Learn More About Gideon Lichfield
Tech journalist and author Gideon Lichfield is the Global Editor-in-Chief of WIRED. A career spent traveling the world and covering topics ranging from quantum computing to the Chechnya conflict has given him a futurist’s eye for technology trends and innovations that are changing every area of business, government and society.
Having started out as a science and tech writer at The Economist, Lichfield was posted to Mexico City, Moscow, and Jerusalem before settling in New York City. He left The Economist to become one of the founding editors of the trailblazing digital news outlet Quartz, and then editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review. An entertaining and provocative speaker, he has spoken and moderated at events such as SXSW, The Aspen Ideas Festival, and the World Economic Forum, and at workshops and conferences from Managua to Minsk, Boston to Beijing, and Toronto to Tel Aviv. Besides his staff jobs, his journalism has been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, the New Republic, Foreign Policy and others.
A graduate of the London School of Economics and Bristol University, Lichfield spent a year as a fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute where he wrote science fiction pieces as a way to explore the social and political implications of technological advances. He is also a science fiction editor, publishing some of the genre’s leading authors in MIT Technology Review and as the editor of MIT Press’s 2021 anthology “Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future.” He also served as an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching a graduate course in foreign reporting at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
A UK native and self-proclaimed “polyglot, climber, biker, cocktailer, and vagabond” who speaks five languages – English, Spanish, French, Russian and Hebrew – Lichfield now splits his time between New York City and the Bay Area.
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The Complete Guide to How Generative AI Will Change the World—and How It Won’t
Generative AI tools like chatGPT, Bard, Dall-E, and MidJourney have taken the world by storm in a matter of months and are being heralded as the biggest technological revolution since the internet—or possibly even bigger. How do you keep up with the daily flood of information about new applications and new concerns, let alone make sense of what they mean for you and your business? Hear from someone whose job is to do exactly that: Gideon Lichfield, the global editor-in-chief of WIRED. After a career spent reporting on business, politics, science, technology and culture in more than 30 countries, Lichfield is supremely well placed to talk about all the ways in which new technology can interact with and redefine society. Starting with a clear and simple introduction to what makes these new AI models different from their predecessors, he’ll talk about their powers and their limitations, which industries stand to benefit the most, how and when to try them out in your own business, and how to safeguard against the risks of using them unwisely. He’ll help you think clearly and without hype about where these models’ potential is transformative versus merely incremental, address perennial questions like whether AI will replace human workers and how far it can mimic human creativity. He’ll run through the common fears about AI, from algorithmic discrimination to the wholesale destruction of humanity, and explain why they’re controversial and how to think about them with a clear head. Finally, he’ll address the question in the back of everyone’s mind: will AI eventually become sentient and truly intelligent, and what do we do when it does?
- Shaping A Responsible Data Ecosystem
- Where Are We Headed? A Conversation With Gideon Lichfield
- Love, Fakes + Robots
- How To Compete Online
The ‘Manhattan Project’ Theory of Generative AI
April 6, 2023
Silicon Valley Will Still Need a Bank
March 13, 2023
What AI Actually is and How it’s Shaping the Future (Audio)
February 20, 2023
Who Gets to Build the Next Software Stack of Civilization? ($)
September 14, 2022
Welcome to the New WIRED
January 3, 2022
WIRED Names Gideon Lichfield as Its Top New Editor
March 2, 2021
Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future (Twelve Tomorrows)
(The MIT Press, May 2021)