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As Writing and the Gutenberg Press Changed the World, Are Apps Creating an App Generation? Howard Gardner & Katie Davis

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But if we become dependent and reliant on apps to make our decisions for us, if we look to them first before we look inside ourselves in terms of showing us where we should be going, what sorts of experiences we should be having, who we should be interacting with, then we say that's using apps and technology in an app dependent way.  So there's that distinction where one is more agential, and the other one you're giving up your agency.  

H.G.: Also if I could just add here if you go to any kind of a site for suggestions about what to do, the assumption ought to be that you're getting things straight from the people who use the site but we now know there's an enormous amount of manipulation that goes on, some of it trying to cater to your taste, but others people just sending lots of stuff in. I mean, our book has just been available on Amazon for a brief period of time and there are just a couple of reviews there and as far as I know these are genuine reviews; on the other hand I recently got a note from a colleague's spouse sent to hundreds of people saying please rate this book favorably because it's very important, and that's fairly amateurish but you know, if you have a lot of disposable income it's probably quite easy to manipulate those ratings and then you're dependent not only on the app but on knowing that it has been manipulated. And that's kind of frightening to me.  

R.K.: Absolutely.  Katie mentioned Yelp and I use Yelp a lot but what I've learned is if you just typed in search for a restaurant nearby, you don't get them in order of which ones are the closest, they could miles away and it could be number one and I think it's because they sell advertising.  

It's just like if you go to Google and do a search, the first couple ones are paid results and then the rest of the results come afterwards.  So what I've learned with Yelp in particular is I have to go in to the filtering settings and say "I want this in order of distance from where I am" and I think there are a lot of apps like that, you really don't even know.  

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Part of the matter of holding on to our agency with apps is understanding how apps work and controlling the apps even, but I do go way beyond that and you do go in to talking about the Three I's, let's go there with that.  Katie?

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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