“The fundamental problem of humanity is that we have paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and God-like technology.” — E. O. Wilson.
More than ever, we need the wisdom to match the power of our God-like technology. Yet, technology is both eroding our ability to make sense of the world, and increasing the complexity of the issues we face. The gap between our sense-making ability and issue complexity is what we call the “wisdom gap."
How do we develop the wisdom we need to responsibly steward our God-like technology?
This week on Your Undivided Attention, we're introducing one way Center for Humane Technology is attempting to close the wisdom gap —through our new online course, Foundations of Humane Technology. In this bonus episode, Tristan Harris describes the wisdom gap we're attempting to close, and our Co-Founder and Executive Director Randima Fernando talks about the course itself.
Sign up for the free course: https://www.humanetech.com/course
Note: Foundations of Humane Technology was a monumental lift that involved the hard work of many talented individuals. A special thank you to Welf von Hören, who we missed in our credits. And again, deep gratitude to our hundreds of alpha and beta testers from around the world, and to everyone involved in the complex project.
Tristan Harris started his career as a magician. He studied persuasive technology at Stanford University, and used what he learned to build a company called Apture, which was acquired by Google. It was at Google where Tristan first sounded the alarm on the harms posed by technology that manipulates attention for profit. Since then, he's spent his career articulating the insidious effects of today’s social media platforms, and envisioning how technology can serve humanity. Today, Tristan is the president and co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology.
Randima (Randy) Fernando combines expertise in technology, social impact, and mindfulness. He spent 7 years as a Product Manager at NVIDIA, a worldwide leader in powering computer graphics and AI, and was the Executive Director of Mindful Schools, a non-profit that has taught mindfulness to millions of kids and over 50,000 educators worldwide. Today, Randy is the Co-Founder and Executive Director at the Center for Humane Technology. Alongside his role as Executive Director, he led the development of our new course, Foundations of Humane Technology.