Estimated reading time: 12 minutes. I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as a Design Ethicist at Google caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked.
When the Voyager 1 probe was 3.7 billion miles from Earth, Carl Sagan made a request. He asked NASA to turn it around to snap a quick photograph. The result was a faint image of Earth surrounded by the vastness of space.
Everything seemed right, but I just couldn’t fish the words out of my brain. I thought through everything I usually do to feel prepared to write. And I realized that part of my problem was that I was writing in my bedroom, sitting on my bed.