Michael Rogers | Practical Futurist Speaker | New York

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Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers is a futurist keynote speaker, for audiences ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, from universities and government agencies to the general public. 

Michael is also expert in virtual presentations, streaming from New York City in full HD on a fiberoptic network.

For over twenty years, he has provided a powerful catalyst for organizations to create a vision of the future and the will to innovate. As a futurist keynote speaker, he delivers a dynamic and entertaining vision of change, blending technology, economics, demographics, culture and human nature.

Michael brings real business experience and a deep understanding of technology. He adds the keen eye of an investigative journalist and the story-telling skills of a best-selling novelist. He understands how business operates, and knows the difference between science fiction and useful forecasting.  

Further worked as a futurist in sectors ranging from finance, marketing, and healthcare to media, information technology, consumer goods and more. Michael customizes his presentations to best fit both the audience and the goals of the event.  

For ten years he was vice president of The Washington Post Company’s new media division, guiding both the newspaper and its sister publication Newsweek into the new century, as well as serving as editor and general manager of Newsweek.com where he won the Distinguished Online Service award from the National Press Club for coverage of 9/11.

His work in interactive media ranges from early ground-breaking projects for LucasFilm and Apple to dozens of Internet ventures. He has received patents for multimedia storytelling techniques, and is listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. In 2007 he was named to the Magazine Industry Digital Hall of Fame, and in 2009 he received the World Technology Network Award for Lifetime Achievement in Media and Journalism.

Rogers recently completed two years as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times and is a columnist for NBC.com. He is also a best-selling novelist whose fiction explores the human impact of technology. He lives in New York City where he works on book and television projects.


KEYNOTE TOPICS

These topics are only suggestions. Clients often mix and match from the list—or Michael creates something altogether new. 

  • WHAT COMES AFTER COVID?

The “virtualization” of our world has greatly accelerated. Work from home, telemedicine, virtual shopping, distance learning, socializing, exercise: this trend alone will impact every sector of the economy.  But of course there is much more. Consumers will emerge with a new desire for security and control, yet lagging incomes will change what they can afford.  The public will continue to seek authoritative information sources, with a new focus on wellness. 

  • MANAGEMENT MEETS THE FUTURE: THE INNOVATION CHALLENGE

Never before has management’s life been so…interesting.  Business, government and society are all creating a vast new digital infrastructure, from smart sensors and cognitive computing to wearable computers, extended social networks and virtual workplaces.

  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL CHANGE…EVERYTHING!

Cognitive computing is the latest and most potent expression of artificial intelligence.   Software and robots can now learn from experience and then reason and act upon information–often coming up with insights that humans might not reach.  Because they are “cloud-based”, these powerful thinking tools will be accessible even to small organizations and individuals.

  • YOUR BUSINESS IN 2029: A CUSTOMIZED PREDICTION

For this popular speech, Michael—who is also a best-selling science fiction writer— does an interview to learn more about your business, practice or discipline. He then creates a realistic scenario of what your profession or business may be like in the late Twenties. 

  • THE POST-COVID CONSUMER

Sometimes it seems as if society has fast-forwarded five years in the last five months: far more of our shopping, work and schooling now happens online, and post-COVID, not everything will go back.  In addition, after so much uncertainty, consumers will seek security, safety, trusted relationships and reliable information.

  • THE HEALTHCARE REVOLUTION

The future is bright for medicine: telemedicine, wellness monitors, personal genomics, electronic health records, and more. Plus: “big data” and smart computers will choose the best and most efficient treatment options based on actual outcomes.  All this progress will come with caveats, of course: how do we keep the human element in healthcare?  What are the privacy implications of personal genomic data? 

  • THE VIRTUALIZATION OF AMERICA–AND THE WORLD

Over the next decade, more and more of our work, what we care about and how we interact with others will involve the Internet, intelligent computers and the Internet of Things. If you think that’s already happened…just listen to what Michael predicts is next.

  • THE RADICAL NEW WORLD OF EDUCATION

We’re all educators–either as professional teachers, or as managers, team leaders, mentors, or parents. In the future, we will be permanent students as well. The online world represents a powerful opportunity for education to reach a wider, more diverse audience.  But it’s also a challenge to the future of both teachers and campuses.


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