Tristan Harris is a former design ethicist at Google and co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology who rose to fame for being the driving force of The Social Dilemma documentary which premiered on Netflix on September 9th, 2020.
Date of birth
He is 35 years old as of 2020, however his date of birth is not yet known.
He is a San Francisco native.
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Education and Career
One of The Social Dilemma film's key players, Tristan Harris started his career off studying computer science with a focus on Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at Stanford, while simultaneously working at Apple, where he invented the "Spotlight for Help" feature that is still in use today.
Tristan had planned to keep going at Stanford to pursue his Master's degree in computer science but dropped out along the way in order to create a startup called Apture, which was so successful it was acquired by Google in 2011, which is where Tristan went to work next.
During his time at Google, Tristan worked as the Design Ethicist and Product Philosopher, which meant he studied how "digital screens affect users' behavior, thought patterns, relationships, and general wellbeing."
By using "the intersection of behavioral science, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, habit-formation, social systems, and ethics," Tristan helped invent new designs that "embed mindfulness" into everyday device usage, and even got to work together with Thich Nhat Hanh during his tenure.