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A New Online Course for Professionals Shaping Tomorrow's Technology

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After over a year of development, we’re delighted to announce the public launch of Foundations of Humane Technology, a self-paced, online course designed to help you build technology that serves humanity's best interests.

Foundations of Humane Technology responds to the growing need across the tech industry for new principles to guide more humane product development. Check out our 2 min overview video here:

Foundations of Humane Technology teaches how to apply the 6 Tenets of Humane Technology to the design, development, and distribution of technology.

Foundations of Humane Technology had substantial input from experts, partners, and hundreds of beta testers. We are grateful to all of those whose work inspired and informed our own.

Foundations of Humane Technology is made possible by the generous lead supporters of the Center for Humane Technology. Support for this course was provided in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.


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March 10, 2022

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