When we don’t talk, we talk about what we can’t, says David Boulton

The future of our communication is increasingly reliant on horizontal communication, a practice that has been in existence for thousands of years.

As we grow older and our communication skills decline, we are often left with a choice: be able to talk to the people we love, or not.

But as technology becomes ever more pervasive, is it time to stop talking to those we don, or is it better to do it with someone close?

David Bouston talks with Althia Raj for a wide-ranging conversation about the future of communication and why we are now entering the age of the “digital person.”

1 of 2 Full Screen Autoplay Close Skip Ad × A look at the new generation of digital nomads View Photos From remote island communities to the new wave of tech-savvy nomads, these nomads have made their mark.

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Caption From remote Island communities to a new wave on the West Coast, these men and women have made a mark.

From left: Ryan Gulland, 26, who works at a company that helps companies design, develop, and deploy new products; Andrew Wahlstrom, 26; Chris Hutton, 21; and Adam Hildreth, 27.

Andrew Wällstrom, 27, works for an insurance company in Oregon.

He works from home.

Adam Higginson, 27; Adam Wahlström, 25; and Chris Huggins, 20.

They live in a small cabin in the hills of the Northwest Territories.

Their homes are small and quiet, with no internet or phone.

The cabin has a flat screen TV and a few computers on a table.

They talk to each other through a window and through a book.

Their favorite books are Thomas Hardy, J.D. Salinger, and David Foster Wallace.

Adam Wäldstrom works at the same insurance company, but works from a different location.

He lives with his girlfriend in Canada.

He also has a camera that he uses to take video of his adventures.

He calls it a camera drone, because it’s so small that he can’t get a good shot of the ground.

He uses it to film himself exploring the forest.

“If I have an idea, I can film it on video and send it to my partner to edit and publish it on my website.

And then I can share it with my family and friends.”

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