Amy Webb

Founder

  

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 future forecasting firm now in its second decade. Webb 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 shortlisted for a 2017 Thinkers50 RADAR Award.

Webb is a 2017-18 Delegate in the United States-Japan Leadership Program. She was a 2014-15 Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and her research received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. Webb was also a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy. Every year, Webb lectures about the future of technology at Harvard University as well as a number of universities worldwide, which have included Institut d'études politiques de Paris, Tokyo University and National University of Kyiv.

Webb’s research focuses on the future of technology and its next-order implications on business, military, governing and society. Her forecasting models, trends and scenarios have been featured in the New York Times, MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles TimesFortune, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, CNN, NPR, and more. Her research has also been cited in several academic papers. She is the tech columnist and a contributing editor at Inc. Magazine, where she writes about the future of technology and business.

Amy is the author of three books, including The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream (PublicAffairs, December 2016) which explains how to predict and manage technological change. It is a Washington Post Bestseller and was selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016 and was an Amazon’s best book of 2016. 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 6.3 million times and has been translated into 32 languages. Data is being adapted as a feature film, which is currently in production. Her upcoming book, due out in the spring of 2019, is a manifesto about the future of AI and everyday life.

For the past 15 years, she has been dedicated to helping inform and shape the future of journalism. Amy is a new member of the accreditation council of the ACEJMC, where she is helping to recalibrate accreditation standards for journalism and communication programs throughout the country. She was a David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecturer at Ball State University in 2016. Every year, Webb lectures about the future of media and technology at a number of universities, which have included Harvard University, Institut d’études politiques de Paris, Temple University, Tokyo University and National University of Kyiv.

Amy is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Interactive Media Peer Group – previous Blue Ribbon Emmy award judge). She serves on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Earlier in her career, Webb was a journalist for the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. She was based in Hong Kong and Tokyo, and she covered technology and media.

Amy originally attended the Jacobs School of Music to study classical clarinet. She holds a B.A. in political science, game theory and economics from Indiana University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She also earned Nikyu Certification in the Japanese government-administered Language Proficiency Test and speaks fluently. In addition, she earned the rank of Shodan (first-degree black belt) in Aikido, but a serious accident during training a few years ago forced her to retire.


Prospective NYU MBA students:

I’m teaching Thursday nights this fall 2017 and also Thursday nights spring 2018. Registration is first-come, first served. My class fills up very quickly, and auditing is not permitted. Unfortunately I cannot make exceptions. If you have questions, please be in touch with me directly via my NYU email address.

 


Media Interview, Speaking and Lecturing Requests

Media Requests

If you are a reporter and want to interview me for a story, or if you need FTI research, please contact Cheryl Cooney at cheryl@futuretodayinstitute.com or call (267) 342-4300. This includes requests for broadcast appearances. If you are on immediate deadline, call our office: 267-342-4300.

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Lecturing and Speaking Engagements

I’m represented exclusively by Stern Speakers. Please be in touch with Danny Stern at danny@sternstrategy.com or Ania Trzepizur at ania@sternstrategy.com. You can also reach them at (908) 276-4344.

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The Signals Are Talking: Media requests

If you are a reporter or reviewer, please send your request to Cheryl Cooney at hello@futuretodayinstitute.com or call (267) 342-4300.

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TV/ Film consulting requests:

If you are a producer or writer working on tech/ science/ future-themed shows and film projects and would like my help, please contact Danny Stern: danny@sternstrategy.com or call (908) 276-4344.