Jacob Ward

Since 2018 I’ve been a correspondent for NBC News, reporting for the TODAY show, Nightly News, MSNBC, and NBC News Now on the unanticipated consequences of science and technology in our lives.

From 2018 to 2019 I was a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, along with its partner the Berggruen Institute, which gave me space and companionship on the Stanford campus to write The Loop, my book about the effects of artificial intelligence on human decision making, out January 2022 with Hachette Book Group.

Between 2016 and 2020 I hosted a landmark four-hour television series on the science and implications of bias. It changed my life. HACKING YOUR MIND is a globe-trotting account of the cutting edge of decision science, an examination of the ways our brains are ill-suited to twenty-first century problems, and a hopeful exploration of what we can do about it. I highly recommend it.

From 2013 to 2018 I was a television correspondent for Al Jazeera, covering science and technology in the US and around the world. While I was there I found a new way of telling stories: high-energy, upbeat delivery of dark and difficult topics. I covered everything from the heroin epidemic to environmental threats to the effects of gun violence in America.

In my previous life I was a magazine editor. Most recently I was editor-in-chief of Popular Science, the world’s largest science and technology publication. This site contains any television or public-speaking appearance of which I’m even remotely proud, along with my written work for The New Yorker, Wired, and other publications.

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