Amy Webb

Best-selling author and quantitative futurist researching emerging technology, business and society.

RANKED THINKER

Ranked #4 in 2023.

Previously featured:

2021

AWARD RECIPIENT

Recipient of the Thinkers50 2017 Radar Award.

SHORTLISTED

Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2021 Digital Thinking Award.

Ideas

One of the world’s foremost voices on technology and the future, Amy’s 2022 book, The Genesis Machine (co-authored with Andrew Hessel), explores the futures of synthetic biology – the opportunities it could provide as well as the perils. Her previous book, The Big Nine, is a call to arms about the broken nature of AI, and the powerful corporations that are turning the human-machine relationship on its head. AI’s destiny, she argues, is in the control of nine big corporations in America and China. The American companies, she explains, have big ideas about how to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges, but they are beholden to the whims of Wall Street. While the big tech giants in China are very much tethered to the demands of the Chinese state.

Bio

Professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the CEO of the Future Today Institute, Amy is a quantitative futurist. She pioneered a data-driven, technology-led foresight methodology that is now used within hundreds of organizations worldwide. She is a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Säid School of Business, a nonresident senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center, a fellow in the United States-Japan Leadership Program, a member of the World Economic Forum and was elected a life member to the Council on Foreign Relations. Amy has advised CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies, three-star generals and admirals and executive government leadership on strategy and technology.

Content

The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology (Public Affairs, 2022); The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity (Public Affairs, 2019); The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream (Public Affairs, 2016). 

NATIONALITY: American

Media picks

Verdict

“It is reassuring that the future is in Amy Webb’s hands.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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