The promise of technology has always been about happiness in one form or another. Technology aspires to make tiresome chores go faster, to help people get better at their work, and to augment human abilities. And yet, research suggests that technology has a strong negative impact on our lives. We all struggle a little with being human in the digital age.
How can we start designing toward long-term well-being rather than short-term goals of attention and conversion? Just as countries are measuring well-being and companies are looking more closely at employee happiness, technology can begin to look at techniques for measuring and cultivating happiness. Learn how to apply that latest thinking in positive psychology, emotional design, and practical ethics to design everyday technologies that contribute to personal and collective well-being.
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Pamela Pavliscak is founder of Change Sciences, a design research company. She has worked with Adecco, Ally, Audible, Corcoran, Digitas, eMusic, IEEE, NBC Universal, The New York Public Library, McGarry Bowen, Prudential, Sanofi-Aventis, Sealy, VEVO, and many other smart companies. She has taught at Parsons School of Design and is an advisor to the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science.
Her work is part ethnography, part data science, part behavioral psychology. When she’s not talking to strangers about their experiences online or sifting through messy data for patterns, she is writing about our conflicted relationship with technology. As a speaker, she has presented at SXSW and Collision.
Pamela is based in New York City, lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley, and works all over. She’s on twitter @paminthelab and blogs at Change Sciences.
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