How technology is designed to bring out the worst in us
“Technology feels disempowering because we haven’t built it around an honest view of human nature,” says tech critic Tristan Harris.
Tristan Harris a founder of Apture, which went on to be acquired by Google. Now, when I was reading a backstory on Tristan Harris, it sounded like he reached the peak! Creating a company, then having that company bought by Google. Yet, once he was inside Google he noticed the consistent drive to ‘better’ their products. More use, easier interactions, more integrations. What was all this doing though?
Tristan noted that through all of the improvements and tweaks that Google was making to their projects, it created a loop where users are more ‘addicted’ to their technology and in turn, more disconnected from reality and the world around them.
Harris has gone on to co-found the Center for Human Technology. He aims to make a difference in the way that Silicon Valley and Tech companies create their innovations. Technology has a lot of upsides, but what are the downsides?
I am interested in what you guys think of Tristan’s case? And, if you think that it is something that can be ‘reversed’.