The Future of Journalism is Married to the Future of Communication Technology

By | October 20, 2014

The Hartford Courant is celebrating its 250th anniversary this month. It’s the oldest continuously published newspaper in America (and my former employer.) As part of the commemoration, I was invited to write an essay exploring the current state of journalism and technology, and what could happen to the field in the next 50 years.

After a few weeks of research, my essay took shape as a roundup of tech trends: Anticipatory algorithms, sensor journalism, glance journalism, robot journalism, augmented reality, virtual reality, drones, and technical censorship.

“Journalism is headed into an exciting and complicated age when part of the job will be finding the right balance between innovation, ethics and economics.”

The piece also gave me the opportunity to name drop J.C.R. Licklider and his accurate prediction of our current age of “human-computer symbiosis.” 

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