Reboot is a publication and community reimagining techno-optimism for a better collective future.

Technologists have long imagined their work in a vacuum. Hurry up, it’s time to build! they proclaim, moving fast and breaking plenty along the way.

Rather than hacking away at half-baked solutions, we aim to redefine what “success” in tech means altogether. At Reboot, we believe:

  • Technology is part of a system. We analyze tech in the context of the institutions and ideologies it shapes and is shaped by.

  • Technologists should also be thinkers, writers, and advocates. Democracy thrives when we all have the courage to state the future we want to live in.

  • Optimism is an action, not a belief. We’re neither accelerationists nor Luddites: we are agents chipping away at a better world.

To that end, here’s what we’re building:

  • Newsletter: Every week, we share a book review, interview, or essay by a Reboot community member—check out the full post archives here.

  • Events: Every month, we host live Q&As with authors of the best new books on technology and society. Audience participation is welcome!

  • Community: We run an annual student fellowship, in-person meetups, book clubs, and more. Fill this out to join our Discord community.

On top of our public work, paying supporters will also receive a print edition of Kernel Magazine, invite-only digital events, and audio versions of some essays. You can join for $40, or a donation price of your choosing.

our people

Reboot was created by Jasmine Sun and Jessica Dai in April 2020. Today, we operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit run by an ever-growing team of volunteer contributors, and supported by a community of thousands of students, educators, writers, engineers, historians, activists, and scientists.

Some notes from our lovely readers and community members: