Tech Topic: Tristan Harris on Time Well Spent

TECH

8.13.16

Here’s a guy you need to know about.

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.

In 2016, Tristan left Google to work full-time on reforming the attention economy with the non-profit initiative, Time Well Spent. Time Well Spent aims to catalyze a rapid, coordinated change among technology companies through public advocacy, the development of ethical design standards, design education and policy recommendations to protect minds from nefarious manipulation.

Watch his TED talk about how the tech companies work to steal your attention.

And here he is on 60 Minutes.