Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc. Considered by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world, O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata: The Business of Data, the Velocity Conference on Web Performance and Operations, and many others. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is also a partner at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O'Reilly's early stage venture firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online, PeerJ, Code for America, and Maker Media, which was recently spun out from O'Reilly Media. Maker Media's Maker Faire has been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution.

Posts by Tim O'Reilly

"Science & Invention," by John Augustus Walker, 1935; photographed by Carol M. Highsmith.

Using AI to create new jobs

Tim O’Reilly delves into past technological transitions, speculates on the possibilities of AI, and looks at what's keeping us from making the right choices to govern our creations.

The transitive closure of a directed acyclic graph.

How I detect fake news

How I traced the falsity of one internet meme, and what that teaches us about how an algorithm might do it.

Geography of Twitter @replies.

The Huffington Post has a fake news problem

It isn’t just Facebook that has a fake news problem, and it isn’t just Donald Trump and kids in Macedonia who are using social media to send the news spinning wildly away from the truth.

Pamplona bull run.

“Wall Street made me do it”

We have to change the incentives that encourage companies to choose boosting their stock price over investing in people and the real economy.

The first prototype de Havilland DH106 Comet at Hatfield, 1949.

Media in the age of algorithms

The problem of fake news and bad sites trying to game the system is an industry-wide problem — companies should share data and best practices in the effort to combat it.

Windows of opportunity.

What will AI make possible that's impossible today?

If we let machines put us out of work, it will be because of a failure of imagination and a lack of will to make a better future. (Full text, video, and slides from Tim O'Reilly's talk at the White House Frontiers Conference.)


Creating a culture of learning

Tim O’Reilly, Laura Baldwin, and Jake Schwartz discuss advances in just-in-time corporate education and how companies and their staffs can keep up with the pace of change.

Tim O'Reilly's Alexa, his Nexus 6P, and his kettle. It's his kitchen's attack on the cell phone OS.

What should Alexa do?

The success of the Amazon Echo’s speech interface shows there's an opportunity for someone to build a completely new mobile operating system.

Photograph of mural "Transportation of the Mail," by Alfredo de Giorgio Crimi, 1937.

Why we'll never run out of jobs

Tim O’Reilly explains why we can’t just use technology to replace people; we must use it to augment them so they can do things that were previously impossible.

A worker looking at a machine

Tim O'Reilly: How smart managers should use artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence isn't just about replacing humans with computers; the best managers will find ways to use AI to augment their workers. In this video, a compilation of clips from the O'Reilly Next:Economy Summit 2015, Tim O'Reilly talks with AI leaders who see an essential role for humans in the AI-enabled world.

OSCON hall track

Putting open source to work

OSCON is where independent developers and enterprise users find the knowledge and inspiration to work on things that matter.

Elementary school gym

Escaping the superstar syndrome

Sports show us the impact a superstar can have on the success of a team. But it's the team with the most superstars that wins.

Make a Break

The WTF Economy

What do on-demand services, AI, and the $15 minimum wage movement have in common?

The Post Office

The Internet of Things and Humans

The network, new data capabilities, and mobile devices rich in sensors have created fresh and unconventional possibilities to rethink workflows and processes in the real world.

Crossing the Assiniboine

By People, For People

The failure of healthcare.gov was a textbook DevOps (or rather, lack of DevOps) case study. But it’s part of a wider pattern that reminds us that people should be at the heart of everything we build. In fact, getting the “people” part right is the key both to DevOps and great user experience design.

Masai Mara Stampede

How I failed

A candid post about some of the things that kept me, my employees, and our company from achieving our full potential.

Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie Day

On 10/30/11 let's remember the contributions of computing pioneer Dennis Ritchie.