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Your Undivided Attention Podcast - Center For Humane Technology

By Center For Humane Technology

In this podcast, Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin explore the intersection of technology and human nature by interviewing a wide range of guest expertsRead full story

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    Dr Gail BarnesPartner at Personify LLC

    The Center for Humane Technology (CHT), has launched a new podcast series, “Your Undivided Attention,” debuting on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and RSS feed today.

    “Your Undivided Attention” interviews experts on human nature to inspire technologists to design products that benefit humanity, rather than downgrade it.

    In the podcast series, CHT Co-Founders Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin expose the hidden designs in technology that have the power to hijack our attention, manipulate our

    The Center for Humane Technology (CHT), has launched a new podcast series, “Your Undivided Attention,” debuting on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and RSS feed today.

    “Your Undivided Attention” interviews experts on human nature to inspire technologists to design products that benefit humanity, rather than downgrade it.

    In the podcast series, CHT Co-Founders Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin expose the hidden designs in technology that have the power to hijack our attention, manipulate our choices, and destabilize our real-world communities.

    In the first segment of a two-part interview, Natasha Dow Schüll, author of ADDICTION BY DESIGN: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas and associate professor at New York University’s department of Media, Culture, and Communication, offers a prescient warning to users and designers alike: How far can the attention economy go toward stealing another moment of your time?

    Natasha Dow Schüll has spent years studying how slot machines hold gamblers, spellbound, in an endless loop of play. She never imagined the addictive designs which she had first witnessed in Las Vegas, would reverberate into Silicon Valley and reappear on virtually every smartphone screen worldwide.

    This as an example and a warning of addiction by design - everything from the carpet patterns to the game algorithms in slot machines in Las Vegas - is designed to draw players into a "zone" where they lose track of time, money, and ultimately, themselves. A worst case scenario of human downgrading in action.

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