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Kevin Roose

Award-Winning Technology Columnist at The New York Times and Bestselling Author of Futureproof - Panelist Blurb

Kevin Roose is an award-winning technology columnist
for The New York Times and the bestselling author of
three books, Futureproof, Young Money, and The Unlikely
Disciple. His column, “The Shift,” examines the intersection of tech, business, and culture. He is a recurring guest on The Daily and appears regularly on leading TV and radio shows.

At The NY Times, Roose writes about technology and its effects on society. Recently, that has meant a lot of coverage of companies like Facebook and YouTube, as well as profiles of internet person­alities like PewDiePie, and social phenomena like online radical­ization and workplace automation.

Worried that he was not ready for a world dominated by AI, automation, and mind-morphing algorithms, Roose decided to do what reporters do: he interviewed experts, read a ton of books and papers, and went in search of answers. The result was his book, Futureproof, a guide to surviving the technologi­cal future. Originally published in 2021, Futureproof is scheduled for an updated re-release in late 2023 to address the more recent trends in AI and technology and how to work with them rather than against them.

He is the host of two New York Times podcasts: Hard Fork, a weekly chat show with Casey Newton about the wild frontier of technology, and Rabbit Hole, an eight-part series released in 2020 about how the internet is influencing our beliefs and behavior.

Roose’s first job in journalism was unique: as a sophomore in col­lege, he took a semester off and went undercover at Liberty Uni­versity, Jerry Falwell’s evangelical Christian school. His goal was to figure out what life was like among people who he considered his polar opposite. From his experience came his first book, The Unlikely Disciple, a memoir of a strange and enlightening semes­ter “abroad.”

After college, Roose joined The New York Times, followed by New York magazine, and wrote a second book: Young Money, which chronicled the lives of 8 junior Wall Street investment bankers right after the 2008 financial crisis. Before rejoining The Times in 2017, Roose produced and co-hosted a TV documentary series about technology, called Real Future.