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NYT Blogger and New Author Nick Bilton Talks About the Future (Where He Apparently Lives)

Yesterday, BoomTown headed on down to the metalish-tube-clad HQ of the New York Times (NYT) to pay a visit on “Bits” head blogger Nick Bilton.

Bilton, who is one of the few tech reporters with programming cred, brings a geek-flavored sensibility to the newspaper’s online tech coverage.

Consider a recent story about a product called E-mail Classifier with the adorkable lede:

“My e-mail inbox is a dejected, endless morass. It’s a desolate wasteland of unanswered messages that continue to appear like a never ending game of Tetris.”

Happily, the tone of his new book–“I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted”–is much more tech-friendly.

In fact, he said in a chat yesterday, one of its aims is to beat back some of the scarier books blaming the dumbing-down Internet for everything except the BP oil spill.

Here is my video interview with Bilton at the Times’ cafeteria about the book, which comes out in a few weeks:

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik