115 episodes

In our podcast, Your Undivided Attention, co-hosts Tristan Harris, Aza Raskin and Daniel Barcay explore the unprecedented power of emerging technologies: how they fit into our lives, and how they fit into a humane future.

Join us every other Thursday as we confront challenges and explore solutions with a wide range of thought leaders and change-makers — like Audrey Tang on digital democracy, neurotechnology with Nita Farahany, getting beyond dystopia with Yuval Noah Harari, and Esther Perel on Artificial Intimacy: the other AI.

Your Undivided Attention is produced by Executive Editor Sasha Fegan and Senior Producer Julia Scott. Our Researcher/Producer is Joshua Lash. We are a top tech podcast worldwide with more than 20 million downloads and a member of the TED Audio Collective.

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

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    • 4.8 • 181 Ratings

In our podcast, Your Undivided Attention, co-hosts Tristan Harris, Aza Raskin and Daniel Barcay explore the unprecedented power of emerging technologies: how they fit into our lives, and how they fit into a humane future.

Join us every other Thursday as we confront challenges and explore solutions with a wide range of thought leaders and change-makers — like Audrey Tang on digital democracy, neurotechnology with Nita Farahany, getting beyond dystopia with Yuval Noah Harari, and Esther Perel on Artificial Intimacy: the other AI.

Your Undivided Attention is produced by Executive Editor Sasha Fegan and Senior Producer Julia Scott. Our Researcher/Producer is Joshua Lash. We are a top tech podcast worldwide with more than 20 million downloads and a member of the TED Audio Collective.

    Decoding Our DNA: How AI Supercharges Medical Breakthroughs and Biological Threats with Kevin Esvelt

    Decoding Our DNA: How AI Supercharges Medical Breakthroughs and Biological Threats with Kevin Esvelt

    AI has been a powerful accelerant for biological research, rapidly opening up new frontiers in medicine and public health. But that progress can also make it easier for bad actors to manufacture new biological threats. In this episode, Tristan and Daniel sit down with biologist Kevin Esvelt to discuss why AI has been such a boon for biologists and how we can safeguard society against the threats that AIxBio poses.

    • 32 min
    How to Think About AI Consciousness With Anil Seth

    How to Think About AI Consciousness With Anil Seth

    Will AI ever start to think by itself? If it did, how would we know, and what would it mean? In this episode, Professor of Neuroscience Anil Seth and Aza discuss the science, ethics, and incentives of artificial consciousness.

    • 47 min
    Why Are Migrants Becoming AI Test Subjects? With Petra Molnar

    Why Are Migrants Becoming AI Test Subjects? With Petra Molnar

    In response to the growing global refugee crisis, governments are employing novel AI and surveillance technologies to slow the influx of migrants. But will this rollout stop at the border? Tristan and Aza sit down with immigration lawyer Petra Molnar to discuss how borderlands have become a proving ground for high-risk AI technology.

    • 46 min
    Former OpenAI Engineer William Saunders on Silence, Safety, and the Right to Warn

    Former OpenAI Engineer William Saunders on Silence, Safety, and the Right to Warn

    Whistleblower William Saunders quit over systemic issues at OpenAI. Now he’s put his name to an open letter that proposes 4 principles to protect the right of industry insiders to warn the public about AI risks. On Your Undivided Attention this week, Tristan and Aza sit down with Saunders to discuss.

    • 37 min
    War is a Laboratory for AI with Paul Scharre

    War is a Laboratory for AI with Paul Scharre

    Today’s battlefields have become laboratories for the use of AI weaponry and drones. From Ukraine to Gaza, weapons systems with increasing levels of autonomy are being used to kill people and destroy infrastructure. So what does this mean for the future of warfare? Author and former Pentagon policymaker Paul Scharre joins the show to discuss.

    • 59 min
    AI and Jobs: How to Make AI Work With Us, Not Against Us With Daron Acemoglu

    AI and Jobs: How to Make AI Work With Us, Not Against Us With Daron Acemoglu

    Tech companies say that AI will lead to massive economic productivity gains. But as we know from the first digital revolution, that’s not what happened. Can we do better this time around?

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
181 Ratings

181 Ratings

Nagort ,

Must listen

Absolute MUST to listen for everyone in tech, policy making or just thinking / being concerned with the future of humanity

Nick the Name ,

Congratulations - and - Time to move to Specific Dangers

Congratulations. If only this level of conversation had been around before the Social Media giants got away with avoiding publisher responsibility for content, we might have avoided the worst downsides.

And …. What I would really welcome now is a shift in focus toward discussing specific dangers and risks. What do experts in the field believe are the most imminent and serious dangers and risks? And then, how to we regulate to reduce these risks.

LGUK2022 ,

Great topics, approach needs working on

While the topics the hosts are sending are of extreme importance, I find that in recent months the delivery method has become somewhat unhealthy. From passionate young men interested in the betterment of technology, the hosts now have moved on to a very pessimistic view, to a somewhat paranoid approach of the topic. Pointing out everything that is wrong in the world can only take you so far. Feels like they are stuck at step 1 - raising awareness on the issues, but then failing to move further and initiate action. It probably needs a personal reassessment, taking a break and reviewing what they stand for more than what they stand against, what the future technology should look like rather than what it should not be, less fear-mongering more thinking from a loving ‘we can do this, let’s figure out how’ type of a perspective. This way the mental health issues Tristan has mentioned struggling with and recent somewhat pessimistic demeanour would change, leading to additional energy and vitality that could be put towards his reaching goal.

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