“This conversation about how technology is hijacking people is really catching on.”

Non-profit Time Well Spent is devoted to stopping tech companies from hijacking our minds

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Sun, Aug 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Wired talks to Tristan Harris, former product manager at Google, who for the last 12 months has been critiquing how the big platforms (Apple, Facebook, Google, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram) use design techniques to keep people glued to their phones as much and as often as possible.

Technology steers what 2 billion people are thinking and believing every day. It’s possibly the largest source of influence over 2 billion people’s thoughts that has ever been created. Religions and governments don’t have that much influence over people’s daily thoughts. But we have three technology companies who have this system that frankly they don’t even have control over—with newsfeeds and recommended videos and whatever they put in front of you—which is governing what people do with their time and what they’re looking at.

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