Chroniclers of Technology: An Evening with David Kirkpatrick, Steven Levy & John Markoff
David Kirkpatrick, began his career with Time Inc. In 1983 he began covering computers and technology. From 2002-2008 he wrote a weekly tech column called „Fast Forward.” Kirkpatrick also developed and hosted Fortune’s Brainstorm conference, an annual gathering in Aspen, Colorado. Brainstorm attendees during the conference’s 5 years included President Bill Clinton, Google founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin, Sun Computer co-founder Bill Joy, Senator John McCain, FBI Director Robert Mueller, ecologists Paul Ehrlich and Amory Lovins, Under-Secretary of Defence Paul Wolfowitz, Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and venture capitalist John Doerr.
Kirkpatrick regularly writes articles about technology and society for Forbes magazine.
Steven Levy is a senior writer for Wired. Previously, he was chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek. Levy has had articles published in Harper’s, Macworld, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Premiere, and Rolling Stone. Levy has won several awards, including the „Computer Press Association Award” for a report he co-wrote in 1998 on the Year 2000 problem. In 1978, Steven Levy rediscovered Albert Einstein’s brain in the office of the pathologist who removed and preserved it. In 1984, he wrote a book called Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, in which he described a „hacker ethic”, which became a guideline to understanding how computers have advanced into the machines that we know and use today.
John Markoff became part of the original staff of the computer industry weekly InfoWorld in 1981. In 1984 he became an editor at Byte Magazine and in 1985 he left to become a reporter in the business section of the San Francisco Examiner, where he wrote about Silicon Valley. In 1988 he moved to New York to write for the business section of the New York Times. In November 1988 he reported that Robert Tappan Morris, son of National Security Agency cryptographer Robert Morris, was the author of what would become known as the Internet worm. In December 1993 he wrote an early article about the World Wide Web, referring to it as a „map to the buried treasures of the Information Age.” On July 4, 1994 he wrote an article about Kevin Mitnick, who was then a fugitive on the run from a number of law enforcement agencies. Markoff was one of a team of New York Times reporters who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, for a series of 10 articles on the business practices of Apple and other technology companies.
Kirkpatrick, Levy and Markoff will take the stage with moderator John Hollar to tell their personal versions of history gleaned from three decades covering one of the most riveting journalism beats on the planet:Favourite quote (at 50:56):
David Kirckpatrick: I just thought of somebody, when you said that, who is not unknown by any means but I think doesn’t get nearly the respect that he derves and that’s Ray Ozzie. Who, in my opinion, really percipitate a lot of what we today see in social. Notes was the first real social product.