Aleks Krotoski explores what technology tells us about ouselves and the age we live in. In this first programme; is the digital world allowing us to be more altruistic than ever?
So can true altruism exist online? With all the stories of cyber-bullying and trolling it's very easy to forget the random acts of kindness that the technology also allows. Aleks explores some amazing stories of online altruism. But when no good deed goes unpublished and you can keep score of your goodness through 'followers', 'likes' and the accompanying boosts to ego and reputation is truly selfless altruism online an impossibility? And in the end, if good gets done does it matter?
Contributors: Primatologist Frans De Waal, Psychologist Dana Kilsanin, Founder of Random acts of pizza Daniel Rodgers, YouTube DIY guru Chez Rossi
Producer: Peter McManus.
Frans de Waal
Primatologist Frans de Waal, author of 'The Bonobo and the Atheist' talks to Aleks about altruism is a product of human evolution, and can be observed in our closest genetic relatives. http://www.psychology.emory.edu/nab/dewaal/
Rick O'Gorman, evolutionary social physchologist at the University of Essex. http://www.essex.ac.uk/psychology/department/people/ogorman.html His research focuses on how we choose who we’re going to help.
Jack Skirianos, the transplant patient who reached out to the internet for help when he most desperately needed it, and got a reply. http://www.reddit.com/r/boston/comments/187gj0/rboston_can_you_help_a_guy_with_a_kidney/