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 advises the C-suite of some of the world’s largest and most admired companies, as well as three-star generals and admirals, White House leadership and the leadership of foreign governments.

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 2019), which was longlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year award and shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Digital Thinking Award. The Big Nine 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 previous 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. Her bestselling memoir Data, A Love Story (Dutton/ Penguin January 2013) is about finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 7 million times and has been translated into 32 languages. Data is being adapted as a feature film, which is currently in production. Her books have been translated into 19 different languages.

Amy Webb is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Säid School of Business, 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 corporate foresight strategy, uncertainty and emerging technology. 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, NPRand more. Her research has also been cited in several academic papers.

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 in Aikido, but a serious accident during training 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


Press Kit

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 (hardcover 2019; paperback with new material launching February 2020)
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. You can also reach them at (908) 276-4344.

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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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