alone Together: Anti-Social Networks?
Boston, MA  October 2011

The Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center
Fall Conference on Remembering, Retweeting and Working Through
Keynote:  Alone Together: Social Media, Cyberintimacies and Cybersolitudes
Stockbridge, MA  October 2011

FreedomLab
Masterclass:  Alone Together
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 2011

Nexus Institute
Masterclass:  Alone Together
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 2011

Choate Rosemary Hall
Alone Together
Wallingford, CT  September 2011

Berkeley Center for New Media
Technology as the Architect of our Intimacies
Berkeley, CA  September 2011

Berkeley Art Museum
Comments on and A Conversation with the artist Desirée  Holman
Berkeley, CA  September 2011

Images & Voices of Hope World Summit
Keynote:  Mind-Full Media
Haines Falls, NY  September 2011

The Economist
Human Potential Summit: The Ideas Economy
Panelist:  “The New Office: Virtualisation and Life in the Cloud”
New York, NY  September 2011

Hampshire College
Freshman Convocation: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Amherst, MA  September 2011

Aspen Institute
Aspen Ideas Festival
Session: Growing Up Tethered
Aspen, CO  July 2011

Aspen Institute
Aspen Ideas Festival
Panelist: Knowledge Exchange: It’s a Social, Social World. Now What?
Panelist: Connectivity and Its Discontents: Opportunities and Anxieties
Aspen, CO  July 2011

London School of Economics
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
London, England  June 2011

The British Library
Panelist:  The Age of Enlightenment: Are We Too Intertwined with Technology?
London, England  June 2011

Royal Society of Arts
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
London, England  June 2011

Expo Gastao
Alone Together: The New Intimacies and Solitudes of the Digital Age
Joinville, Brazil  June 2011

Milken Institute Global Conference on Shaping the Future
Panelist:  The Attention Deficit Society: What technology is doing to our brains
Los Angeles, CA  May 2011

Yale Law School
Technology and Ethics Study Group
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
New Haven, CT  April 2011

Salem Athenaeum
The Adams Lecture
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Salem, MA  April 2011

Harvard University
The Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Alone Together: A Meditation on the Future of Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
Cambridge, MA  April 2011

University Professional & Continuing Education Association
96th Annual Conference: Doing What Matters - New Knowledge and Strategies
Keynote:  Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Toronto, Canada  April 2011

Psychotherapy Networker
Symposium 2011
Keynote:  Cyber Intimacy and Cyber Solitude
Washington, DC  March 2011

Georgia Institute of Technology
GVU Center
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Atlanta, GA  March 2011

Williams College
Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences
The Richmond Lecture:  Alone Together: New Intimacies and Solitudes in the Digital Age
Williamstown, MA  March 2011

Harvard University
Harvard Society for Mind, Brain, and Behavior
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Cambridge, MA  March 2011

Washington College
C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Chestertown, MD  February 2011

Dartmouth College
The Digital Humanities Lecture Series
with the Leslie Center for the Humanities & Computer Science at Dartmouth
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Hanover, NH  February 2011

TEDxUIUC 2011
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“New Frontiers”
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Urbana, IL  February 2011

North Carolina State University
Engineering, Policy, and Society Seminar Series
Keynote:  Computing and Communications Technologies: The Work/Life Connection
Raleigh, NC  November 2010

William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology
“Where the Wired Things Are: Children and Technology in Therapy”
Keynote Address
New York, NY  October 2010

Harvard University
Social Studies 50th Anniversary Celebration
"Social Studies and the Social Sciences"
Cambridge, MA  September 2010

Scratch @ MIT (conference)
Keynote Address 
Cambridge, MA  August 2010

Campus Technology 2010 (conference)
Keynote:  Technology as the Architect of Self: Implications for Higher Education
Boston, MA  July 2010

Harvard Extension School
The 2010 Lowell Lecture
The Tethered Life: Technology Reinvents Intimacy and Solitude
Cambridge, MA  May 2010

