Our mission is to reverse human downgrading by inspiring a new race to the top and realigning technology with humanity.

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Today’s tech platforms are caught in a race to the bottom of the brain stem to extract human attention. It's a race we're all losing.
The result: addiction, social isolation, outrage, misinformation, and political polarization.

These aren't disconnected issues. They are part of human downgrading.
While companies have been upgrading technology, they’ve been downgrading humans:
  • Shortening attention spans
  • Rewarding outrage over dialogue
  • Addicting children
  • Polarizing the democratic process
  • Turning life into a competition for likes and shares

We are creating a new race to the top:

Toward Humane Technology that embraces rather than
exploits human nature.

This new generation of technology will compete to:

  • Help us focus
  • Build common ground
  • Support democracy
  • Protect the development of kids
  • Align our lives with our values

Our world-class team of deeply concerned former tech insiders intimately understands the culture, incentives, design techniques, and org structures driving human downgrading.

We work with technologists and organizations to reverse human downgrading.


Since 2013, our nonprofit work has raised awareness for millions of people and advised tech companies, top executives, and political leaders.

The systemic lens of human downgrading creates
new leverage around a unified agenda for change:

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    can design policies that protect citizens from human downgrading by shifting tech company incentives.

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    can create products that support user intentions and values instead of causing human downgrading.

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    can help those working to address human downgrading get more sophisticated about human nature.

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    can hold their employers accountable for human downgrading.

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    can create surround sound public pressure to discuss and reverse human downgrading.

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    can fund the transition from human downgrading to humane technology.

A global movement against human downgrading is emerging, and we’d love to help you find your place in it. We’re working to support technologists who are standing up for our humanity, experts in the harms being caused and the paths to alleviating them, and advocates who are changing the rules of the game.

Join the Humane Movement

Together, we can get technology platforms to reverse human downgrading and start putting humanity first.

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