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What does the future of warfare look like? What constitutes a battlefield? Who are the players? How can a nation protect itself from an enemy it cannot see? Quantitative futurist and founder of The Future Today InstituteAmy Webb discusses why the future of global security will be fought on virtual battlegrounds and how even the vocabulary of ‘what is considered combat’ is in question. Plus, Webb explains why so many private companies are racing to outer space, and what they’re hoping to find. Visit this link to sign up for the free Future Today Institute newsletter, and read more.

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A remarkably small group of people wields enormous control over our daily experience.

Futurist Amy Webb explains who they are and why we should care in her book, “The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity.”

Original air date: May 6, 2019

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Complex algorithms control why a particular headline or ad appears in your social media feed; they can even determine why someone is detained in airport security. But who is defining those algorithms? Strategic Futurist Amy Webb explains how a small group of powerful people wield enormous control over our everyday experience … and why we should care ... in her latest book: “The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity."

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Another set of headlines this week about Facebook and data privacy. Why should we care -- if we’re sure WE’RE not going to believe fake news stories aimed at us, or if WE have nothing to hide? Data breaches and manipulation have been a trend this year, says futurist and technology trend analyst Amy Webb … and they’re part of what will shape the coming year. Webb, who founded the ‘Future Today Institute’ ...gazes not just at but into 2018 with a critical eye, and then looks ahead.

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It’s estimated that more than fifty million voice-assisted devices -- like smartphones and smartspeakers -- are currently in use in the U.S.

From a usability perspective, voice-assisted technology, or artificial intelligence, has made it easier for millions of people to perform daily activities and access information. But are there dangers that lie in that scenario? We ask that question to Amy Webb, founder of the the ‘Future Today Institute,’ which researches emerging technologies as they move from the fringe to the mainstream.