Tristan is a design thinker, philosopher and entrepreneur.
Called the “closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience,” by Atlantic magazine, Tristan Harris was formerly a design ethicist at Google and now is a leader in Time Well Spent, a movement to align technology with our humanity. Time Well Spent aims to heighten consumer awareness about how technology shapes our minds, empower consumers with better ways to use technology and change business incentives and design practices to align with humanity’s best interest.
Tristan is an avid researcher of what influences human behavior, beliefs and interpersonal dynamics. He is researching and exploring a framework for what it means to ethically influence human minds and interpersonal interactions at scale – as technology designers do.
Previously, Tristan was CEO of Apture, which Google acquired in 2011. Apture enabled millions of users to get instant, on-the-fly explanations across a publisher network of a billion page views per month.
Tristan holds several patents from his work at Apple, Wikia, Apture and Google. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Computer Science, focused on Human Computer Interaction, while dabbling in behavioral economics, social psychology, behavior change and habit formation in Professor BJ Fogg’s Stanford Persuasive Technology lab.
Notable Awards & Mentions:
- Rated #16 in Inc Magazine’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in 2009
- Stanford Mayfield Fellow in Entrepreneurship
Read his most popular essay How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds – from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (15 min read) – in French, Portuguese, Arabic and Mandarin.
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