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Technology Speakers

 

Artificial Intelligence. 4D Printing. Virtual Reality. Lavin’s technology speakers can explain how the latest inventions, networks, and gadgets will transform the market. But they also speak to technology’s more profound impact—on culture, policy, and society at large—with the critical sophistication of our very best theorists.

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Jessica Green

CEO of Phylagen, Inc. | TED Senior Fellow

How can we create sustainable cities and healthier buildings—including classrooms, hospitals, offices, and homes—by studying microbes? TED Senior Fellow Jessica Green explains how in visually rich talks that chart the frontier of bio-inspired design. 
 
Jeremy Gutsche

CEO of Trend Hunter | New York Times Bestselling Author of Better and Faster

Jeremy Gutsche is “an intellectual can of Red Bull” (Association Week) and a management consultant to brands, billionaires, and CEOs (he’s even helped NASA brainstorm ways of putting people on Mars). With contagious enthusiasm, he shows us how to use methodical innovation to generate ideas and kickstart creativity in times of rapid change.  
Michael Murphy

Architect | Founding Principal and Executive Director of MASS Design Group

If you want to know what we prioritize as a society, look to our architecture. This is the philosophy of Michael Murphy, one of the most acclaimed, visionary architects in America. Murphy speaks eloquently on how the buildings we make, work, and live in can nourish us, bringing necessary function and equally necessary beauty to individuals and communities alike.   
 
Susan Hockfield

President Emerita of MIT | Author of The Age of Living Machines (Forthcoming)

We’re entering the Age of Living Machines, where biology and engineering converge to create revolutionary technologies that will transform our world. Susan Hockfield—President Emerita of MIT and a leading voice in the STEM fields—is the preeminent speaker on this new “convergence.” 
 
Britt Wray

Science Writer and Broadcaster | Author of Rise of the Necrofauna

Science storyteller, broadcaster, author—in total, Britt Wray’s work is about life and what we make of it: past, present, and future. Author of the astonishing book Rise of the Necrofauna, Wray’s talks show audiences what’s happening at the forefront of biotechnology, and how it affects us.
Martin Ford

Author of Architects of Intelligence and The New York Times bestseller Rise of the Robots

We’ve known for a long time that robots have replaced a majority of manual labor jobs. But they are now taking over complex jobs we previously thought only humans could do. In Rise of the Robots, Mart...

Amber Baldet

CEO of Clovyr | Former JP Morgan Blockchain Lead

Amber Baldet is that rare blockchain speaker who brings clarity—and personality—to these important new technologies. Baldet was blockchain program lead at JP Morgan and is CEO of Clovyr. In keynotes, she looks at how “an internet of value” may disrupt the global economy while making life better for everyone.
Jer Thorp

Data Artist | Innovator-in-Residence at the Library of Congress | Former NYT Data Artist in Residence

When Twitter, Microsoft, and Facebook need an expert to analyze their data, who do they turn to? Jer Thorp—the most respected Data Artist in America. By creating multi-dimensional, visually stunning projects, often using hundreds of square feet of imagery and billions of pieces of data, Thorp makes data visible—and changes the way we think and act.
 
Mitchell Joachim

TED Fellow and Urban Designer

Architect and designer Mitchell Joachim tackles the urban issues redefining our built environments and cities: his work boldly reassesses the way humans live together in the 21st Century. In mind-bending talks, shares the ground-breaking work and disruptive ideas that will make that future a reality.  
Daron Acemoglu

Author of Why Nations Fail | One of the 20 Most Cited Economists in the World

In the face of increasing automation, we’ve been far too complacent, argues MIT’s Daron Acemoglu. Either we close the skills gap and prepare for the future of work—for the full impact of artificial intelligence—or risk losing more than just jobs. Acemoglu answers some of the most important economic and political questions of our time.

