We conducted a technical platform assessment and landscape analysis to evaluate the current state of digital storytelling. We explored the power of narrative and networked communication to expand reach and influence. We also identified unmet supply and demand needs in the field and opportunities for innovation.We heard from journalists how digital media is introducing new topics into the public dialogue and giving stories longer life cycles than before.

Think: Harvis.

Behind all the investments in retailing is one of the technology industry’s favorite buzzwords: “user experience.” It reflects a belief that companies need to obsess not only over details of product design, but also the environment in which the products are presented to the public.

Some also call it “customer journey.”

… the next wave of mobile technologies will also allow identification — and subsequent in-person personal service — to be voluntarily activated via RFID, branded ‘beacon’ apps, voice commands or facial recognition. As long as these technologies are used to create truly human connections, they will be ultimately welcomed.

I would include emotional in addition to personal connection.

Kids learn empathy in part through eye contact and gaze. If kids are learning empathy through eye contact, and our eye contact is with devices, they will miss out on empathy.

At first, I thought this article was going to be about focus and the backlash of the always-on lifestyle. But it was more about parenting and a frightening trend around technology.

And they need to be able to think independently of a device. “They need to be able to explore their imagination. To be able to gather themselves and know who they are. So someday they can form a relationship with another person without a panic of being alone,” she said. “If you don’t teach your children to be alone, they’ll only know how to be lonely.”

And not just alone… but bored. Boredom can lead to thinking… and even creativity.