Tristan Harris Keynote Speaker

  • Design thinker, philosopher and entrepreneur
  • Co-Founder, Center for Humane Technology
  • Named one of “25 People Shaping the World," Rolling Stone Magazine

Tristan Harris's Biography

Called the “closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience,” by The Atlantic magazine, Tristan Harris spent three years as a Google Design Ethicist developing a framework for how technology should “ethically” steer the thoughts and actions of billions of people from screens.

Tristan is co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, whose mission is to reverse ‘human downgrading’ and re-align technology with humanity   He was featured in the widely watched Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma and is the co-host of the ‘Your Undivided Attention’ podcast with Aza Raskin.

Rolling Stone magazine named Tristan one of “25 People Shaping the World”, and was named in Fortune’s 40 under 40 of 2018 for his work on reforming technology. In 2016, Tristan left Google to work on reforming the attention economy with the non-profit initiative, ‘Time Well Spent’ which called out the industry’s “race to the bottom of the brain stem” to capture attention and proposed design solutions. In January 2018, Mark Zuckerberg embraced “time well spent” as a design goal for Facebook, and in May 2018, Apple and Google each launched “Digital Wellbeing” initiatives and “time well spent” features now shipping on iOS and Android phones.

Tristan has spent more than a decade studying the influences that hijack human thinking and action. From his childhood as a magician to his work in the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab where he studied persuasive technology, Tristan became concerned about the need for ethical and humane technology.

A year after his company was acquired by Google in 2013, he created an internal slide deck within Google that went viral, warning about technology’s arms race to capture attention and the moral responsibility of technology companies in how they shape society.

Tristan’s work has been featured on TED, 60 Minutes, HBO RealTime with Bill Maher, PBS NewsHour, Recode, The Atlantic, WIRED, NYTimes, Der Spiegel, The Economist, and many more. Tristan has briefed Heads of State, technology company CEOs, and members of U.S. Congress about the attention economy. He is a senior fellow at Common Sense Media, and an advisor to the Open Markets Institute.

Before Google, Tristan was co-founder and CEO of Apture, which Google acquired in 2011. Apture enabled millions of users to get instant, on-the-fly explanations across a vast publisher network.

He holds several patents from his work 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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Tristan Harris's Speaking Topics

  • How Wisdom Can Protect Humanity from Technology

  • The Battle for Our Attention: Technology, Mindfulness, and the Future of Humanity

  • Can We Close the Gap Between Humans and Technology?

Tristan outline the 6 principles that can leverage technology with greater wisdom to create a future where technology protects human vulnerabilities and empowers communities to live in a values-aligned way.

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Videos of Tristan Harris

Can We Close the Gap Between Humans and Technology? | Tristan Harris - SXSW 2022
Can We Close the Gap Between Humans and Technology? | Tristan Harris - SXSW 2022
Why We Need Humane Technology
Why We Need Humane Technology
The Social Dilemma | Official Trailer | Netflix
The Social Dilemma | Official Trailer | Netflix
TED | How better tech could protect us from distraction
TED | How better tech could protect us from distraction
TED | How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day
TED | How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day
Tristan Harris, The Battle for Our Attention: Technology, Mindfulness, and the Future of Humanity
Tristan Harris, The Battle for Our Attention: Technology, Mindfulness, and the Future of Humanity

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