Washington Center for Psychoanalysis
New Directions Conference in Psychoanalytic Thinking (Being a Therapist in the 21st Century)
Technology and New Emotional States
Washington, DC  May 2010

Tufts University
Snyder Presidential Lecture
Cyberintimacies/Cybersolitudes
Medford, MA  April 2010

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Dynamic Media Institute’s Media Tech Tonic Lecture Series
Evocative Objects and the Making of Art
Boston, MA  April 2010

Brown University
Fourth Annual Seaman Family Lecture and Teaching Forum
Tethered Teens
Providence, RI  March 2010

Harvard Extension School
Centennial Celebration
"No More Teachers? No More Books? Higher Education in the Networked Age"
Cambridge, MA  November 2009

Harvard University
Kennedy School – Conference on the Future of Journalism
The Future of Journalism in a Digital Age
Cambridge, MA  October 2009

Harvard University
Kennedy School - meeting on “How to Make Money in News”
What Sensibility do Digital Natives Bring to the News?
Cambridge, MA  October 2009

Association of American Museum Directors
Keynote Address:  Evocative Objects and the Museum Experience
Philadelphia, PA  April 2009

Harvard University
Kennedy School Program on Science, Technology, and Society
Science and Democracy Lecture Series
Connected Publics: Power and Politics in a Networked Age (panel discussion)
Cambridge, MA March 2009

Boston Neuropsychoanalysis Group
Grand Rounds
New Connectivities/New Identities
Brookline, MA  February 2009

The Microsoft Corporation
Presentation to Microsoft Research on Growing Up Connnected
Seattle, WA  December 2008

The Intel Corporation
Conference on “New Research Directions”
Cyberintimacies/Cybersolitudes
Portland, OR  November 2008

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Annual Meeting
Cyberintimacies/Cybersolitudes
(Session on Adolescence in Cyberspace: Identity, Intimacy, and the Internet)
Chicago, IL  October 2008

TTI/Vanguard – “Generation Techs”
Plenary Presentation, The Vanguard Group Annual Meeting
New Technologies Across the Life Cycle
Rome, Italy   July 2008

MIT Museum
Soap Box Creativity and Innovation Series (part of the Cambridge Science Festival)
The Robotic Moment and the American Heart: What can we make of our reactions to relational, sociable robotics?
Cambridge, MA  April 2008

Harvard University
Barker Center for the Humanities
Seminar on Science and the Humanities (“Between Two Cultures”)
Cyberintimacies/Cybersolitudes
Cambridge, MA   April 2008

University of Pennsylvania
Department of the History and Sociology of Science
New inner history narratives for science studies
Philadelphia, PA   April 2008

Harvard University
Nieman Foundation for Journalism
Keynote address: Cyberintimacy/Cybersolitude: New narratives in the history of technology
Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism: Storytelling in Many Voices, Many Media
Boston, MA   March 2008

The Intel Corporation
Seminar: Nurturant Technologies
Portland, OR  February 2008

Oxford University
Conference on Artificial Companions in Society
Keynote address: Cyberintimacies/Cybersolitudes
Oxford Internet Institute
Oxford, England October 2007

University of Oregon
David and Tracey Kohen Lectureship
“Cyberintimacies”
Eugene, OR October 2007

MIT Museum
Transrobotism (Of Human-Robot Bonds)
Panelist
Cambridge, MA April 2007

American Museum of Natural History
Art/Sci Collision: Of Human-Robot Bondage
Discussion Moderator
New York, NY April 2007

The 2007 Marshall McLuhan Lecture
New York University/Consulate General of Canada
Cyberintimacies/Cybersolitudes
New York, NY  March 2007

List Gallery
Curatorial Lecture: Troubles that Try the Tethered Soul
Cambridge, MA December 2006

Stanford University
Institute for the Humanities
Cyberintimacies
Stanford, CA November 2006

