Future Dweller Nick Bilton on What Newspapers Can Learn from Porn

Nick Bilton
Nick Bilton

No one knows what the future holds for newspapers, but Nick Bilton's guess is worth more than most. A compulsive multitasker, Bilton has had a peripatetic career path through the realms of film, advertising, technology and publishing. At The New York Times, he's worked as a design editor, a member of the research and development team and, most recently, as the lead writer for the paper's tech blog, Bits. He is, in short, the kind of person who would own a dog named Pixel that can play air hockey on an iPad.

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He's also an author. Bilton's new book, I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works: Why Your World, Work and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted, is about how technology has changed the way consumers interact with information and entertainment, and what the producers of those kinds of content -- including the newspaper he works at -- need to understand to avoid getting left in the past. Rule No. 1: You can learn a lot from pornography. Note:The following video is the first of a three-part series. Clickable thumbnails for Parts 2 and 3 are available below the video player that has Part 1 ready to play.