The heart of tech

This article was published on August 26, 2011


    Have you ever faked a trip to the bathroom to text or email?

    Have you ever faked a trip to the bathroom to text or email?
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers

    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    I have. In fact, the Foursquare bathroom check-in is my signature move. And so has Tiffany Shlain, the Director of a the film “Connected,” which arrives in theaters this October. The film takes a first hand look at our complicated relationship with modern technology– how it has both the power to both connect us and detach.

    In many ways, “Connected” is the ultimate collaboration between Shlain and her late father, Leonard, a surgeon and bestselling author (The Alphabet and the Goddess) whose works explored the conflict between the right brain (masculine, factual) and left brain (feminine, emotional) and how it shaped human history.

    In “Connected,” Shlain takes her father’s ideas one step further, revealing how modern technology is rewiring the brain to create greater balance between its left and right hemispheres, and potentially, in society as a whole. Using animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain intricately weaves seemingly disparate ideas and life-changing personal events into a cohesive, powerful meditation on love, death, and technology.

    Previous to a film career, Shlain founded The Webby Awards in 1996 and helped launch the National Day of Unplugging in 2010. You can get a sneak peek at “Connected” by watching the trailer here: