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David Rose

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

Resident Futurist at EPAM Continuum | MIT Senior Lecturer | Former VP of Vision Technology at Warby Parker

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David Rose | Resident Futurist at EPAM Continuum | MIT Senior Lecturer | Former 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.        

An MIT instructor, AI product designer, and tech entrepreneur, David Rose understands that AI’s power is exponential, and that it has the capacity to improve every aspect of life “the way spellcheck can help a writer.” Formerly the VP of Vision Technology at Warby Parker—where he spearheaded the company’s use of AI to make eye tests accurate, affordable, and accessible—Rose now serves as the Resident Futurist at EPAM Continuum, where he imagines and designs our future digital ecosystems. His mission is to make technology dissolve into the fabric of daily living as naturally as possible. But whether it’s restoring our physical abilities, enhancing the safety of our streets, or predicting consumer needs, one thing is for certain: AI offers us a new organizing  principle for modern life—and in his vivid, forward-looking talks, Rose explains how we can take advantage.


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

The New York Times

Rose is the 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. A serial entrepreneur, Rose previously 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.
Enchanted Objects The New Vanguard for Business Connectivity, Design, and the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is the hottest topic of the moment—a shift predicted to be as momentous as the impact of the internet itself. The internet has allowed us to share ideas and data largely input by humans. What about a world where data from objects as diverse as umbrellas, fridges, and gas tanks all flows through the internet? We are truly at the frontier of a new, hyper-connected future: and MIT Media Lab’s David Rose is our guide. Author of the first major book on the subject, Rose is bringing the inevitable takeover of the Internet of Things to the forefront of public consciousness. If you own a business, if your company makes a product, if you are involved in manufacturing, supply chain management, environmental monitoring, transport, retail, healthcare, urban planning, architecture, design—literally any industry—your sector will be affected.
In this mind-opening talk, Rose explains how to get in on the ground floor of the Internet of Things or, as it’s known in the manufacturing sector, Industry 4.0 (the fourth industrial revolution). He describes how products are poised to become services, and how we will be creating new user experiences, not new technology. Instead of staring at our iPhone screens, we will be surrounded by simple and user-friendly objects that respond to our needs, come to know us, and learn to think on our behalf. How can you embed connectivity and productivity into your product? he asks. It’s time to revolutionize the way your company thinks about technology, design, and making money. 
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.