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 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 and admirals, White House leadership and CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies.

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 is a Fellow in the United States-Japan Leadership Program and a Foresight Fellow in the U.S. Government Accountability Office Center for Strategic Foresight. She was a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and her research received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. Amy 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. 

Amy writes extensively about artificial intelligence, emerging technology, digital media and the impacts/ opportunities they present. She is the tech columnist and a contributing editor at Inc. Magazine, and she writes a column about the future of technology for The Nikkei (Japan). She regularly contributes to a number of publications all over the world, which include the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Fortune, Mother Jones and others. Amy’s future forecasting work has been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, CNN, NPR, and more. Her research has also been cited in several academic papers.

For the past 15 years, Amy has been dedicated to helping inform and shape the future of journalism. She is a 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 is chairing a committee to develop a new, international digital certification program. Every year, Amy lectures about the future of media and 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. She was a David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecturer at Ball State University in 2016.

Amy serves on a script consultant for films and shows about artificial intelligence, technology and the future. Most recently, she worked on The First, a sci-fi drama about the first humans to travel to Mars (airing on Hulu and Channel 4). She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and has served as a Blue Ribbon Emmy award judge. 

Amy originally attended the Jacobs School of Music to study classical clarinet and served on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 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. 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. She lives in Baltimore and in New York City.

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

  • IEEE (professional member)

  • The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour

  • Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

  • Online News Association (ONA)

  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)

  • Association of Professional Futurists


Prospective NYU MBA students:

I’m teaching Thursday nights spring 2019. 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

Full and short-length bios and photos can be downloaded here. For additional information, please contact Cheryl Cooney at cheryl@futuretodayinstitute.com.

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Media Requests - General

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 267-342-4300. This includes requests for broadcast appearances. If you are on immediate deadline, call or text me: 410-227-2632. (But please not in the middle of the night.)

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Media Requests - Books

The Big Nine (launching March 5, 2019)
If you are a reporter or reviewer, please send your request to my publicists Mark Fortier, Lisa Barnes and Jamie Leifer. Mark can be reached at mark@fortierpr.com, Lisa at lisa@fortierpr.com and Jamie can be reached at 212-364-1100 or jaime.leifer@hbgusa.com. Please make sure to cc Cheryl Cooney cheryl@futuretodayinstitute.com

The Signals Are Talking (hardcover 2016; paperback 2017)
Please send your request to Jaime Leifer at PublicAffairs: 212-364-1100 or jaime.leifer@hbgusa.com, and make sure to cc Cheryl Cooney cheryl@futuretodayinstitute.com

Data, A Love Story (hardcover 2013; paperback 2014)
Send your request to Cheryl Cooney at cheryl@futuretodayinstitute.com.

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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, Mel Blake at mblake@sternstrategy.com or Ania Trzepizur at ania@sternstrategy.com. You can also reach them at (908) 276-4344.

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Workshops

If you'd like to learn more about a custom workshop for your organization, please be in touch with Mel Blake at mblake@sternstrategy.com or (908) 276-4344.

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Prospective Future Today Institute clients

We'd love to hear from you. Please email 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 Mel Blake at mblake@sternstrategy.com or call (908) 276-4344.

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Film rights for Data and my TED talk 

The rights have been claimed and a movie is already in production.

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