Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, Future Trends in Technology and Conflict Expert

P.W. Singer

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P.W. Singer has been named by the Smithsonian Institution-National Portrait Gallery as one of the 100 "leading innovators in the nation" and by Foreign Policy Magazine to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, of the people whose ideas most influenced the world that year.

Peter Warren Singer is Strategist at New America, a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, and Founder and Managing Partner at Useful Fiction LLC, a strategic narratives firm.

New York Times Bestselling author, described in the Wall Street Journal as “the premier futurist in the national-security environment” and “an all around smart guy” in the Washington Post, he has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, and as an official “Mad Scientist” for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.

No author, living or dead, has more books on the professional US military reading lists. His non-fiction books include Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military IndustryChildren at WarWired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st CenturyCybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know and most recently LikeWar, which explores how social media has changed war and politics. It was named an Amazon and Foreign Affairs book of the year and reviewed by Booklist as “LikeWar should be required reading for everyone living in a democracy and all who aspire to.” He is also the co-author of a new type of novel, using the format of a technothriller to communicate nonfiction research. Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War was both a top summer read and led to briefings everywhere from the White House to the Pentagon. His latest is Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution, which used the format of a novel to explain key issues in AI and cyber threats. It has been described by the creator of Lost and Watchmen as “A visionary new form of storytelling—a rollercoaster ride of science fiction blended with science fact,” and by the head of Army Cyber Command as “I loved Burn-In so much that I’ve already read it twice.” The project led to briefings on AI’s implications for leaders who range from the US President to leading investors.

Singer has delivered speeches at venues that range from the White House and Australian Parliament to TED, SXSW, and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

  • How to Use The Power of a Story Well Told

    How do we better share new ideas and influence target audiences? How do we better understand and prepare for the future? How do we comprehend new trends and technologies? One answer may be to enlist the power of the oldest communication technology of all –story. Described in the Wall Street Journal as “the premier futurist in the national-security environment,” P.W. Singer is a best-selling author of both nonfiction and fiction, whose work at the intersection of strategic foresight, discovery, and narrative has been featured in media like The Economist and Wired. He is also the founder of Useful Fiction LLC, a company that aids organizations in “telling their story” more effectively. Having worked for groups that range from the US military and CIA to Hollywood and the most popular video game in history, he will explain the “why” of narrative and “how” best to tell a useful story.
  • How Ukraine Won The #LikeWar: Communication Lessons for Leaders

    For years, Russia was the most feared player on the Internet, shaping everything from elections to the pandemic. But when it came time for its most audacious operation of all, Ukraine turned the tables on the supposed master of information warfare, which not only drove global sympathy, but has had real battlefield and political effect. P. W. Singer is the co-author of “LikeWar,” a book that was named an Amazon book of the year and consultant to groups as diverse as the US military and Hollywood He will explain the ten techniques that Ukraine used to win its online fight, and what are the lessons for other nations, corporations, and leaders as they fight their own battles of information and persuasion.
  • NextTech: The Future of Technology and Security

    Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, The Internet of Things, Social Media, and a new geopolitical competition; the 21st century is being shaped by a range of exciting, and scary, new trends and technologies. Described in the Wall Street Journal as “the premier futurist in the national-security environment,” and a consultant for groups that range from the CIA and US military to Hollywood and the Call of Duty video game series, Singer will explore the key trends emerging today that will shape the world of technology and security tomorrow.
  • Burn-In: The World of AI and Robots Turns Real

    Robots, Artificial Intelligence, an Internet of Things. The next decade will see a range of exciting new technologies that all seem drawn from Science Fiction become our reality. They will drive a new industrial revolution, but also create political, economic, and security trends that will remake our world, challenging us like never before. P.W. Singer has been described by the Wall Street Journal as “the premier futurist in the national-security environment,” an official “Mad Scientist” for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and consults for groups that range from the CIA and the Pentagon to Hollywood. The author of the book “Burn-In: A Novel of the REAL Robotic Revolution,” Singer uses an exciting speaking style to explore for an audience the key trends emerging today that will shape the world of tomorrow.

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