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Databite No. 58: Tristan Harris

an ethical attention economy


October 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Data & Society
36 West 20th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY, 10011

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Tristan Harris on Designing an “Ethical” Attention Economy for Time Well Spent:

In the Attention Economy, the competition for a billion people’s attention (on screens, apps, the web or virtual realities) has become a race to seduce their psychological instincts. What if technology were instead designed make the best use of people’s time that’s in line with their own values and long-term goals? Tristan, a design ethicist at Google, will explore how we might address this problem with something like a B-Corp or Organic movement for technology, and a certification and rating that measures “Time Well Spent” to replace the maximization of “Time Spent.” He will also explore hidden inequalities and biases in the existing attention economy and how new standards, like a Universal Basic Rights to Attention or new Design Standards for Choicemaking on Screens, might address them.