Tristan Harris

Director and co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology

Tristan Harris (/trɪsˈtɑːn/) is the director and a co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology. Earlier, he worked as a design ethicist at Google, where he studied ethics of human persuasion.

Book Recommendations


Finite and Infinite Games

by James P. Carse

Yeah, and that’s just of general philosophy, one about life and how to, I don’t know, navigate in a more improvisational way and ask, like, “What game am I really playing in interaction. Am I playing for a finite game outcome to win the game, or am I playing to keep playing,” which has a lot of overlaps with improvisation and things like that.

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Technopoly

by Neil Postman

Another one by Neil Postman is called Technopoly, which also is about how when culture surrenders to technology. And especially the quantification of metrics and SAT scores and time spent in GDP and these kinds of things, he covers in that book. I highly recommend.

Tristan Harris, source

Amusing Ourselves to Death

by Neil Postman

Neil Postman in general is a media thinker about some of the topics we’ve discussed today is just excellent. He foresaw so many of the problems in his book Amusing Ourselves to Death.

Tristan Harris, source