Tristan Harris: Tech Is 'Downgrading Humans.' It's Time to Fight Back

Tristan Harris: Tech Is ‘Downgrading Humans.’ It’s Time to Fight Back

The creator of the “time well spent” movement disappeared for a year, but now he’s come back with a new phrase and a plan to stop technology from from destroying free will, creating social anomie, and wrecking democracy.

A YEAR AGO, you couldn’t go anywhere in Silicon Valley without being reminded in some way of Tristan Harris.

The former Googler was giving talks, appearing on podcasts, counseling Congress, sitting on panels, posing for photographers. The central argument of his evangelism—that the digital revolution had gone from expanding our minds to hijacking them—had hit the zeitgeist, and maybe even helped create it.