How do you ethically steer the thoughts and actions of two billion people’s minds every day?
Called the “closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience,” by The Atlantic magazine, Tristan Harris spent three years as a Google Design Ethicist developing a framework for how technology should “ethically” steer the thoughts and actions of billions of people from screens. He is now co-founder & president of the Center for Humane Technology, whose mission is to reverse ‘human downgrading’ and re-align technology with humanity. Additionally, he is co-host of the Center for Humane Technology's Your Undivided Attention podcast with co-founder Aza Raskin.
Rolling Stone magazine named Tristan one of “25 People Shaping the World,” and was named in Fortune’s 40 under 40 of 2018 for his work on reforming technology. In 2016, Tristan left Google to work on reforming the attention economy with the non-profit initiative, Time Well Spent which called out the industry’s “race to the bottom of the brain stem” to capture attention and proposed design solutions. In January 2018, Mark Zuckerberg embraced “time well spent” as a design goal for Facebook, and in May 2018, Apple and Google each launched “Digital Well-being” initiatives and Screen Time features now shipping on iOS and Android phones.
Tristan’s work has been featured on TED, The Atlantic, 60 Minutes, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Wall Street Journal and many more. Tristan has briefed Heads of State, technology company CEOs, and members of U.S. Congress about the attention economy.
“Tristan Harris is probably the strongest voice in technology pointing where the industry needs to go. This is a call to arms and everyone needs to hear him now."
–– Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce
Your Undivided Attention is a podcast from the Center for Humane Technology co-founders Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin where they explore how technology has manipulated human nature and warped our world.
Technology companies are locked in an arms race to seize our attention, and that race is tearing apart the social fabric.
In each episode, Tristan and Aza interview experts on human nature and the ways technology impacts society – ranging from how technology influences attention spans, drives addiction, spreads rumors and disinformation, topples democracies – and explore potential ways we might fix it.