Brian Merchant



Science and Technology


UC Santa Barbara



Brian Merchant is a writer, editor, and producer based in Los Angeles. He writes about technology, and artificial intelligence and automation. His first book,“The One Device” was described in the New York Times as “A stunning book. You will never look at your iPhone the same way again.”




Merchant wrote for TreeHugger from 2008 to 2012 and his work has also appeared in the LA Times, the Guardian, Slate, VICE Magazine, Fast Company, Fortune, Motherboard and Gizmodo. He is currently the senior books editor for OneZero, Medium’s tech publication. He also runs Terraform at VICE, an online fiction site. He once spent a month living on nothing but Soylent and says “Today, I spend most of his time investigating the myriad ways humanity is attempting to survive itself.”


  • The One Device was shortlisted for the Financial Times best business book for 2017, and has been translated into a dozen languages.
  • He is currently writing 'Blood in the Machine,' which will examine the disruptive power and toll of automation through the lens of the Luddite uprisings.
  • Merchant wrote “Klick here to kill”, the cover story for the January, 2020 issue of Harpers magazine.




BA in English and Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara.


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