Stanford University
Program in Science, Technology, and Society
New Complicities for Companionship: A Nascent Robotics Culture
Stanford, CA November 2006

American Sociological Association
101st Annual Meeting
Transgressing the Human and Non-human Boundary
The Complexities of CyberCompanionship: When Nurturance is the "Killer App"
Montreal, Canada August 2006

American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
21st National Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Human Implications of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
A Nascent Robotics Culture: New Complicities for Companionship
Boston, MA July 2006

Dartmouth College
Dartmouth Artificial Intelligence Conference
Artificial Intelligence: The Next 50 Years
Artificial Intelligence at 50: From Building Intelligence to Nurturing Sociabilities
Hanover, NH July 2006

2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Humanitarian Robotics
A Sociable Robot to Encourage Social Interaction Among the Elderly
Orlando, FL May 2006

Eastern Sociological Society
2006 Annual Meeting
Cyber Places in Our Lives
Tethered:  Cyberplaces Always on/Always on You
Boston, MA February 2006

ArtSpace
Can We Fall in Love with a Machine?
Love and Authenticity:  After We Love Our Machines, What Next?
Boston, MA February 2006

AAAI Symposium, November 2005
American Association for Artificial Intelligence
Caring Machines: AI in Eldercare
Relational Artifacts and the Elderly
Washington, DC (Crystal City, Arlington, VA)

ICCS/Cog-Sci Workshop
Toward Social Mechanisms of Android Science
Relational Artifacts, Children, and Elders:  The Complexities of CyberCompanions
Stresa, Italy July 2005

Society for Personality and Social Psychology 6th Annual Meeting
Other Minds? How People Perceive Non-Human Agents
Relational Artifacts and Life-Practice Sociabilities: What ‘Counts’ as Alive Enough to Matter?
New Orleans, LA January 2005

Humanoids 2004
Encounters with Kismet and Cog: Children’s Relationship with Humanoid Robots
Los Angeles, CA November 2004

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Teens on Screens: Development and the Technology of Play
Adolescents in Cyberspace (And Other Places in Digital Culture)
Washington, DC October 2004

Milken Institute
Global Conference: Prospering in a Changing World
The Long View: Imagining the Future
Los Angeles, CA April 2004

American Psychoanalytic Association
92nd Annual Meeting
Whither Psychoanalysis in Digital Culture?
Boston, MA June 2003

Yale University
Institute for Social and Policy Studies
Ethics and Technology Working Research Group
Robots, Virtual Worlds, and the Evolution of Social Sensibilities
New Haven, CT May 2003

Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Program on Science, Technology and Society
Science and Society Colloquium Series
Mediated Citizenship: Representation in a Digital Age
Cambridge, MA February 2003

Camden Technology Conference
POP!Tech 2002:  Artificial Worlds
How Artificial Worlds Are Leading Us to Redefine Ourselves
Camden, Maine October 2002

Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Harvard-Ross Seminar on Globalization and Education
Globalization and New Ways of Knowing
Cambridge, MA October 2002

Sigmund Freud Museum
30th Anniversary Freud Lecture
Psychoanalytic Culture and Computer Culture
Vienna, Austria May 2002

World Economic Forum
Identity in a Global World
Science: A Source of Security of Vulnerability?
New York, NY February 2002

Institute for Advanced Study
School of Social Science
Lecture series on Information Technology, New Media and the Social Sciences
Intimate Machines: Human Identity and "Affective" Computing
Princeton, NJ March 2001

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Toys of Tomorrow: Thinking Outside of the Toybox Symposium
How Gender and Licensing Concerns Affect How Toys Are Designed
Cambridge, MA May 2000

World Economic Forum
Digital Brainstorming
Individuals, Community, and the Network Society
Technology Malign? Danger Zones in the Network Society
Self-identity in the Network Society
Davos, Switzerland February 1997

Art Futura
Conference on “Global Mind”
Computers, Art, and the Culture of Stimulation
Barcelona, Spain March 1992