Farhad Manjoo

State of the Art Columnist, New York Times
  • Influential Silicon Valley columnist covering technology since the dot-com boom
  • Frequent panelist at tech conferences such as SXSW and CES
  • Examines the effects of technology on every facet of life including politics and the 2020 election
  • Gives audiences a look at future trends and impending disruptions

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Farhad Manjoo is a leading and influential Silicon Valley voice and an opinion writer for The New York Times. In this role, he covers a variety of topics spanning technology, culture, politics, and more. He previously served as writer of the Times’ “State of the Art” column after the departure of Yahoo Tech founder David Pogue. In that role, Manjoo reviewed the latest devices and innovations in addition to a wide variety of tech-related topics including the emergence of new media, Silicon Valley and start-up culture, and the ways in which politics, society, and business are being shaped by the rapid emergence of new technologies. Formerly a columnist with The Wall Street Journal and Slate and a tech news writer for Wired, Manjoo has been covering technology since the last dot-com boom, closely following the rise and occasional fall of the sector’s biggest names. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Manjoo discusses impending disruptions, the future of how we live and work, and what these changes will mean for specific industries.

In addition to his writing and reporting, Manjoo co-hosts the tech podcast “The Jay & Farhad Show” with CNBC executive editor Jay Yarow and frequently hosts panel discussions at tech conferences including SXSW and CES, where he has interviewed tech CEOs and influencers including Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield. Manjoo is also the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society, which examines the emergence of “fact-free spin and propaganda” on the internet as well as a forthcoming book based on a prior cover story about tech giants Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

Born in South Africa, Manjoo has a degree from Cornell University, where he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper.

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State of the Art: The Intersection of Technology & Society. Farhad Manjoo is a tireless reporter plugged in not only to the development of the latest tech trends, but also the ways they alter humanity in the short and long run. Manjoo’s speeches evaluate how the digital revolution has and will affect American lifestyles, relationships, businesses, and political institutions, sharing with audiences what matters now—and what’s coming.

How The Internet Is Loosening Our Grip On Reality. Democratic nations rest on a shared understanding of truth. But technology is altering that understanding, and suddenly threatening democratic ideas across the globe.

For much of the world, this problem—how Facebook and other modern news technologies spread “fake news” and plant us into ever-deeper echo chambers—has only become an obsession recently. Manjoo has been thinking about the issue for more than a decade. In 2008, he wrote the book on the subject: “True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society,” which argues that modern information technologies are exploiting well-known human psychological biases to effectively push different parts of the world into their own information bubbles.

In his hour-long talk on the subject, Manjoo provides an engaging history of the transformation of media. Examining research from psychology and economics, he provides a full picture of how smartphones, social networks and a multiplicity of information sources are altering democratic norms. And he explains how professionals whose mission involves facts—pretty much everyone—can spot fakery, truthiness and efforts to distract from accurate information online.

The Frightful Five. The technology industry has long had an attachment to kids in the garage who change everything. Consider Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. These are the heroes of the tech industry—the visionaries who pushed against boundaries to bring forth new companies that altered the world.

But something has changed in tech. The upstarts are no longer the center of the universe. It’s the big guys who’ve taken over: Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have all amassed so much power over the technology business and much of the rest of the global economy that they have become essentially indomitable. They’re the Frightful Five, the handful of companies who are now collectively deciding the fate of most of the rest of American industry.

Manjoo, who is writing about book about the Five, provides an in-depth look at their technological, cultural and economic strengths and weaknesses. He reports on how they work; on their leaders, and what makes them tick; and what each of them is good at, bad at, and bent on achieving in the next two decades. 

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