Thursday May 26, 2016

How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds

Are product designers trying to exploit your psychological vulnerabilities? A former Google design ethicist says that smartphones are becoming as addictive as slot machines and developers are taking advantage of that.

I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I 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 you to show you where it might do the opposite.