NYT tech columnist, Kevin Roose, on AI and the importance of journalism

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Published on 19 Sep 2023, 14:30
Kevin Roose is a technology columnist for The New York Times covering technology innovation, including AI. He’s also the author of three books: his latest, Futureproof, is a “guide to surviving the technological future,” including nine rules to help people more confidently navigate a machine-filled world. In this episode, Roose discusses how he developed an interest in technology at a young age, how he became a journalist and an author (and how technology has impacted both industries), what it’s like writing about AI right now, and the importance of media and journalism to hold companies accountable.

Chapters:
0:00 – 3:58 Introduction
3:59 – 6:32 Growing up with the internet
6:33 – 10:36 The internet of the 90s vs today
10:37 – 11:35 Web tools and text editors
11:36 – 13:28 Getting started in journalism
13:29 – 17:08 Tech’s impact on the news industry
17:09 – 23:24 Public scrutiny in journalism
23:25 - 31:13 On podcasting, social media and personal brands
31:08 – 36:10 The role of media and journalism with AI
36:11 – 39:18 Kevin's experience with Bing Chat
39:19 – 42:59 Importance of feedback and responsible AI
43:00 – 44:41 Kevin’s hobbies
44:42 – 51:41 Episode recap

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