A pioneer of wearable technology explains how it can connect instead of divide us

By Jenny Anderson

“Are you embedded in your social surroundings?” This is the “core” question, says Alex “Sandy” Pentland, head of the Human Dynamics group at MIT Media Lab.

It may seem like an odd question for a technologist who has had a major influence on the development of the Fitbit and Google Glass, devices that insert technology between us and the world. Pentland, however, argues it’s a natural extension of his 40 years of experience in the field.

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