"The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology. And it is terrifically dangerous, and it is now approaching a point of crisis overall." - E. O. Wilson
Our society is being hijacked by technology. What began as a race to monetize our attention is now eroding the pillars of our society: mental health, democracy, social relationships, and the development of our children. In this meetup, we want to collaborate on how we can realign technology and organizations with humanity's best interests. The range of topics is wide, e.g. digital ethics, politics, mindfulness, society, minimalism, education, ai, and blockchain. We focused our activities on the Rhineland region with Cologne, Düsseldorf, Aachen, and Bonn – but under the pandemic, we open up worldwide.
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Background: In recent years, former Google employee Tristan Harris initiated the #timewellspent movement to show the world how the most successful digital companies built products that demand our attention which in turn disconnects us from each other. Later on, he co-founded the Institute of Humane Technology (humanetech.com) which was also involved in making "Social Dilemma" (socialdilemma.com) the Netflix documentary about the dark sides of social media.
On the other hand, people have always been afraid of new technologies, i.e. trains that drive with more than 30 kph, book printing, TV, and so on. Is it different now? How can we integrate these considerations about technology serving humanity in our product design processes? What are your thoughts on this topic?