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 Roger.. 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


Tristan Harris (@tristanharris) tweeted at 10:18 PM – 7 Jan 2018 :

ICYMI: I HIGHLY recommend reading Roger McNamee’s huge piece in Washington Monthly detailing my work with him, @noUpside (and so many others behind the scenes) to defend democracy from the “maximal manipulation” model of social media.

I recommend that Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others be required to contact each person touched by Russian content with a personal message that says, “You, and we, were manipulated by the Russians. This really happened, and here is the evidence.” The message would include every Russian message the user received.

This idea, which originated with my colleague Tristan Harris, is based on experience with cults. When you want to deprogram a cult member, it is really important that the call to action come from another member of the cult, ideally the leader.

Eighth, and finally, we should consider that the time has come to revive the country’s traditional approach to monopoly. Since the Reagan era, antitrust law has operated under the principle that monopoly is not a problem so long as it doesn’t result in higher prices for consumers. Under that framework, Facebook and Google have been allowed to dominate several industries—not just search and social media but also email, video, photos, and digital ad sales, among others—increasing their monopolies by buying potential rivals like YouTube and Instagram. While superficially appealing, this approach ignores costs that don’t show up in a price tag. Addiction to Facebook, YouTube, and other platforms has a cost. Election manipulation has a cost. Reduced innovation and shrinkage of the entrepreneurial economy has a cost. All of these costs are evident today. We can quantify them well enough to appreciate that the costs to consumers of concentration on the internet are unacceptably high.

how about we make monopoly irrelevant by modeling a nother way to live.. sans money


part of time well spent team

[new name.. center for humane tech.. so added new page.. and will be adding updates there..]


via Howard fb share:

Early Facebook and Google employees form coalition to fight what they built

“The largest supercomputers in the world are inside of two companies — Google and Facebook — and where are we pointing them?” Mr. Harris said. “We’re pointing them at people’s brains, at children.”

The new Center for Humane Technology includes an unprecedented alliance of former employees of some of today’s biggest tech companies. Apart from Mr. Harris, the center includes Sandy Parakilas, a former Facebook operations manager; Lynn Fox, a former Apple and Google communications executive; Dave Morin, a former Facebook executive; Justin Rosenstein, who created Facebook’s Like button and is a co-founder of Asana; Roger McNamee, an early investor in Facebook; and Renée DiResta, a technologist who studies bots.

He said the people who made these products could stop them before they did more harm… “This is an opportunity for me to correct a wrong,” Mr. McNamee said.


Saul Kaplan (@skap5) tweeted at 6:02 AM – 7 Feb 2018 :

Tech titans are ‘good people guided by a very bad business model’. @tristanharris #HumaneDesign (

thinking.. good people guided by a business model

10 day cares .. killing us.. et al