Tristan Harris

Entrepreneur, philosopher, humane tech activist
“How do you ethically steer the thoughts and actions of three billion people’s minds everyday?”

About Tristan

From his childhood as a magician, to his coursework in Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab and later as a Design Ethicist at Google, Tristan has explored the influences that hijack human attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs. He has spent his career studying how today’s major technology platforms wield dangerous power over our ability to make sense of the world.

“Harris is the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience.”The Atlantic

Named to the TIME 100 “Next Leaders Shaping the Future” and Rolling Stone Magazine’s “25 People Shaping the World,” Tristan is Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Center for Humane Technology (CHT), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to align technology with humanity’s best interests.

Tristan was also the primary subject of the two-time Emmy winning Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, which unveiled the hidden machinations behind social media and reached over 100 million people worldwide, streaming in 190 countries in 30 languages.

He is currently the co-host of Your Undivided Attention, consistently among the top-rated technology podcasts on Apple Podcasts. In it, he explores how social media’s race for attention is destabilizing society while offering insights into potential solutions.

He has briefed heads of state, technology company CEOs, and US Congress members, in addition to mobilizing millions of people around the world through mainstream media.

Learn more about Tristan’s work and get involved at the Center for Humane Technology.

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Center for Humane Technology (CHT) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to align technology with humanity’s best interests. CHT's work illuminates the systemic harms of the attention economy, including internet addiction, mental health issues, political extremism, political polarization, and misinformation.

CHT envisions a future where technology respects our attention and human limits while strengthening communities, critical institutions, global democratic functioning, and our ability to make sense of the world.

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Press Highlights

60 Minutes

Brain Hacking

April 9, 2017
The Joe Rogan Experience

#1736 - Tristan Harris & Daniel Schmachtenberger

November 18, 2021

Podcast: Your Undivided Attention

Tristan Harris is the co-host of the popular tech podcast, Your Undivided Attention, along with co-host Aza Raskin. Produced by the Center for Humane Technology and a proud member of the TED Audio Collective, the podcast explores the incredible power that technology has over our lives — and how we can use it to catalyze a more humane future.

Join us every other Thursday as we confront challenges and explore solutions with a wide-range of thought leaders and change-makers.

Recommended Episodes

The Social Dilemma

2X Emmy-Winning Film

Never before have a handful of tech designers had such control over the way billions of us think, act, and live our lives.

Watch and share The Social Dilemma with people you care about.

“It is the most consequential documentary I have seen in the past three or four years… It is mind-blowing.”
“Remarkably effective in sounding the alarm about the incursion of data mining and manipulative technology into our social lives and beyond.”
“Perhaps the single most lucid, succinct, and profoundly terrifying analysis of social media ever created for mass consumption.”