Amy Webb

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Amy Webb
Amy Webb.jpg
Born c. 1974 (age 43–44)
East Chicago, Indiana
Residence Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Alma mater Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University
Columbia University
Occupation Futurist, author, journalist, professor
Notable work Data, A Love Story
The Signals Are Talking
Brian Woolf (m. 2008)
Children 1

Amy Webb (born c. 1974)[1] is an American futurist, author and founder of the Future Today Institute.[2] She is professor of strategic foresight at New York University's Stern School of Business,[3] and was a 2014-15 Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Webb was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana.[1] She earned a bachelor's degree in political science, economics and game theory from Indiana University in 1997.[1] She moved to rural Japan, where she worked as a freelance journalist and an English teacher.[1] She went on to earn a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2001.[1][5]


Webb started her career as a journalist covering technology and economics. She was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, and then relocated to Hong Kong to work as a staff reporter with Newsweek, covering emerging technologies.[1][5] In 2006, Webb founded the Future Today Institute (formerly Webbmedia Group), a management consulting firm.[2][5] Since 2007, Webb has authored the Future Today Institute's annual Tech Trend Report, an account of the future of technologies and their impact on society.[3][6] In 2011, she co-founded Spark Camp, an invite-only leadership conference focused on the future of business, government and society.[7]

Webb is a 2017-18 delegate in the US-Japan Leadership Program[8] and was a delegate on the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy.[1] She is a futurist consultant for the Hulu television series The First.[9] Forbes named her one of the Women Changing the World (technology category).[10] In 2012, she was named one of Columbia Journalism Review's 20 women to watch.[11] She was named to the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 people most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led, and won the 2017 Thinkers50 RADAR Award.[12] She was on the expert panel at the Wall Street Journal Future of Everything Festival in 2018, where she spoke about the growing role of artificial intelligence in daily lives.[13][14]


Webb's memoir Data, A Love Story was published by Dutton in 2013.[15][16] The book chronicles Webb's attempts at online dating.[16][17] Initially meeting with failure, Webb collected and analyzed data to game online dating.[18] Booklist called the book "clever and inventive",[19] and Publishers Weekly deemed it an "insightful, funny journey through online dating."[20] Webb's 2013 TED Talk about Data, A Love Story has been translated into 32 languages and has been viewed more than 6.7 million times.[1][21]

In 2015, Harvard University published How To Make J-School Matter (Again), Webb's research on the challenges facing journalism educators and the future of journalism.[22]

Webb's book The Signals Are Talking: Why Today's Fringe Is Tomorrow's Mainstream was published by PublicAffairs on December 6, 2016.[23][24][25] In the book she describes her methodology for strategic foresight and examines how weak signals become widely accepted.[23] It was selected as one of Fast Company's Best Business Books of 2016[26] and as one of Amazon's Best Books of December 2016.[27] It was a Washington Post bestseller,[28] and has been translated into Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Webb is Jewish.[16] She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband and their daughter.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mary Carole McCauley, "Baltimorean, data-obsessive Amy Webb IDs tech trends that will disrupt tomorrow," Baltimore Sun, January 27, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Christina Vuleta, "Don't Sit Back And Let The Future Happen To You: Listen To the Signals," Forbes, January 18, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Khari Johnson, "Future Today Institute: China will become the world's 'unchallenged AI hegemon' in 2018," VentureBeat, March 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Nieman Foundation Announces Visiting Fellows Fellows". Harvard. 
  5. ^ a b c "Amy Webb brings Awesome to Baltimore". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Oliver Pechter, "Amy Webb: Smartphones will be gone in 10 years," Business Insider, October 30, 2017.
  7. ^ Chris Gayomali, "What Happens At The Ultimate Summer Camp For Influencers," Fast Company, July 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "Meet the 2017 Delegates," The Leadership U.S.-Japan Program, March 30, 2017.
  9. ^ Elizabeth Howell, "Humans to Mars Summit 2018 Launches This Week,", May 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "Women Changing The World: Technology". Forbes. 
  11. ^ "20 women to watch". CJR. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Thinkers50 Radar". Thinkers50. 
  13. ^ "The Future of Everything Festival: What's Next for AI?" Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "If Machines Take Over, Who Will Be in Charge?" Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2018.
  15. ^ "Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2013, Pt. 1: American Tech, from Edison to Detroit to Online Dating". Library Journal. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c Nina Stoller-Lindsey, "She wanted a husband, so she did the math," Times of Israel, February 14, 2013.
  17. ^ "Can Online Dating Lead To Love?". Time Magazine. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "A New Formula For Love". CNN. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Review: Data, A Love Story". Booklist. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "Review: Data, A Love Story". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "Amy Webb: How I hacked online dating TED Talk". TED. 
  22. ^ "Amy Webb's new approach to curriculum and classroom education". Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. 
  23. ^ a b Kevin Roose, "For Better or Worse: New Books Forecast the Next Technologies," New York Times, December 29, 2016.
  24. ^ Andrea Hanis, "'The Signals are Talking': Amy Webb teaches us to listen," Chicago Tribune, December 22, 2016.
  25. ^ Brian Bergstein, "How to Think Like a Futurist," MIT Technology Review, December 28, 2016.
  26. ^ "The 10 Best Books of 2016". Fast Company. 
  27. ^ "10 best books of December 2016, according to Amazon's editors". Christian Science Monitor. 
  28. ^ "Washington Post bestsellers: July 23, 2017," Washington Post, July 21, 2017.

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