Mornings With TED – Mind Control

1. Do you have a smart phone?
2. Do you use the internet?
3. Favorite thing about the internet?

A look back with Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Michael Wesch at KSU:

Tristan Harris has been called “the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience” by The Atlantic magazine. Prior to founding the new Center for Humane Technology, he was Google’s Design Ethicist, developing a framework for how technology should “ethically” steer the thoughts and actions of billions of people from screens.

Harris has spent a decade understanding the invisible influences that hijack human thinking and action. Drawing on literature from addiction, performative magic, social engineering, persuasive design and behavioral economics, he is currently developing a framework for ethical persuasion, especially as it relates to the moral responsibility of technology companies…Harris has briefed heads of state, technology company CEOs and members of the US Congress about the attention economy. Full Bio


Technology is not neutral, and it becomes this race to the bottom of the brain stem of who can go lower to get it.-Tristan Harris

Thoughts & Questions for Discussion:
• Are you comfortable with the amount of time you spend with your devices?
• Do you feel you are being used, manipulated, or controlled by technology?
• Is the internet “out of control” ?
• Can we fix it?
• Can we make it ethical?
• Can we ever “trust” it?

More Resources & Ideas:
Data Isn’t the New Oil
Programmer Ethics
TED Talk by James Bridle
TED Talk by Scott Galloway

• Tristan Harris – Center for Humane Technology
• Simon Sinek & Jim Kwik – Speech
• TED Radio Hour – Attention Please

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