Samuel Woolley: The Reality Game (with Davey Alba)

Thursday January 16: 7:30PM 8:30PM

Buy a copy of The Reality Game or a $15 gift card in-store to attend. This event will take place in the 2nd floor Art Department at Strand's main store, located at 828 Broadway (at 12th Street).

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

Despite Samuel Woolley's warnings as early as 2013, the problem of online disinformation stormed our political process in 2016 and has only worsened since. Yet as Woolley shows in this urgent book, it may pale in comparison to what's to come: human-like automated voice systems, machine learning, "deepfake" AI-edited videos and images, interactive memes, virtual reality, and more. In stories both deeply researched and compellingly written, Woolley describes this future and imagines its profound impact on our politics.

Information literacy is an essential ingredient in a healthy democracy, and The Reality Game shows how the breakneck rate of technological change is making it nearly impossible. Woolley argues for a new culture of invention, one built around accountability and especially transparency. We cannot afford to continue re-litigating the past. Instead, we must follow signals to prevent manipulation in the future--and use our new tools not to control people but to empower them.

Join us on the 2nd floor for a talk about technology and information with Samuel C. Woolley and Davey Alba of The New York Times.

Dr. Samuel C. Woolley is a writer and researcher specializing in the study of automation/AI, politics, persuasion, and social media. He is the Research Director of the Digital Intelligence (DigIntel) Lab at the Institute for the Future, a 50-year-old think-tank based in the heart of Silicon Valley. Sam is co-founder and former research director of the Computational Propaganda Project at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. He has written articles for Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Motherboard, TechCrunch, and Slate and has featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal and on The Today Show, BBC’s News at Ten, and NBC’s Nightly News. His work has been presented to members of NATO, the U.S. Congress and the U.K. Parliament.





Davey Alba is a technology reporter covering online disinformation for The Times. Before 2019, she was a senior technology reporter at BuzzFeed News, where her story on how Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, used Facebook to fuel the drug war in the country, won both a Livingston Award and a Mirror Award.