Great article… good points!
I think these aspects is where CHT can play a big role. Not only regarding digital health and smartphone addiction / limiting time-spent on the device, but also in other humane tech fields.
While the companies involved do not really change because they suddenly have our best interests at heart, and in some ways they cut themselves by e.g. making their product less addictive, they can also gain new unique selling points (USP’s) by incorporating these changes. Thing that lead to greater trust in their products and… uttimately increased sales.
Volvo - while spending huge amounts of research money on it - has a rock-solid brand image of being the safest car manufacturer on the planet.
Similar USP’s are to be had for tech companies:
- Improved privacy improves trust (but you’ll benefit less from data harvesting)
- Improved security improves trust as well (but you’ll spend more of your product development budget on it)
- Increased overall transparency, honesty, e.g. in privacy policies, but more broadly as well (but costs more money, may cost customers)
Positioning yourself as a Humane Tech company (humane tech as a philosophy engrained in your mission) - and acting accordingly - is becoming a truly attractive USP to develop. If the big tech companies do not move into these areas, there are significant niches for smaller competitors in this field.