John Markoff

Affiliate Fellow, Stanford Institute for Human Centered Artificial Intelligence

John Markoff is a writer in residence at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). Previously, he was a research affiliate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), where he participated in projects focusing on the future of work and artificial intelligence. He served as a Berggruen Fellow at CASBS from 2017–2018. In 2017, he joined the Computer History Museum (CHM) as a staff historian. Prior to that, Markoff was the business and technology reporter of The New York Times for nearly 30 years. He was a reporter for San Francisco’s Pacific News Service from 1977 to 1981 and wrote a column on personal computing for The San Jose Mercury News from 1983 to 1985. Markoff was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize multiple times before winning in 2013 for reporting on the impact of technology on labor and automation. He has written three books on computer history, including What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry (2005), Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground between Humans and Robots (2015), and Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand (2022).


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