John Markoff

Affiliate Fellow, Stanford Institute for Human Centered Artificial Intelligence

John Markoff is currently researching a biography of Stewart Brand, the creator of the Whole Earth Catalog. A research affiliate at CASBS, Markoff will be participating in projects focusing on the future of work and artificial intelligence. In 2017-18 he was Berggruen Fellow at CASBS. In 2017 he joined the Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, California, as a staff historian. Prior to joining CHM, Markoff was the business and technology reporter of The New York Times since March of 1988. Prior to his near 30-year tenure at The Times, Markoff 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. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize multiple times before winning in 2013 for reporting on the impact of technology on labor and automation. Markoff has written two books that offer a unique perspective on computer history, including What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry in 2005 and Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground between Humans and Robots in 2015. He currently is working on his latest book Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand set to be published in 2022.

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