How Technology Changes Who You Are & The Nuts and Bolts of Making Friends


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By Mike Carruthers / OmniCastMedia / Westwood One Podcast Network / and Mike Carruthers / OmniCast Media / Cumulus Podcast Network. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

How many times have you opened up a new box with electronics or shoes or maybe even some beef jerky and found one of those silica gel packs? If you look closely, they usually have warnings not to eat them - that doing so could be hazardous to your health. So, what exactly would happen if you did eat one of them? Just how dangerous are they? This episode begins with an explanation.

For a few centuries now, humans have been interacting with machines in all kinds of ways. In the process, those interactions have changed who we are and how we live. As machines become more advanced with robotics and AI, our interactions with those machines will become deeper and more intimate. In some cases, it already has. Could we one day actually have relationships with machines - could robots actually be our friends - or even lovers? Debora Spar believes the ways humans and machines relate to each other is something we should all be interested in. Debora is a professor of business admin at Harvard Business school, former president of Barnard College. She is also author of the book Work, Mate, Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny ( and she joins me to offer some fascinating insight into how machines have and continue to change us.

Everyone knows Santa but we don’t know much about Mrs. Claus. Listen as I explain who she is and why we seem to know so little about this mysterious woman who helps keep Santa’s workshop buzzing.

People report that they have fewer friends and feel more isolated than in previous generations. Especially around the holidays, that feeling of isolation can really sting. And the only solution is to connect with people. But how do you do that if it doesn’t come easily to you? Psychologist Dr. Elicia Nademin joins me to offer simple yet effective ways to connect with the people around you that will make you feel great and who know -- could lead to friendship or even romance. Dr. Nademin is author of the book Don’t Be A Stranger: Creating Connections & Memorable First Impressions in Every Day Life (


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