Tristan Harris is a technology ethicist, design thinker, and public speaker known for his work on the impact of technology on society. He is the co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, a non-profit organization that aims to align technology with humanity's best interests.
Harris began his career as a design ethicist at Google, where he worked on the design of products such as Google Glass and Google's search algorithms. During his time at Google, he became increasingly concerned about the negative impact that technology was having on society and began to speak out about the need for greater transparency and ethical considerations in the technology industry.
In 2013, Harris founded the Time Well Spent movement, which aimed to encourage technology companies to design products that are more mindful of the way they use people's time and attention. This led to the creation of the Center for Humane Technology, which was founded in 2018 with a mission to shift technology towards a more humane and ethical trajectory by educating people on the impact of technology on their lives, promoting ethical design principles, and investing in research on technology's impact on individuals and society.
Harris has also been a vocal advocate for greater regulation of the technology industry. In 2018, he testified before the US Senate Commerce Committee on the impact of technology on children and teens and has called for greater oversight of tech companies and their practices.
In addition to his work with the Center for Humane Technology, Harris is also a frequent speaker and commentator on the topic of technology and its impact on society. He has given TED Talks and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine.
Tristan Harris' work as an advocate of human-centered design and ethical considerations in technology has gained him a reputation as one of the leading voices in the tech industry when it comes to the impact of technology on society. He has been recognized as one of the most influential people in technology by Time Magazine and Fast Company, among other publications.