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David Rose

Using AI, you can prototype your future—don’t wait for someone else to do it for you.

MIT Senior Lecturer | VP of Vision Technology at Warby Parker

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David Rose | MIT Senior Lecturer | VP of Vision Technology at Warby Parker
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Artificial Intelligence isn’t strictly the domain of companies like Netflix and Amazon anymore. AI is disrupting just about every industry says MIT researcher David Rose—from healthcare, to brick-and-mortar retail, to neighborhood security. Whatever your field, be it marketing, social enterprise, education, or government, Rose argues that everyone can and should prototype a multiplicity of futures using AI—before someone else does it for us.        

AI’s power is exponential, and with it, our previously under-optimized human skills are too. David Rose, an MIT instructor, AI product designer, and tech entrepreneur says we need to think about it as a framework for the future—a flexible one that has the capacity to help us improve every aspect of life “the way spellcheck can help a writer.” In his vivid, forward-looking talks, Rose explains how AI can change the way we enhance the safety of our streets, or help people hear better without expensive hearing aids, or even how neural-networked cameras can help us better understand our customers’ needs. Rose is “on a mission to make technology dissolve into the fabric of daily living,” and as he shows audiences, AI is a new organizing principle, with the tools of design available to any who reach for it.


“Rose is an engaging, plain-spoken guide.”

The New York Times

Rose is a Senior Lecturer at MIT and author of Enchanted Objects, the preeminent book on the Internet of Things—the concept where everyday items are able to anticipate our needs, talk with each other, and make life simpler. Rose is currently the VP of Vision Technology at Warby Parker, where he’s spearheading their use of AI to make eye tests accurate, affordable, and accessible. A serial entrepreneur, Rose served as the CEO at Ditto Labs, and was founder and CEO at Vitality, a company that reinvented medication packaging that is now distributed by CVS and Walgreens. He also founded Ambient Devices, which embedded internet information in objects such as lamps, mirrors, and umbrellas. He holds patents for photo sharing, interactive TV, ambient information displays, and medical devices. His work has been featured at the MoMA, and covered in Wired, The Economist, and The Colbert Report.

Speech Topics

Artificial Intelligence
Prototype Your Future Using AI Don’t Wait to Automate
David Rose wants you to prototype a future envisioned by you, not a tech conglomerate who happens to have your data. In this talk, Rose demonstrates how it’s not as far a stretch as you might initially think. AI culture, he says, has the potential to be the digital double of analog “maker” culture—you just need to see how AI can work for you and your company. Thanks to swiftly developing, accessible prediction/automation tools, all kinds of companies are drawing on the imaginative possibilities of AI to create the likes of interactive yoga apps, firefighter helmets that detect a building’s doorways, or software that can assess a customer’s facial expression so you can better serve them. As the former CEO of the AI company Ditto Labs, Rose knows the empowering possibilities that await you, and this keynote will show you the path to prototyping the future on your own terms.
Artificial Intelligence
What If Eyes Had Minds of Their Own? The Future of Automated Seeing
Vision is one of the most disruptive technologies coming down the pike, says David Rose, affecting anyone in any field of innovation. AI, drones, and wearable cameras and are causing radical shifts in how we sense and see and world. An “Internet of Eyes” is changing transportation with self-driving cars, disrupting retail with self-checkout, automating agriculture, and remaking how we design and police future cities. In this talk, Rose shows how AI is altering what we think of as a camera’s ability to inertly capture an image. We are now using cameras with neural networks that gather data from whatever its lens is pointing at, making them cameras that really see. These computer vision technologies are starting to jump into the glasses we wear every day to superimpose new fantastic layers of “mixed reality.” These new eyes enable remote collaboration, contextual learning, and exciting new tools for sports, gaming and creativity. Goodbye smartphones, hello augmented reality glasses—the next big computing platform to which businesses will adapt or perish. Rose explains all this and more in this imagination-stoking talk about the AI-augmented future of seeing.