Tiffany Shlain wants us all to unplug our gadgets every now and again

Tiffany Shlain, the Emmy-nominated filmmaker and host of AOL's The Future Starts Here is steeped in technology. That's why it may surprise you to learn that she insists that her family, for one day each week, ditches their smartphones and tablets to indulge in a simpler life. These "technology shabbats" are one of the ways that she's learned to unplug, relax and reconnect with her humanity. In her mind, technology's enormous power for good is great, but it's also dangerous -- shortening our attention spans and sending our amygdalae into overdrive.

We sat down with the futurist here at CES to cover a multitude of topics, including a growing fatigue with junk data and the sheer quantity of digital services that govern our lives now. She believes that it won't be long before people swing back the other way and fall back in love with wooden gadgets like her new ukulele. If you'd like a short primer on the philosophy of technology and a lesson in how to embrace the slow tech movement, then check out the full interview.

In Conversation with Tiffany Shlain

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