tristan harris

tristan harris

intro’d to Tristan here:

Distracted? Let’s make technology that helps us spend our time well | TEDxBrussels|2014

on time we spend

as the day

we need to restore choice.

we want to have a relationship with technology that gives us back choice.

we need help from designers.. because knowing this doesn’t help..

we’re bulldozing each other’s attention left and right – 23 min to refocus – conditions and trains us to interrupt ourselves, every 3.5 min

5 min – nancy puts a message out.. john sends message..

like the necklaces in the be you house

goal of chat: easy to send message..  let’s change it to – let’s create highest quality communicaiton


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I work on Design Ethics @ Google. Also entrepreneur, design thinker, philosopher.


pay attention to world clive

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app\chip ness

watch as verb

revolution of everyday life

a nother way


how tech hacks mind.. aka: spinach or rock ness

Western Culture is built around ideals of individual choice and freedom. Millions of us fiercely defend our right to make “free” choices, while..

we ignore how we’re manipulated upstream by limited menus we didn’t choose.

This is exactly what magicians do. They give people the illusion of free choice while architecting the menu so that they win, no matter what you choose.

I can’t emphasize how deep this insight is.

The “most empowering” menu is different than the menu that has the most choices. But when we blindly surrender to the menus we’re given, it’s easy to lose track of the difference

If you’re an app, how do you keep people hooked? Turn yourself into a slot machine.

So when Marc tags me, he’s actually responding to Facebook’s suggestion, not making an independent choice.


somebody’s fb share (don’t remember who) – article on Justin and Tristan and others.. 2017

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention

like Rosenstein, several years ago put in place the building blocks of a digital world from which they are now trying to disentangle themselves. “It is very common,” Rosenstein says, “for humans to develop things with the best of intentions and for them to have unintended, negative consequences.”

Harris is the student who went rogue; a whistleblower of sorts, he is lifting the curtain on the vast powers accumulated by technology companies and the ways they are using that influence.

“I don’t know a more urgent problem than this,” Harris says. “It’s changing our democracy, and it’s changing our ability to have the conversations and relationships that we want with each other.”

let’s try this..

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way