Author Scott Britz-Cunningham looks at the impact of ‘interface’ technology

Scott Britz-Cunningham poses with a copy of his upcoming novel, "interface."

Chicago native Scott Britz-Cunningham moved to Worcester a few years ago to study nuclear medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center, but he didn’t stop working when he came home at night. Britz-Cunningham has written three science thrillers over the past 10 years, the latest of which, The Interface, came out in early November. Last Call sat down with Britz-Cunningham to learn about the inspiration behind “Interface,” the balance between medical work and writing, and his home city.

Can you tell us about the “interface”?

When I saw this couple sitting together in a restaurant, I got a little pissed off. They ordered a nice dinner and looked like a good couple, but they just sat there glued to their phones and didn’t even talk. I started thinking that this technology we have is changing us. It’s changing the way we interact, it’s changing our relationships, our societies, our politics, everything. I decided to write a book about it. What I’ve done is, I’ve taken it to the extreme to show what might happen in the future if this trend continues and there’s nothing to turn it back. I envision a world where people gave up all their cell phones and now have an implant directly in their brains so they can connect to each other 24/7. You can’t turn it off, you can’t really get rid of it. What would happen if society was like this?

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