I’m a writer, journalist and technologist. I spent a large part of my early career writing about media for major news outlets including The Washington Post.
I wrote the book Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age (HarperCollins, 2010), which offered constructive philosophical solutions to some of the human downsides of the digital age. A New York Times bestseller, it has been published in many countries and languages. The book launched me on a journey into the technology world.
In 2014, I joined the MIT Media Lab as a research scientist and spent the next five years on research projects aiming to ensure that artificial intelligence reflects human values and enables social progress. I’m now Visiting Scholar for Humanistic Technologies at the Center for Humans and Machines, Max Planck Society, Berlin. I’m also co-founder and CEO of Public Mind, a non-profit launching in 2022 that will be mapping online public discourse on the major ethical, social and policy questions of our time.
– William Powers, 2022