Ethics for Designers
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Check out the articles below to stay up to date on the topics of ethics and design. This blog contains excerpts of various articles and other resources by designers, ethicists, researchers and other enthusiasts.

 
 
How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist
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Tristan Harris

Tristan Harris is an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why he spent the last three years as a Design Ethicist at Google caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked.

When using technology, we often focus optimistically on all the things it does for us. But I want to show you where it might do the opposite.

Where does technology exploit our minds’ weaknesses?

Harris learned to think this way when he was a magician. Magicians start by looking for blind spots, edges, vulnerabilities and limits of people’s perception, so they can influence what people do without them even realizing it. Once you know how to push people’s buttons, you can play them like a piano.

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