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. Webb’s research focuses on the future of technology, business, governing and society, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Guardian, BBC and elsewhere.
Webb is a 2017-18 Delegate in the United States-Japan Leadership Program and was a 2014-15 Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. She was a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission and worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy. Her most recent book, The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream (PublicAffairs/Hachette, December 2016), explains how to use the tools of a futurist to predict and manage technological change. It was a Washington Post Bestseller, selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016, an Amazon best book of 2016 and won the Gold Axiom Award. Her bestselling memoir Data, A Love Story (Dutton/Penguin 2013) details how she used data analysis to manipulate the algorithms on dating websites. Her TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 6 million times and has been translated into 32 languages. Her upcoming book, a manifesto about the futures of artificial intelligence and everyday machines, will be published in 2019 (PublicAffairs/Hachette).