The Lonely Century in WIRED Briefings

In the WIRED briefing, WIRED editor-in-chief Greg Williams and previous WIRED Smarter speaker, Noreena Hertz, who is a renowned economist and author of The Lonely Century (one of WIRED’s picks for the best books of 2020) explore why this is the lonely century, how we got here and what each of us can do to help reduce loneliness for ourselves and our communities.

Even before the global pandemic, loneliness was well on its way to defining life in the twenty-first century. The increased use of technology, the reorganisation of companies, and the decades of neoliberal policies that have placed self-interest above the collective good all enable the world to be more connected – but are leaving societies more fragmented.

Watch this WIRED briefing to learn solutions to combat loneliness that we can apply at home, at work and in our neighbourhoods, from finding ways to reinvigorate our communities to examining innovative models for urban life, and putting the case for compassionate AI.