Nicholas Thompson

Monday, July 20, 2020
10:45am EDT

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"The Most Important Story: Science and Technology"

The story of how science and tech will change our lives is one of the most important in the world. Nicholas Thompson, the editor-in-chief of Wired, is the first person to know — and investigate — both the technological and ethical developments as they unfold in Silicon Valley. Championing tech’s role in making the world a better place, at Wired, Thompson is staking out a bold, optimistic vision for covering, and responding to, the changing realm of digital culture: from artificial intelligence to entertainment, privacy to social media, ethics to war — topics he’ll discuss to open the week.

Thompson served previously as a senior editor at Wired from 2005 to 2010, then played a pivotal role with The New Yorker — first as senior editor, then as editor of the magazine’s digital platform, where he helped re-design the website, launch the New Yorker app, spark an eight-fold increase in monthly readers, and quadruple the number of new digital subscribers each month. Earlier in his career, Thompson worked as a senior editor at Legal Affairs, as an editor at the Washington Monthly, and co-founded The Atavist, a National Magazine Award-winning publishing company. He is also the author of The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War.

Thompson is the recipient of the 21st Century Leader Award from The National Committee on American Foreign Policy and was a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation. He graduated from Stanford University, where he was a United States Truman Scholar.