Tristan Harris is the co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology. He regularly speaks about the impact of technology on society. He focuses on the psychology and design effort that goes into many of the technology platforms we use every day, with the explicit goal shaping our behavior, opinions and the way we spend our time.
Tristan spent 2 hours talking with Tim Ferris on Tim’s podcast last week. If you build user-facing products powered by technology, or you are interested in how technology is shaping our lives, this is a valuable conversation. Tristan is one of the most thoughtful speakers on this topic in the world today.
There are real-world policy implications to many of the issues he has been focused on, and some of the rumblings you’ve been hearing about breaking up companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon tie back to the topics Tristan covers here.
The first 45 minutes focus on Tristan’s early years in magic and meditation. It’s interesting, but if you want to jump into the technology discussion, it starts at the 48:50 mark.