Inspired by Shubhankar's upgrade suggestion on this session, the idea proposes a personal content recommendation algorithm that takes precedence over ANY other social media or google algorithms.
Every person would effectively have a personal guardian "filter" that:
decides which content is allowed to be brought to your attention
knows the right timing when you need some inspiration, entertainment, knowledge
You would never encounter the timelines and recommendations from social media apps. The only time you would see a Facebook post, a youtube video, a tweet, an Instragram post or a Tik-tok video is if your personal guardian filter determines that it's what you need to see at that moment or if you specifically search for something/someone. As soon as you've seen what you needed, your personal filter would not let the 3rd party app show you anything unrelated.
All content would be on-demand. Your algorithm would let one or two pieces of fun/useful content come through only if you are bored and consciously request it. The filter would make sure that you are not just clicking on auto-pilot.
The user interface would be brutally honest. It would make you feel like a junkie if you requested too much fun with no specific purpose. "Did you consume enough?" Then you would have to click:
Yes, take me out of this attention trap.
No, I need more to take the edge off. Hit me again.
Because native content recommendation algorithms are working in the app's favor which is almost never good for the user. The user's attention is the commodity that is being cleverly manipulated to maximize the benefit for the app (screen time, clicks on ads). The user is being hooked with hits of feel-good neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin) that are released in the brain as a result of the content that shows up on screen. The user unknowingly ends up using the device as a drug of choice. This can take hours out of the person's day and years of their lives. More importantly, this can take a toll on the person's productivity and prosperity in life.
A personal content recommendation algorithm would have different objectives. It would be geared to learn and protect the owner's interests, direct their attention at fun content in moderation and aim for the beneficial content. It would also not try to grab the owner's attention when their time would be better spent elsewhere. Most importantly, it would not let any other app pull the owner's attention into a circle-jerk.
Apps often give their users a way to opt-out of potentially offensive content (sex, violence, gore, etc). Nobody ever gives the users a way to opt-out of having their attention manipulated out of their control. This would be it.