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May 5-7, 2020




Saving the Attention Economy from Addiction, Fraud, and Hate

Hosted by Human Ventures

thursday, May 2, 2019

11:35 AM - 12:15 PM

Sheraton Times Square

Stage 3

Every time you pick up your phone, you are for sale. The “Attention Economy” is all of the money companies make by capturing your attention. And in true economic fashion, these companies are competing to beat each other out in this pursuit. The technologies, currencies, habits, and tradeoffs they employ in the pursuit of more cash inevitably have significant negative impacts on our lives.

The Attention Economy is perhaps the most influential economic force on the planet. With endless demand and limited supply, attention is arguably the most valuable resource in the world. The Attention Economy is a massive portion of the 80 trillion dollar global economy–and it’s failing us.

In this talk, Ashlyn Gentry and Nick Bell help us understand what the attention economy is, how it affects us, and why we should start preparing for some significant shake ups to the way we live our lives.

Attend this session and learn:

  • What the attention economy is
  • Why all of the metrics and currencies used in this industry are fake
  • How technologies we use every day are designed to be addictive
  • How the things we think we’re choosing to pay attention to through free will are actually specifically designed for us to click on

Event Location



Social Media Week

Saving the Attention Economy from Addiction, Fraud, and Hate

May 2, 2019 - 11:35 AM - 12:15 PM

Hosted by Human Ventures




Nick Bell

Nick Bell

Managing Director, Human Ventures

Sara Fischer

Sara Fischer

Media Reporter, Axios

Ashlyn Gentry

Ashlyn Gentry

Managing Director, Human Ventures