In Light of Ai
David Weinberger
Writer. Speaker. Teacher.


A New Light
AI is casting a new light on our most basic ideas about ourselves, our businesses, our world:
How can we know anything in a world too big to understand?
How can we make decisions in such a world?
When is following rules a terrible mistake?
Not whether we should be fair, but what type of fairness applies?
What is sustainability when everything is a black swan?
In a multidimensional world, what counts as success ?


Pushing past hot-takes
to explore the ideas behind the ideas
Harvard researcher   Berkman Klein Center   MetaLab   Shorenstein Center   Philosophy Ph.D. (U. of Toronto)
Business ⊚    HBS Digital Initiative board of advisors, Drucker Global Management Forum senior advisor, U.S. State Dept. business fellow   Early social media entrepreneur  "Marketing guru " — WSJ
AI & Tech   4 years embedded in Google AI groups   Founding director, Harvard Library Innovation Lab
Consulting   Consultant to startups, tech leaders, and to 3 presidential campaigns
Talks, Books...  Keep scrolling ...
Insight after Insight. And laughs, as well.
In hundreds of keynotes around the world, David delivers engrossing, custom talks that take the audience to the humanity beneath the tech and the numbers.
An extraordinary teacher, he knows how to take his listeners on a journey of ideas.
And as a long-ago comedy writer for one of the biggest names in the business, he knows how to keep an audience not just engrossed, but laughing .
His ground-breaking book, Everyday Chaos (2019, Harvard Business Press), shows how the Internet taught us how to succeed by holding back from anticipating the future, setting machine learning up to reveal the chaos of everyday life and business by enabling us to succeed by embracing it.
Too Big to Know (2014) examines how contemporary digital tech and culture have fundamentally altered the nature and role of knowledge. As the subtitle says, now the smartest person in the room is the room.
For the tenth anniversary of their best-selling book, the four authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto put the original version together with new essays about how the ideas in it fared.
Everything Is Miscellaneous (2007) explores how digitalization has changed our ideas about how the world is organized, since digital things can be put into as many categories as we want. Ranging over science, business, entertainment, philosophy, and more, Cory Doctorow called it an "instant classic."
Small Pieces Loosely Joined (2002) has been called "the best book written about the Web." It shows how weird the web's structure is, and wonders if people have flocked to it because its weirdness shows us the true nature of the offline world.
The Cluetrain Manifesto (2000) was a best-seller and a cultural phenomenon. It was taken as the voice of the early Web denizens and pioneers who were trying to tell businesses and the press that the Web is not a marketing tool or even an info highway. It's a social space (years before FB)in which we could talk with others in our own voice about what matters to us.
Nuclear Dialogues (1981): Philosophical dialogues about nuclear weapons.
Adventurers Guide to Interleaf Lisp (1993) A Beginner's guide to programming online docs with LISP.
My $100 Million Dollar Secret (2007) Young Adult novel about a kid who wins the lottery but has to hide it from his parents.
For an organized look at David's articles, posts, and podcasts, the linked page has links to hundreds of his articles for the likes of HBR, Wired, Scientific American, CNN, NPR, and many many more.
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