Brian Merchant


Brian Merchant is a writer, reporter, and author based in Los Angeles. His work focuses on AI, Silicon Valley, labor, and power. He's the author of Blood in the Machine: The Origins of the Rebellion Against Big Tech, and the national bestseller The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone. He was the tech columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a senior editor at Motherboard, and the founder of Automaton, Gizmodo's investigation into AI and work. He's the co-founder of Terraform, VICE's speculative fiction platform. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, WIRED, Harper's Magazine, the Washington Post, and beyond.