54 episodes

In this podcast from the Center for Humane Technology, co-hosts Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin confront catastrophic risk with existential hope. How is technology both a symptom and a driver of broader social, political, and economic forces? How do we reimagine humane technology that supports our shared well-being, sense-making, and ability to tackle complex global challenges? And what can we do together to catalyze a more humane future?

Tristan and Aza will treat your attention with care as they explore these questions with academics, activists, cultural & faith-based leaders, and experts on everything from sense-making in a post-truth world to the psychology of the climate crisis. After you listen, join our virtual Podcast Club, which features live Q&As with guests followed by small-group discussions.

If you're new to the show, start with Kate Raworth on renegade economics, Audrey Tang on digital democracy, Daniel Schmachtenberger on global coordination, or Yuval Noah Harari on the co-evolution between technology and democracy.

Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Our Executive Producer is Stephanie Lepp, and our Senior Producer is Julia Scott.

Your Undivided Attention Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin, The Center for Humane Technology

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    • 4.9 • 133 Ratings

In this podcast from the Center for Humane Technology, co-hosts Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin confront catastrophic risk with existential hope. How is technology both a symptom and a driver of broader social, political, and economic forces? How do we reimagine humane technology that supports our shared well-being, sense-making, and ability to tackle complex global challenges? And what can we do together to catalyze a more humane future?

Tristan and Aza will treat your attention with care as they explore these questions with academics, activists, cultural & faith-based leaders, and experts on everything from sense-making in a post-truth world to the psychology of the climate crisis. After you listen, join our virtual Podcast Club, which features live Q&As with guests followed by small-group discussions.

If you're new to the show, start with Kate Raworth on renegade economics, Audrey Tang on digital democracy, Daniel Schmachtenberger on global coordination, or Yuval Noah Harari on the co-evolution between technology and democracy.

Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Our Executive Producer is Stephanie Lepp, and our Senior Producer is Julia Scott.

    Is World War III Already Here?

    Is World War III Already Here?

    The nature of warfare has changed so fundamentally, that we're currently in a war we don't even recognize. It's the war that Russia, China, and other hostile foreign actors are fighting against us — weaponizing social media to undermine our faith in each other, our government, and democracy itself. Here to shed some light on what might be considered WWIII is General H. R. McMaster, who served as the 26th National Security Advisor of the United States.

    • 35 min
    A Fresh Take on Tech in China

    A Fresh Take on Tech in China

    Who do you think the Chinese government considers its biggest rival? The United States, right? Actually, the Chinese government considers its biggest rival to be its own technology companies.

    It's China's tech companies who threaten its capacity to build a competitive China. That's why the Chinese government is cracking down on social media — for example, by limiting the number of hours youth can play video games, and banning cell phone use in schools. China's restrictions on social media use may be autocratic, but may also protect users more than what we see coming from the US government.

    It’s a complicated picture.

    This week on Your Undivided Attention, we're having a surprising conversation about technology in China. Here to give us a fresh take are two guests: investor, analyst, and co-host of the Tech Buzz China podcast Rui Ma, and China internet expert and author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built Duncan Clark.

    • 48 min
    Behind the Curtain on The Social Dilemma

    Behind the Curtain on The Social Dilemma

    How do you make a film that impacts more than 100 million people in 190 countries in 30 languages?

    This week on Your Undivided Attention, we're going behind the curtain on The Social Dilemma — the Netflix documentary about the dark consequences of the social media business model, which featured the Center for Humane Technology. On the heels of the film's 1-year anniversary and winning of 2 Emmy Awards, we're talking with Exposure Labs' Director Jeff Orlowski and Producer Larissa Rhodes. What moved Jeff and Larissa to shift their focus from climate change to social media? How did the film transform countless lives, including ours and possibly yours? What might we do differently if we were producing the film today?

    Join us as we explore the reverberations of The Social Dilemma — which we're still feeling the effects of over one year later.

    • 43 min
    Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen in Conversation

    Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen in Conversation

    We are now in social media's Big Tobacco moment. And that’s largely thanks to the courage of one woman: Frances Haugen.

