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.