Annie Lowrey

Author of Give People Money | Contributing Editor at The Atlantic

How is the economy adapting to profound technological advances, such as AI and automation? How are these forces, and many others, redefining the nature of work, the potential of business, even society itself? Annie Lowrey, one of our most exciting economics speakers, offers a clear view of what these tectonic shifts mean for you. 
Ajay Agrawal

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Expert | Founder of the Creative Destruction Lab | Author of Prediction Machines

“Humans make noisy predictions” says world-leading Artificial Intelligence researcher and economist Ajay Agrawal. Author of the game-changing book Prediction Machines and founder of U of T’s Creative ...

Eric Berlow

Data Ecologist and Complexity Scientist

An ecologist, data scientist, and co-founder of Vibrant Data, Eric Berlow knows just how significant the intersection of data and AI is to business. In his clear and timely talks, Berlow shares the complexity of the data and AI supply chain, and how you can nourish your data ecosystem. 
Tarah Wheeler

Cybersecurity Expert | Author of Women in Tech

Cybersecurity attacks are doubling every year. Phishing scams are at an all-time high. These days, it isn’t an IT flunky answering for security breaches, it’s CEOs and business owners, non-tech…

 
Michael Casey

Blockchain, Social Media and Fintech | Co-Author of The Truth Machine, The Social Organism, & The Age of Cryptocurrency

As Senior Advisor to MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative and co-author of both The Age of Cryptocurrency and The Truth Machine (Feb. 2018), Michael Casey demystifies the blockchain: the decentralized record-keeping system driving the bitcoin revolution.

 

Michael Katchen

Founder and CEO of Wealthsimple

If Toronto is the Silicon Valley of the North – a thriving international hub of technological innovation – then Michael Katchen is one of its leading figures. Katchen is the founder and CEO of Wealthsimple, whose easy-to-use service has redefined investing for a young generation, and whose massive success has disrupted the financial services industry.  
 
Rahaf Harfoush

New York Times Bestselling Co-author of The Decoded Company

Rahaf Harfoush is a Digital Anthropologist and bestselling author researching the impacts of emerging technologies on our society. She focuses on understanding the deep (and often hidden) behavioral shifts that are taking place within organizations and individuals as global digital infrastructures enable the unprecedented exchange of ideas, information, and opinions.
 
Peter H. Diamandis

Chairman and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, Innovation Speaker

It’s very likely that the future of space exploration lies in the hands of Dr. Peter Diamandis. As co-founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, he oversaw the creation of the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for commercial spaceflight. An entrepreneur on the leading edge of science and technology, he speaks on disruptive innovation, motivation, and how to drive exponential growth. 
Nina Tandon

CEO and Co-Founder of EpiBone, TED Senior Fellow

Nina Tandon is at the cutting edge of science where sci-fi meets reality. She works on growing artificial hearts and bones that can be put into the body, and studies the new frontier of biotech: homes...

David Rose

MIT Senior Lecturer | VP of Vision Technology at Warby Parker

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-...

Nicholas Thompson

Editor-in-Chief of Wired | Former Editor of NewYorker.com

The story of how science and tech will change our lives is one of the most important in the world. And no one’s more equipped to tell it than Nicholas Thompson. As the editor-in-chief of Wired, he is ...

Amber Mac

Relentless Adaptation & Digital Innovation Speaker | Co-Host of The AI Effect

Amber Mac is a writer, podcaster, entrepreneur and digital maverick whose understanding of disruptive technologies helps companies anticipate lightning-quick changes as they come—from Artificial Intel...

Laura Galante

Leading Cybersecurity Analyst | Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council and Founder, Galante Strategies

Cyber spying. Russian hacking. DNC leaks, fake news, and manipulation. To Laura Galante, cybersecurity—and cyber literacy—are indispensable tools for any government or corporation. From The New York T...

Douglas Rushkoff

Author of Team Human, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, and Present Shock

Instead of trying to optimize human beings for the automated future, we should be optimizing technology for human beings, says Douglas Rushkoff. A world-renowned philosopher and futurist, Rushkoff’s i...

