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Amy Webb
Professor, Futurist & Author at The Signals are Talking

Profile

Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Founded in 2006, the Institute advises Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups around the world. Amy was named to the Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led and was won the prestigious 2017 Thinkers50 RADAR Award. Amy’s special area of research is artificial intelligence, and she has advised three-star generals, White House leadership and CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies on the future of AI.

Amy is the author of three books, including The Big Nine: How The Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity (PublicAffairs/ Hachette, March 5, 2019), which is a call-to-arms about the broken nature of artificial intelligence, and the powerful corporations that are turning the human-machine relationship on its head. Her last book, The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream (PublicAffairs/ Hachette, December 2016), explains Amy’s forecasting methodology and how any organization can identify risk and opportunity before disruption hits. Signals is a Washington Post bestseller, was selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016, won a 2017 Gold Axiom Medal for the best book about business and technology and was one of Amazon’s best books 2016. Signals has been released in multiple international editions and has been translated into a number of languages. Her bestselling memoir Data, A Love Story (Dutton/ Penguin 2013) is about finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 6 million times and has been translated into 32 languages. Data is being adapted as a feature film, which is currently in production.

Amy has spoken to numerous audiences all around the world, including at the World Economic Forum, the Milken Institute Global Conference, the Aspen Institute, SXSW and TED. She has also addressed teams at hundreds of companies, including IBM, Microsoft, UnitedHealth Group, Fidelity Investments, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Google, BestBuy and more. She is a frequent guest on television shows and podcasts. Her TED talk, about the future of data and algorithms, has been viewed close to 7 million times, translated into 32 languages and has been part of Delta Airline's in-flight entertainment and Marriott's in-room videos.

Amy Webb's Network

Agenda Sessions

  • Q&A with Amy Webb

    , 10:00am
  • KEYNOTE: Scenes from the Year 2029

    , 9:15am