Brian X. Chen explains how the iPhone is opening the door to what he calls the "always-on" future, where we are all constantly connected to a global Internet via flexible, incredibly capable gadgets that allow us to do anything, anytime, from anywhere. In Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future—and Locked Us In, he explains the far-reaching implications of this future—both positive and negative—throughout all areas of our lives.
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For many in the U.S., life without a cellphone is all but unimaginable. But if you think you’ve maxed out its utility, a look towards Japan shows your cell can do so much more. OTM producer Mark Phillips phones it in from Tokyo.
The advent of new technologies like text messaging and online social networking makes it easier to connect with friends far and wide, but at what cost? We talk with literary critic William Deresiewicz about the repercussions of hyper-connectivity and a generation that, he argues, seems unable to tolerate solitude and quiet reflection.