David Kong

Director of MIT Media Lab’s Community Biotechnology Initiative

At the MIT Media Lab, David Kong is a passionate, brilliant exponent of biotechnology: the next major scientific innovation to transform life as we know it. But to start the revolution—and for human c...

Skylar Tibbits

TED Fellow | Speaker on 4D Printing | Author of Self-Assembly Lab

Skylar Tibbits is on the cutting edge of 4D technology. In his Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, the future of how we make things is being mapped out—and the implications are enormous. Imagine, as just one ex...

Adam Alter

New York Times Bestselling Author of Drunk Tank Pink and Irresistible

Adam Alter is a bestselling author who studies how we think and decide—how consumers spend, doctors diagnose, judges punish, and investors invest. In his new book, Irresistible, he explores how tech c...

Virginia Heffernan

Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art

In her new book Magic and Loss, Virginia Heffernan treats the Internet not merely as a new technology or business tool, but as a great masterpiece of civilization—a massive and collective work of art ...

Anab Jain

Innovation Speaker, Founder & Director of Superflux

Designer, entrepreneur, TED Fellow, futurescaper: Anab Jain wears many hats, and brings them all together at her multidisciplinary design studio, Superflux. Based in London and India, Superflux is bot...

Dr. Helen Papagiannis

Augmented Reality Speaker and Author of Augmented Human

The power of Augmented Reality resides in its capacity to amplify human possibility: creative expression, knowledge, and connection, says Dr. Helen Papagiannis, a world-leading expert in the field. Wi...

Christian Rudder

Co-Founder of OkCupid and Author of Dataclysm

In the age of Big Data, Christian Rudder stands out. Rudder is in personal possession of one of the richest data sets in the world, accumulated from the dating site he co-founded, OkCupid, as well as ...

Sue Gardner

Executive Director of The Markup | Former Director of Wikimedia Foundation

The fight to keep the internet democratic and easily-accessible is one of society’s most urgent battles. The discussion around net neutrality and corporate consolidation has the potential to reshape...

John Maeda

Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic

John Maeda is a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist, educator, and investor whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology. For more than a decade, he has worked...

Adam Segal

Director of Cyberspace and Digital Policy at Council on Foreign Relations

Adam Segal is a cybersecurity expert who is at the forefront of this burgeoning field. In his talks and in his new book, The Hacked World Order, he provides meaningful answers to urgent questions abou...

Sarah Prevette

Innovation Speaker, Founder of Future Design School

“Fall in love with the problem you’re solving—not the solution,” says entrepreneur Sarah Prevette. The founder of Sprouter and BetaKit and co-star of Quit Your Day Job, a new reality show about entrep...

Salman Khan

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Khan Academy

Sal Khan is the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit with a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan is also the founder of Khan Lab School, a nonprofit laboratory school in Mountain View, California, where he teaches seminars in the humanities and sciences. 
Steve Wozniak

Co-Founder of Apple Computers

Considered by most to be the real “brains” behind Apple, Steve Wozniak is not just a first class engineer with three decades of world-famous credentials, he’s also a really nice guy. Personally invest...

Heather Payne

Founder of Ladies Learning Code and HackerYou

Why should we care about how technology really works? Why aren’t more women and youth learning how to code? Heather Payne is asking—and answering—these essential questions. Payne is the founder of Lad...

Gina Kolata

New York Times Reporter for Science and Medicine; Author of Mercies in Disguise, Rethinking Thin, Ultimate Fitness, and Flu

Gina Kolata demystifies the science of personal health. The author of six books, Kolata’s acclaimed writing and front page New York Times stories—on stem cell research, new cancer treatments, exercise, cloning, and more—have influenced public policy and upended conventional wisdom. In talks, she relates it all to the bigger picture: what it means for you and your future. 
Ari Wallach

Founder of Fast Company’s Futures with Ari Wallach; Futurist & Social Innovation Strategist

What can you start doing today to shape the futures you want for yourself, your organization, and for society? How can we de-center technology and re-center empathy in imagining tomorrow’s world? Futu...