Published On: Mon, Jul 31st, 2017

The “attention economy” combined by Silicon Valley is bankrupting us

Andrew Keen is a author of 3 books: Cult of a Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is a horde of Keen On.

Another week, another domestic crisis. We’ve had nonetheless another few days of vast tweets from President Trump all designed, it seems, to monopolize a inhabitant conversation.

It’s all so predictably indeterminate — and what Tristan Harris, a co-founder of a nonprofit group Time Well Spent, calls a universe dominated by a competition for attention. According to Harris, an ex-design ethicist during Google who the Atlantic described as “the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience”, we all “live in a city called a courtesy economy.” That’s what is moulding all about contemporary life, Harris says, quite a increasingly surreal politics.

Harris — an acclaimed orator during a main TED event this year who has also recently seemed on 60 Minutes and the Bill Maher Show — suggests that Trump competence be a initial “Attention President”.

For Harris, Trump is a sign of a distant incomparable malady. The genuine problem with a global, digital village that we all live in, Harris says, is that it’s dominated by 3 companies: Google, Facebook and Apple.

These platforms “aren’t neutral”, Harris insists.  Instead, Harris – a tech pattern guru who worked during Google for roughly 3 years as their Product Philosopher – believes that they are “exploiting” what he calls “our reduce turn vulnerabilities”. Many of us no longer know a possess minds, he warns. And so a new community, whose middle of sell Harris dubs a courtesy economy is increasingly dominated by technological obsession (particularly a smartphone use).

So what to do? How to make this new village some-more habitable?

According to Harris, there are dual vicious strategies for regulating these problems. The initial is for all of us to commend that we are all exposed and for us to all “curate a possess lives”.

And a second is for a height companies to commend that their users have “vulnerable minds” and for them to make a unwavering bid to equivocate feeding a “lizard brains”, Harris says.

Neither, in themselves, are finish solutions. To repair a problem requires a corner bid both from all of us and from these height superpowers of Silicon Valley.

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