About

 

Alexis Madrigal is a writer and journalist in Oakland, California. He's the editor-at-large for Fusion. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a staff writer at Wired. 

He curates the 5it newsletter, which covers emerging technologies and social dynamics through history and a general appreciation that the future will be as weird as the present. 

He's been a visiting scholar a UC Berkeley's Center for the Study of Technology, Science, and Medicine and an affiliate with Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. 

 

Madrigal authored the book Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. 

Currently, he's at work on a project centered on the Port of Oakland. It looks at how global trade really works and the people who do the labor of moving stuff—in the context of a Donald Trump presidency and the ascendance of artificial intelligence-powered automation. Expect an 8-episode podcast in January 2017 and a book sometime this decade. 

He was born in Mexico City, grew up in rural Washington State, and went to Harvard. 

Now, he takes a lot of pictures.