Alex Salkever

Alex Salkever is a writer, futurist and technology leader. He is the co-author with Vivek Wadhwa of YOUR HAPPINESS WAS HACKED: Why Tech Is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain—and How to Fight Back and THE DRIVER IN THE DRIVERLESS CAR: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future (finalist, 2017 McKinsey / Financial Times Book of the Year).

Alex writes about and consults leading technology companies on innovation, the attention economy, blockchain and exponentially advancing technologies such as robotics, genomics, renewable energy, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and driverless cars. He is a columnist for Fortune and the former Technology Editor at

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Hacking Back Our Happiness: Alex examines how tech is hacking away at our collective happiness and lays out simple strategies that can help us all build healthier, happier lives with tech.

Alex discusses his book, "Your Happiness Was Hacked", and the link between ADHD and screen time on CBS News


Announcing the re-release of THE DRIVER IN THE DRIVERLESS CAR: How Your Technology Choices Create the Future

A completely revised and updated version of the 2017 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year is now available with a bonus chapter. Salkever and Wadhwa offer us three questions to ask about every emerging technology: Does it have the potential to benefit everyone equally? What are its risks and rewards? And does it promote autonomy or dependence? Looking at a broad array of advances in this light, they emphasizes that the future is up to us to create—that even if our hands are not on the wheel, we will decide the driverless car’s destination.