The Digital Human, a new Radio 4 series about technology and modern life begins next Monday, and I’m very excited to be presenting it. It will take seven broad themes of modern living – including memory, privacy, serendipity (of course) and faith – to understand how advances in technology have changed our lives.
Digital technologies have become mundane, invisible for many people. This series takes a step back from the frantic iterations of “progress” to see how far we’ve come.
Here’s the blurb:
[Aleks] asks what the deluge of images from digital photography means for memory when every second is recorded, edited and posted online for posterity; whether the identities created in social media are merely exercises in personal branding to be managed and protected like any other product; and, as traditional churches attempt to leverage technology to spread their faith, do the behaviours people display online have more in common with religion than rationality.
I’m working with a team of talented folks at BBC Scotland: David Stenhouse, Peter McManus, Victoria McArthur, Kate Bissell and Elizabeth Duffy who have been very patient with me while I’ve been hidden in the highlands of Scotland finishing (ahem) my book.
I will be tweeting about it with the hashtag #digihuman, and the official site – when it launches – will feature a remarkable archive of the content and interviews that we’ve used to create each episode.
The Digital Human broadcasts for seven weeks at 1630 from Monday 30th April.