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Technology companies are locked in an arms race to seize your attention, and that race is tearing apart our shared social fabric. In this inaugural podcast from the Center for Humane Technology, hosts Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin will expose the hidden designs that have the power to hijack our attention, manipulate our choices and destabilize our real world communities. They’ll explore what it means to become sophisticated about human nature, by interviewing hypnotists, magicians, experts on the dynamics of cults and election hacking and the powers of persuasion. How can we escape this unrelenting race to the bottom of the brain stem? Start by subscribing to our new series, Your Undivided Attention.

Your Undivided Attention Center for Humane Technology

    • Technology
    • 4.8, 103 Ratings

Technology companies are locked in an arms race to seize your attention, and that race is tearing apart our shared social fabric. In this inaugural podcast from the Center for Humane Technology, hosts Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin will expose the hidden designs that have the power to hijack our attention, manipulate our choices and destabilize our real world communities. They’ll explore what it means to become sophisticated about human nature, by interviewing hypnotists, magicians, experts on the dynamics of cults and election hacking and the powers of persuasion. How can we escape this unrelenting race to the bottom of the brain stem? Start by subscribing to our new series, Your Undivided Attention.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

WritersKitchen ,

Crucial, must-listen podcast

Tech companies’ massive data extraction operations depend on secrecy and deliberate opacity.

So they can maximize our time on devices, we are misled into thinking our relationship with Google, FB, etc., as consumers, is reciprocal.

But the relationship is inherently asymmetrical, with them always knowing more than we do, them stealthily harvesting our behavioral data, and them giving us no access to view, edit and delete it.

This podcast, with its expert, insider info, is a crucial way to raise awareness.

Two thoughts...

1) while you use wonderfully clear and simple language, your content seems targeted to developers and designers. I think a much broader audience—digital marketers, content marketers and just plain scared civilians—is interested.

2) Your “minute away” with Aza and Tristan can be hard to follow, use developer lingo and kind of veer off narrative. But the more detailed and deeper dive is very helpful. Maybe there’s a way to use more universal, non-dev language and bookend the segments...(Perhaps music??) Also, what is the “snap” about? Kind of reminds me of hypnosis, she said nervously...

Kate SF ,

Fascinating and harrowing

This is a fascinating podcast for anyone using tech these days i.e. everyone. Its discussions with experts about issues around addiction, design, politics, and economics affirm much of what I’ve suspected or heard about tech and go way beyond what I’d imagined, to create a compelling and harrowing narrative of what we’re dealing with these days and how we got here. I’d love to learn more about specific steps to take as an individual advocate. Great production, I look forward to hearing more!

The most honest reviewer ,

Most important issues of our generation

So glad you guys are thinking about these issues and sharing them through this podcast.

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