There is an old joke that talking to yourself is first sign of madness but we now know its an essential mental tool . So how much of what we do online is that same inner speech?

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Professor Charles Fernyhough

Professor Charles Fernyhough

Charles Fernyhough is a psychologist, writer and Professor of Psychology at Durham University. The focus of his recent scientific work has been in applying ideas from mainstream developmental psychology to the study of psychosis, particularly the phenomenon of voice-hearing. His latest non-fiction book is The Voices Within: The history and science of how we talk to ourselves.


Charles tells us about his research about inner speech, the benefits of talking to ourselves and shares his thoughts on how technology can augment this little understood part of human nature.

Eugenia Kuyda

Eugenia Kuyda

Eugenia Kuyda, is co-founder of the AI startup Luka. When her friend Roman died, she created an AI that was fed with every text and communication she could find from him so that the bot would speak with a voice that sounded like her friend. It worked so well she was inspired to create Replika, an AI that will learn to mimic it’s user.


Eugenia shares her story of how she came to create Replika, and tells us what talking to a bot doppleganger will teach us about ourselves.

Lauren Marks

Lauren Marks

Lauren Marks is an actor and author of "A Stitch of Time" is her first book, a memoir about how a brain aneurysm changed her life in an instant.


She tells us how, when she woke up, she found she had lost her inner speech, and with it her sense of self.

Casey Newton

Casey Newton

Casey Newton is writer living in San Francisco. I moved here in 2010 to cover technology for the business desk of the San Francisco Chronicle, and later became a senior writer at CNET. In 2013 I joined The Verge, where I am a senior editor leading our coverage of Silicon Valley. CNewton.org is my personal blog, and I use it as a kind of rolling portfolio of the more substantive pieces I write.

Sarah Outen

Sarah Outen

Sarah Outen is an adventurer by land and sea, bestselling author and motivational speaker. In November 2015 Sarah completed her most recent major expedition: London2London:Via the World, an attempt to row, cycle and kayak 25000 miles around the Northern Hemisphere.


She tells us how talking to herself got her through the most perilous and exhausting parts of her round the world adventure, and how an entire cast of inner voices allowed her to deal with negative emotions and give herself a boost when needed most.