If the speed that the world is changing makes you want to crawl into a cave, if you fret over the impact of technology, the fracturing of democratic institutions, the future of humanity, then Kevin Roose and Ethan Zuckerman have ideas you want to hear. Roose, technology columnist for The New York Times, has a vision for surviving our ever-accelerating technology onslaught with our jobs—and souls—intact, as articulated in his latest book Futureproof. Zuckerman, professor of public policy, information and communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, presents a roadmap for transformative, positive social change and civic engagement in his book Mistrust. These two big thinkers on the future compare notes, exchange theories, and question each other about what’s to come.
Kevin Roose is an award-winning technology columnist for The New York Times, and The New York Times bestselling author of three books: Futureproof, Young Money, and The Unlikely Disciple. He is the host of the “Rabbit Hole” podcast, and a regular guest on “The Daily,” as well as other TV and radio shows. He writes and speaks regularly on many topics, including automation and A.I., social media, disinformation and cybersecurity, and digital wellness. Before joining The Times, he was a writer at New York magazine, and a host and executive producer of "Real Future," a documentary TV series about technology and innovation. He lives in the Bay Area.
Ethan Zuckerman is associate professor of public policy, information and communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and director of the Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure. His research focuses on the use of media as a tool for social change, alternative business and governance models for the internet, and quantitative studies of digital media. He is the author of Mistrust: How Losing Trust in Institutions Provides Tools to Transform Them and Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Zuckerman co-founded the international blogging community, Global Voices, which showcases news and opinions from citizen media in more than 150 nations and 30 languages, publishing editions in 20 languages.
Image L-R: Kevin Roose, Ethan Zuckerman