Digital nature used to be frowned upon, but the pandemic has shown that experiences of nature via a screen can play an important role in stress reduction. My 2013 book 'Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace' explored the reasons behind this apparently contradictory effect, and in this talk I will revisit and discuss them.
Happy 2021. This year I will be on mute. Everyone is making a great effort to be cheerful and positive today, and we really need that. Thank you. But my own impulse is to go on mute, at least for a while.
We're all familiar with the generic wallpapers Zoom provides to brighten up the virtual room, but, the next time you're peering at the shimmering outlines of your colleagues against swaying palm trees and breaking waves on a Caribbean island, think about how great it would be to have your own secret garden right there on your desk. I tried it this week, and it's gorgeous!