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.
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:
Jasmine Sun @jasminewsunmy baby pandemic project @reboot_hq turned one! 🎂 the best part of the past year has been meeting so many people who care deeply + think rigorously about tech's role in the world. because of them, i feel vastly more optimistic about the future of technology than when i began 💫
⚡ reboot ⚡ @reboot_hqKernel Magazine will open with the essay "take back the future!": @jasminewsun's manifesto outlining the personal, philosophical, and historical impetus behind Reboot’s existence. Read it here 💫 https://t.co/WyO5j0FaKH
⚡ reboot ⚡ @reboot_hqToday, we're launching Kernel, our inaugural print magazine. From personal essays to historical analyses to speculative fiction, it includes 14 pieces by young technologists dreaming of a better collective future ⚡️ You can preorder Kernel at the link below. https://t.co/BNLYCoZpGD