Senior Editor, Artificial Intelligence
Cambridge, MA, San Francisco, or remote
We’re hiring an experienced journalist to lead our coverage of artificial intelligence. (Job title aside, this is primarily a writing, not an editing role.)
At Technology Review, we pride ourselves on our ability to look around corners; nowhere do we have a stronger track record of this than in our coverage of AI and machine learning. To name just a few recent examples: we examined the quest to teach AI common-sense reasoning, explained early on why it’s such a problem that that neural networks are a black box, and when others were heralding the arrival of self-driving cars, we pointed out that the systems they run on are disturbingly fragile. We were among the very first to go to China and describe how its rise as a technological powerhouse is built on AI.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to pick up this mantle and, as the senior member of a team of two dedicated AI reporters, raise our game even further. You’ll produce deeply-reported and engaging stories about progress in AI—and how it’s changing our day-to-day lives. You will be able to explain, in clear jargon-free language, what it means to live in a world where AI is poised to revolutionize healthcare, education, and our criminal justice system.
Your in-depth understanding of the fundamental science behind artificial intelligence will mean you know what technical breakthroughs are on the horizon, what they will make possible—and which ones are being overhyped. You should also be keenly interested in exploring not just what AI is capable of but how it’s being implemented and what its social and economic impacts have been. You should have a track record of having done so for other publications.
You will tell the AI story through analyses, narrative reporting, profiles, scoops, and any other storytelling means necessary. For example, in the past we have scraped the Arxiv’s trove of AI papers, put together charts on machine learning’s carbon footprint, and worked with world experts to make deepfake videos of ourselves.
Needless to say, you will have an enviable contacts book of people in both academia and industry to help you spot the big AI trends before anyone else. You will be comfortable hopping from writing a quick turnaround analysis of a major news event to working on in-depth, agenda-setting features.
MIT Technology Review is a world-renowned name in technology news. We cover tech at the cutting edge, where it’s just emerging into the world. Our mission: to make technology more of a force for good, through authoritative, influential, and trusted coverage that leads to better decision-making by those who build, use, and regulate technology. We benefit from our close ties to one of the world’s top research institutions while enjoying strict editorial independence. And we’re expanding.
You will write a mixture of timely stories reacting to or interpreting the news, original scoops, and longer features. Your success will be judged on your ability to make MIT Technology Review a must-read on your beat—meaning that while you won’t be expected to follow every bit of news, you’ll have something to say on the stories everyone is talking about, as well as publishing stories nobody else has. You’ll be expected to explore a variety of platforms and formats to tell your stories and spark discussions. You’ll speak and moderate at MIT Technology Review conferences around the globe, and represent us at other events. You’ll enjoy the access and authority (and staff benefits!) that come from our relationship to MIT and a mandate to seek out the stories that really matter, not the ones that get the most clicks.
The ideal candidate
- You have at least 5 years of experience as a technology journalist and the impeccable contacts that go with it.
- You’re exceptional at writing about complex subjects in a clear, engaging, jargon-free way, making them accessible and meaningful to a wide audience of tech-savvy readers.
- You’re curious about new technologies, the people creating them, and the impacts they have, and by how technology shapes and is shaped by its social, political, and economic contexts.
- You have a keen instinct for finding issues that truly matter and a healthy skepticism of over-hyped AI “breakthroughs.”
- You care about finding the best way to tell each story. You’re excited to experiment with varied digital storytelling formats and different ways of connecting to audiences.