Tech Addiction Becomes A Real Issue

Tech Addiction Becomes A Real Issue

Mr. Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google and Mr. Jim Steyer, a senior executive officer at Common Sense Media talked about the duties of tech conglomerates during an interview with CNBC. According to Mr. Tristan Harris, tech companies should slightly deviate their attention from making billions of profits and focus on meeting their moral obligation to their customers.

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Mr. Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google and Mr. Jim Steyer, a senior executive officer at Common Sense Media talked about the duties of tech conglomerates during an interview with CNBC. According to Mr. Tristan Harris, tech companies should slightly deviate their attention from making billions of profits and focus on meeting their moral obligation to their customers.

Mr. Harris’ thoughts about tech addiction

Mr. Tristan Harris told the CNBC that top-notch computer designs had been developed to capture the attention of people of all ages; young and old. This strategy has made tech companies earn significant returns from their various stocks on the Wall Street. This designer considers this move a threat to human existence. He further adds that tech companies are working to deviate customer’s attention, thoughts and ultimately the society as a whole. However, using cutting-edge designs to effect such changes comes with negative consequences.

Steps to fight tech exploitation

Mr. Tristan Harris and his colleagues are the founders of the Center for Humane Technology. They established this platform in 2014 at a time when people were quickly adopting technology in their daily lives. Mr. Tristan Harris currently serves as the director of this esteemed organization. Mr. Jim Steyer, on the other hand, talked about how people have become addicted to their handsets. He further told CNBC that he is working with Mr. Tristan Harris on a project known as “Squawk on the Street.” This programme aims to reshape technology in a way that it accommodates the society’s interests. This strategy will minimize tech exploitation, an issue he’s been concerned with since his tenure at Google. Mr. Tristan Harris first raised this issue in 2013 while he was still the top designer at the company. He has since taken major steps to combat this problem.

Recently, the Center for Humane Technology in collaboration with the Common Sense Media announced that they would be working together to solve problems associated with tech addictions. These companies would run a campaign, “Truth about Tech” which will mount pressure on technology companies to change their tactics. So far, these firms have succeeded in hosting a conference in Washington DC to educate young people on the ethics and effects of technology. The one day conference was also instrumental in empowering young minds. According to Mr. Tristan Harris technology firm’s objectives and society’s democracy are not aligned. He hopes that Truth about Tech will raise people’s awareness concerning technology addictions and change the society’s mindset.

Mr. Harris’ view on social media platforms

Mr. Tristan Harris also said that a majority of Twitter users had been unknowingly interacting with bots. He estimated the percentage of online bots to be about 15%. However, due to the increased number of users who total up to 330 million per month and the significant returns they earn, Twitter cannot address this problem. Contrary to this, the Twitter spokesperson acknowledged that this platform as a system that facilitates the spread of knowledge, information, and news. Therefore, it should be accorded sufficient external support to ensure that its users stay connected and their experience is enhanced.

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