Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly

Tim O’Reilly has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. If you’ve heard the term “open source software” or “web 2.0” or “the Maker movement” or “government as a platform” or “the WTF economy,” he’s had a hand in framing each of those big ideas. He is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of O’Reilly Media, and a partner at early stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). He is also on the boards of Maker Media (which was spun out from O’Reilly Media in 2012), Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox. His book, WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us, was released by Harper Collins in October 2017.

Posts by Tim O'Reilly

Thomas Jefferson statue

What’d I miss?

Tim O'Reilly reflects on the stories from 2017 that played out after he finished writing his new book.

Detail, Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera, at the DIA

Our Skynet moment

Tim O'Reilly says the algorithms that shape our economy must be rewritten if we want to create a more human-centered future.

"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 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.


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.