Former Google Guru Wants “Addiction Tech” Stopped

A former Google Employee is leading an alarmist assault on Big Social, accusing Big Social of deploying marketing tactics, and building attractive bells and whistles, that create Addiction Tech.

The former employee even created a group for his self-righteous former techers, who all benefited from the rise of Big Social, to try to take down the very beast which they helped build.

Now, calls for people to wise up to the addiction-creating tactics of Big Social are one thing, but these guys are going beyond that.

They’re doing the work of Big Gov, helping to advance the much-desired narrative of Big Gov that Big Social is dangerous and it must be stopped, or at least heavily regulated.

Rather than focusing solely on self-responsibility, these guys, in typical statey commie fashion, are putting the responsibility on Big Gov to save us from the threat of addiction tech.

Ex-Google employee calls tech addiction an ‘existential threat’ and calls for regulation

Former Google employee Tristan Harris said large tech companies have a “moral responsibility” when it comes to shaping billions of people’s attention — one he believes they are abusing in favor of profits.

“We’re pointing the most powerful supercomputers in the world at our brains to suck the attention out of it,” Harris, who once worked as a design ethicist at Google, told CNBC. “Then if that stock price has to keep going up I have to actually point it at your kids.”

“I actually genuinely view this as an existential threat,” said Harris. “When you’re shaping people’s attention you’re shaping their thoughts. Their thoughts precede action, and you’re really shaping society and culture. … There’s an entire set of consequences when you shape people’s attention through design.”

In 2014, amid growing concern about technology’s dominance in people’s lives, Harris and a few other Silicon Valley tech alums founded the Center for Humane Technology, where Harris is executive director.

The group’s mission: Fight the tech addiction.

“Everybody in your audience knows [about the problem] because they’re addicted to their phones and concerned about some of the fallout,” Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, told CNBC.

……The tech industry’s main objective is to maximize people’s attention, Harris said. Tech companies and democracy’s intentions are “fundamentally misaligned,” he said.

ADDENDUM:
Here is a quote from the Center for Humane Technology’s website:
“Governments can pressure technology companies toward humane business models by including the negative externalities of attention extraction on their balance sheets, and creating better protections for consumers. We are advising governments on smart policies and better user protections.”

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