Hi. My name is Neil, and I’m an addict. I’ll admit it, I’m addicted to technology, and you know what, I suspect that you are too. We’re all addicts now aren’t we? We’ve all become addicted to a very modern drug called technology.
It’s not our fault that we’re addicted to technology, we're only human after all. You see technology is just too damn addictive. And why is it so addictive? Because it’s been designed to be so by designers like you and me. It’s been designed to engage, to demand our attention, to draw us in and to slowly but surely get us hooked.
In this talk which was originally delivered at UCD 2016, I’m going to argue the case for why we as designers should be helping to break this cycle of addiction. Why we should be focusing on making a positive impact on peoples’ lives, rather than chasing ever greater usage of our products and designs. I’m going to show you how to create products that are more ethically engaging; that let people get on with their lives without becoming a slave to the machine!