The Attention Economy Is Eating Our Brains

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By Rafael Calvo and Dorian Peters

I start by discussing dinner but end up detailing an alien invasion by four-eyed chickens in bikinis just to see if my son will notice. We’ve all been there—madly wrestling for the attention of a loved one who’s buried deep in a digital device. Like a dance fight, we use various tactics, from guilt…

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Dorian Peters

Dorian Peters

Tech designer, researcher, author — design for wellbeing & ethical tech — Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge