Tristan Harris

Founder, Center for Humane Technology; Writer

Tristan Harris is founder of the Center for Humane Technology. He was previously Google’s design ethicist, developing a framework for how technology should “ethically” steer the thoughts and actions of people from screens, and CEO of Apture, acquired by Google. Having spent a decade understanding the invisible influences on human thinking and action, Harris is developing a framework for ethical persuasion, especially pertaining to technology companies’ moral responsibility. He has briefed heads of state, technology company CEOs, and members of the US Congress about the attention economy. Rolling Stone named him one of 25 People Shaping the World, and The Atlantic called him “the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience.”

Videos/Audio of Tristan Harris

After The Atlantic ran a cover story with the headline “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation of Kids?” a spate of... See more
George Soros said social media platforms are the largest threat to democracy. Marc Benioff said we should regulate them... See more
Energetic performance and interactive dialogue were part of this year's Young Adult Forum. The Forum returned for its... See more