    Frances is a specialist in algorithmic product management. She worked at Google, Pinterest, and Yelp before joining Facebook — first as a Product Manager on Civic Misinformation, and then on the Counter-Espionage team. But what she saw at Facebook was that the company consistently and knowingly prioritized profits over public safety. So Frances made the courageous decision to blow the whistle — which resulted in the biggest disclosure in the history of Facebook, and in the history of social media.

    In this special interview, co-hosts Tristan and Aza go behind the headlines with Frances herself. We go deeper into the problems she exposed, discuss potential solutions, and explore her motivations — along with why she fundamentally believes change is possible. We also announce an exciting campaign being launched by the Center for Humane Technology — to use this window of opportunity to make Facebook safer.

    • 55 min
    Bonus — A Whirlwind Week of Whistleblowing

    Bonus — A Whirlwind Week of Whistleblowing

    In seven years of working on the problems of runaway technology, we’ve never experienced a week like this! In this bonus episode of Your Undivided Attention, we recap this whirlwind of a week — from Facebook whistleblower France Haugen going public on 60 Minutes on Sunday, to the massive outage of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp on Monday, to Haugen’s riveting Congressional testimony on Tuesday. We also make some exciting announcements — including our planned episode with Haugen up next, the Yale social media reform panel we’re participating in on Thursday, and a campaign we’re launching to pressure Facebook to make one immediate change.

    This week it truly feels like we’re making history — and you’re a part of it.

    • 4 min
    Making Meaning in Challenging Times

    Making Meaning in Challenging Times

    What helps you make meaning in challenging times? As you confront COVID, the climate crisis, and all of the challenges we discuss on this show, what helps you avoid nihilism or fundamentalism, and instead access healing, inspiration, and connection?

    Today on Your Undivided Attention, we're joined by anthropologist and writer Jamie Wheal. Wheal is the author of Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex and Death In a World That's Lost Its Mind. In the book, he makes the case that in order to address the meta-crisis — the interconnected challenges we face, which we talked about in Episode 36 with Daniel Schmachtenberger, we must address the meaning crisis — the need to stay inspired, mended, and bonded in challenging times. Jamie argues that it doesn't matter whether we're staying inspired, mended, and bonded through institutionalized religion or other means as long as meaning-making is inclusively available to everyone.

    What we hope you'll walk away with is a humane way to think about how to address the challenges we face, from COVID to climate — by enabling us to make meaning in challenging times.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
133 Ratings

133 Ratings

TutorKat ,

Fantastic podcast on key issues of our time

I’ve long been impressed with this podcast, and as an interdisciplinary artist-researcher, am fascinated by a number of issues here. I talk about the themes of the podcast regularly with others, and have used some of what I’ve learned to try help my grandfather, who lives in the isolated countryside but is spending hours a day being consumed by emotionally manipulative/extreme content that social media algorithms keep funnelling his way...

I just have one request if that were possible. Besides the brilliant guests and their work, sometimes bits of research are mentioned; for example in relation to how conspiracy theories work on people, and for a researcher like me, references to these would be super useful. I’d love, if it were possible, if there were some kind of bibliography on the site to refer to some of the readings that inform the structure of and research for the podcast. It might help academics listening to the podcast to work on some of the issues raised.

Thanks again for a great podcast.

Stevibee ,

I would like to give this …

my undivided attention, especially this latest episode with Daniel Schmachtenberger which is fairly complex but I can’t because there is (quite good but) extremely distracting music playing almost continuously, maybe it’s me but I simply cant give the subject matter the concentration it both deserves and requires, really annoying. I love music but you dont have to play it all the time, it is possible just not to.

NatalieCW85 ,

Thank you.

I want to thank you and your team for making a difference. For challenging these ideals which have weaved into our society.
I have two boys under 5 and have said they are getting the exact same childhood I had.
It’s creating a movement like you said.
What makes me stronger today is my parents and not having social media growing up.

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