The Way Forward
In the future, we will look back at today as a turning point towards humane design: when we moved away from technology that extracts attention and erodes society, towards technology that protects our minds and replenishes society.
Humane Design is the solution.
To design humane technology,
we need to start by deeply understanding ourselves.
Humane Design starts by understanding our most vulnerable human instincts so we can design compassionately to protect them from being abused:
- How are we vulnerable to getting overwhelmed, stressed or outraged?
- How are we vulnerable to micro-targeted persuasion? (e.g. messages that use our personality and traits against us?)
- How are we vulnerable to the expectation of being available 24/7 to each other?
We are creating humane design standards, policy, and business models that more deeply align with our humanity and how we want to live.
How? Four levers to redefine our future.
Inspire Humane Design
Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft can help solve the problem, because keeping people hooked to the screen isn’t their business model. They can redesign their devices and core interfaces to protect our minds from constant distractions, minimize screen time, protect our time in relationships, and replace the App Store marketplace of apps competing for usage with a marketplace of tools competing to benefit our lives and society.
Apply Political Pressure
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.
Create a Cultural Awakening
Consumers don’t want to use products that they know are harmful, especially when it harms their kids. We are transforming public awareness so that consumers recognize the difference between technology designed to extract the most attention from us, and technology whose goals are aligned with our own. We are building a movement for consumers to take control of their digital lives with better tools, habits and demands to make this change.
Talented employees are the greatest asset of technology companies – and the ones companies are most afraid to lose. Most engineers and technologists genuinely want to build products that improve society, and no one wants participate in an extraction-based system that ruins society. We are empowering employees who advocate for non-extraction based design decisions and business models.