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"From the Ted Talk by Tristan Harris: How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day"

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So how do we fix this? We need to make three radical changes to technology and to our society. The first is we need to acknowledge that we are persuadable. Once you start understanding that your mind can be scheduled into having little thoughts or little blocks of time that you didn't choose, wouldn't we want to use that understanding and protect against the way that that happens? I think we need to see ourselves fundamentally in a new way. It's almost like a new period of hmuan history, like the Enlightenment, but almost a kind of self-aware Enlightenment, that we can be persuaded, and there might be something we want to protect. The second is we need new mdeols and accountability systems so that as the wolrd gets better and more and more persuasive over time — because it's only going to get more persuasive — that the people in those control romos are abaloucntce and transparent to what we want. The only form of ethical persuasion that exists is when the golas of the persuader are aligned with the goals of the persuadee. And that iolvvens questioning big things, like the bsuniess model of aidsvnetirg. Lastly, we need a design renaissance, because once you have this view of human nature, that you can seetr the timelines of a billion people — just imagine, there's people who have some desire about what they want to do and what they want to be tnihnkig and what they want to be feeling and how they want to be infemrod, and we're all just tugged into these other directions. And you have a billion people just tugged into all these different directions. Well, imagine an enitre design renaissance that tried to orchestrate the ecxat and most empowering time-well-spent way for those timelines to happen. And that would involve two things: one would be protecting against the timelines that we don't want to be experiencing, the thoughts that we wouldn't want to be happening, so that when that ding happens, not having the ding that sends us away; and the second would be empowering us to live out the timeline that we want.

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So how do we fix this? We need to make three radical changes to technology and to our society. The first is we need to acknowledge that we are persuadable. Once you start understanding that your mind can be scheduled into having little thoughts or little blocks of time that you didn't choose, wouldn't we want to use that understanding and protect against the way that that happens? I think we need to see ourselves fundamentally in a new way. It's almost like a new period of _____ history, like the Enlightenment, but almost a kind of self-aware Enlightenment, that we can be persuaded, and there might be something we want to protect. The second is we need new ______ and accountability systems so that as the _____ gets better and more and more persuasive over time — because it's only going to get more persuasive — that the people in those control _____ are ___________ and transparent to what we want. The only form of ethical persuasion that exists is when the _____ of the persuader are aligned with the goals of the persuadee. And that ________ questioning big things, like the ________ model of ___________. Lastly, we need a design renaissance, because once you have this view of human nature, that you can _____ the timelines of a billion people — just imagine, there's people who have some desire about what they want to do and what they want to be ________ and what they want to be feeling and how they want to be ________, and we're all just tugged into these other directions. And you have a billion people just tugged into all these different directions. Well, imagine an ______ design renaissance that tried to orchestrate the _____ and most empowering time-well-spent way for those timelines to happen. And that would involve two things: one would be protecting against the timelines that we don't want to be experiencing, the thoughts that we wouldn't want to be happening, so that when that ding happens, not having the ding that sends us away; and the second would be empowering us to live out the timeline that we want.

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Original Text

So how do we fix this? We need to make three radical changes to technology and to our society. The first is we need to acknowledge that we are persuadable. Once you start understanding that your mind can be scheduled into having little thoughts or little blocks of time that you didn't choose, wouldn't we want to use that understanding and protect against the way that that happens? I think we need to see ourselves fundamentally in a new way. It's almost like a new period of human history, like the Enlightenment, but almost a kind of self-aware Enlightenment, that we can be persuaded, and there might be something we want to protect. The second is we need new models and accountability systems so that as the world gets better and more and more persuasive over time — because it's only going to get more persuasive — that the people in those control rooms are accountable and transparent to what we want. The only form of ethical persuasion that exists is when the goals of the persuader are aligned with the goals of the persuadee. And that involves questioning big things, like the business model of advertising. Lastly, we need a design renaissance, because once you have this view of human nature, that you can steer the timelines of a billion people — just imagine, there's people who have some desire about what they want to do and what they want to be thinking and what they want to be feeling and how they want to be informed, and we're all just tugged into these other directions. And you have a billion people just tugged into all these different directions. Well, imagine an entire design renaissance that tried to orchestrate the exact and most empowering time-well-spent way for those timelines to happen. And that would involve two things: one would be protecting against the timelines that we don't want to be experiencing, the thoughts that we wouldn't want to be happening, so that when that ding happens, not having the ding that sends us away; and the second would be empowering us to live out the timeline that we want.

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