Speaking Topics

Potential Speaking Topics

“Useful Fiction”: How to Use The Power of a Story Well Told
How do we better understand and prepare for the future? How do we comprehend new trends and technologies? How do we better share new ideas and influence target audiences? One answer may be the concept known as “useful fiction” or FICINT (Fictional Intelligence), which enlists the power of the oldest communication technology of all –story– and applies it to real world needs and research. P.W. Singer is a best-selling author, whose work at the intersection of strategic foresight, discovery, and narrative has been featured in media like The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Wired and lauded by figures who range from the heads of the CIA and US Navy to Silicon Valley’s most successful investors. Having run useful fiction projects for organizations that range from the US military to the world’s leading companies, he will explain how to implement this new methodology to envision, innovate, and communicate.

LikeWar: How Social Media has become weaponized, and what we need to know about it
Terrorists livestream their attacks, Presidents win elections over social media, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but share prices, public health, and even the very fate of nations. The result is that the Internet had blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones. P. W. Singer is the author of “LikeWar,” a new book that was named an Amazon book of the year and has been lauded by figures as diverse as the creator of the Internet, the director of the CIA, and the producer of The Purge movies. For five years, he researched how social media works and what was its effect on the world, crossing examples that ranged from how ISIS copies the Instagram tactics of Taylor Swift, a former World of Warcraft addict foils war crimes thousands of miles away, internet trolls shape elections, and China uses a smartphone app to police the thoughts of 1.4 billion citizens. Described in the Wall Street Journal as “the premier futurist in the national- security environment,” Singer uses an exciting and entertaining speaking style to explain  how and why things go viral, the new rules of power in the age of social media, and exactly what can we all do to navigate our way through a world increasingly shaped by “likes” and lies.

The CyberThreatscape: What are the Key Trends in Cybersecurity
From ransomware to the collapse of cyber deterrence, a series of new threats are changing the cybersecurity landscape. A best selling author described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of Washington’s pre-eminent futurists,” and a consultant for groups that range from the CIA and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to Hollywood, Singer uses an exciting speaking style to explore for an audience the key trends emerging today that will shape the world of cybersecurity tomorrow.

NextTech: The Future of Technology, Security, and Threats
Robots, Artificial Intelligence, Cyberwar, 3D printing, bio-enhancements, and a new geopolitical competition; the 21st century is being shaped by a range of exciting, and scary, new trends and technologies. A best selling author described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of Washington’s pre-eminent futurists,” and a consultant for groups that range from the CIA and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to Hollywood and the Call of Duty video game series, Singer uses an exciting speaking style to explore for an audience 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 new 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.

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know
There is no issue more important and yet less understood today than Cybersecurity. Our entire way of life, from communication to commerce to conflict, fundamentally depends on the Internet. The cybersecurity issues that result literally challenge everyone: politicians who wrestle with issues from cybercrime to online freedom; military generals protecting the nation from new forms of attack, while planning cyberwars,: business executives defending firms from once unimaginable threats, lawyers and ethicists building new framework for right and wrong. Most of all, cybersecurity challenges us as individuals, parents, and citizens. The author of a book described by the chairman of Google as “an essential read” and by the head of NATO as “the most approachable and readable book ever written on the cyber world,” Singer takes the audience through the key issues and questions that we all need to better understand: What is happening? What does it mean? And, most importantly, what can we do?

Imagining the Future: Ghost Fleet and Its Real World Lessons
Peter W. Singer is a best selling author and consultant for groups that range from the US military to Hollywood, whose recent book Ghost Fleet (ghostfleetbook.com) broke new ground in creating the genre of what has been called “useful fiction.” It blended the style of a technothriller with nonfiction style research, leading to a learning experience that is both “a wild book, a real page turner” (the Economist) and “a modern-day successor to tomes such as The Hunt For Red October from the late Tom Clancy” (USA Today), but also packed with lessons of the future of technology, geopolitics, and security. Described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of Washington’s pre-eminent futurists,” Singer has been invited to brief the approach and lessons of the book to groups that range from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to Congress and CEO summits.