Tristan Harris: How better tech could protect us from distraction
Tristan Harris - Design thinker, philosopher, entrepreneur
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I probably obsess over it.
because these days,
kind of slip away from me,
parts of my life are slipping away.
of my time get slipped away
an email like this, right?
what if it's a bad photo?
to click "See photo,"
is spend the next 20 minutes.
this is what's going to happen,
that's what's going to happen
from doing it again the next time.
and I pull down to refresh,
why this is happening.
more money in the United States
and baseball combined?
amounts of money?
how this works -- and I'm a designer,
the psychology of this works,
with this all-or-nothing relationship
and distracted all the time,
a relationship with technology
about how we spend time with it,
help from designers,
and she's working on a document,
for that document before I forget."
bulldozing each other's attention,
we interrupt each other,
two different projects
to the original thing we were doing.
combined with Microsoft research,
that it actually trains bad habits.
to interrupt ourselves.
every three-and-a-half minutes.
Nancy again on the left,
"I need to send Nancy that document."
he has this thought,
before he forgets.
so that Nancy can still focus,
off of his mind.
if one last thing is true,
that if something is truly important,
accidental or mindless interruptions,
for both Nancy and John,
we're doing here, too.
the question we're answering.
to send a message" --
a message to someone --
deeper and a human value,
possible quality communication
actually care about this?
about what these deeper human goals are?
designers and Thich Nhat Hanh.
spokesperson for mindfulness meditation.
you have a bunch of tech geeks;
shaved heads, Buddhist monks.
the deepest human values,
of technology look like
for the deepest questions
on listening more deeply
that might be accidentally abrasive --
happen in the real world,
Couchsurfing is a website
who are looking for a place to stay
who's trying to offer it.
for if you work at Couchsurfing?
it's to match guests with hosts.
our goal with messaging before,
to deliver a message.
positive experiences and relationships
about this was in 2007,
a corresponding measurement
those two people spent together,
hours were in those days --
those two people spend together?
that time together,
with this person that you met?
from those positive hours
people spent on the website,
"Good Times" created.
existed, had Couchsurfing not existed.
to come to work every day
of hours in people's lives
that would have never existed
about to do at work today?
that worked this way?
in terms of cooking nights organized
that you were glad you read,
you weren't glad you read
that you didn't like?
in terms of connections created
of the job offers that people got
people spent on the website.
of swipes left and right people did,
fulfilling connections people created.
that worked this way,
to value things a different way.
just based on price;
is a different kind of building
of environmental sustainability.
like that for technology?
whose entire purpose and goal
contributions to human life?
value it a different way,
premium shelf space on app stores.
that helped route you
to live and create that world?
contribution to human life.
conversation about that.
doing so well to start with,
you can redefine design.
than many people in your organization
that all of us live by.
and this higher value
that works this way.
until the consumer demand was there.
until the consumer demand was there.
this new kind of technology.
from a world that's driven and run
About the speaker:Tristan Harris - Design thinker, philosopher, entrepreneur
Tristan Harris helps the technology industry more consciously and ethically shape the human spirit and human potential.
Why you should listen
Tristan Harris co-founded the movement for Time Well Spent to spark an important conversation to about the kind of future we want from the technology industry. Instead of a "time spent" economy where apps and websites compete for how much time they take from us, it aims to create an ecosystem competing to help us live by our values and spend time well.
Harris was a design ethicist and product philosopher at Google until 2016, where he studied how technology influences a billion users'attention, well-being and behavior. He led design sprints with product teams, including a meeting between Google's lead product designers and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, international spokesperson for Mindfulness.
Previously, Harris was CEO and co-founder of Apture, which Google bought in 2011. Apture enabled millions of users to get instant, on-the-fly explanations without leaving their place, across a publisher network of a billion page views per month.
Harris holds several patents from his previous career at Apple, Wikia, Apture and Google. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Computer Science, focused on Human Computer Interaction, while dabbling in behavioral economics, social psychology, behavior change and habit formation in Professor BJ Fogg's Stanford Persuasive Technology lab.
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