P.W. Singer, PH.D.

Strategist and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and Author of multiple award-winning books

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“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 ...

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.

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LikeWar: How Social Media has become weaponized, and what we need to know about it

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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.

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The CyberThreatscape: What are the Key Trends in Cybersecurity

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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 ...

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Burn-In: The World of AI and Robots Turns Real

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Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know

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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?

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Imagining the Future: Ghost Fleet and Its Real World Lessons

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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.

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About Keynote Speaker P.W. Singer, PH.D.

Peter Warren Singer is Strategist at New America, a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, and Principal at Useful Fiction LLC. Described in the Wall Street Journal as “the premier futurist in the national- security environment,” Dr. Singer 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 readings lists.

Singer has served as a consultant for the US Military, Intelligence Community, and FBI. He was coordinator of the Obama campaign’s defense policy task force, named to the US Military’s Transformation Advisory Group, NATO’s Innovation Advisory Board (for unmanned maritime systems), the NSA’s Advisory Board, and is an Associate with the US Air Force’s China Aerospace Studies Institute. In addition to his work on conflict issues, Singer was a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and an advisor to IDS and Zignal. In the entertainment sector, he has advised a range of programs, including for Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Universal, HBO, Discovery, History Channel, and the video game series Call of Duty, the best-selling entertainment project in history. He has received awards/ support from the Tribeca Film Institute, Sloan Filmmakers Fund, Film Independent, and FAST Track at the L.A. Film Festival.

His first book Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry pioneered the study of the new industry of private companies providing military services for hire, an issue that soon became important with the use and abuses of these companies in Iraq. It was named best book of the year by the American Political Science Association, among the top five international affairs books of the year by the Gelber Prize, and a “top ten summer read” by Businessweek. Singer advised the Defense Department, CIA, and the European Union on the issue and helped bring to light the role of private contractors in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal and the Halliburton controversies in Iraq.

Children at War was the first to comprehensively explore the tragic rise of child soldier groups and was recognized by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book of the Year Award. Singer subsequently served as a consultant on the issue to the Marine Corps, and the recommendations in his book resulted in changes in the UN peacekeeping training program. An accompanying History Channel documentary, “Child Warriors,” won a CINE Golden Eagle Award for excellence in the production of film and television.

Wired for War examined the implications of robotics and other new technologies for war, politics, ethics, and law in the 21st century. Described as “awesome” by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show, Wired for War made the NY Times non-fiction bestseller list in its first week of release. It was named a non-fiction Book of the Year by The Financial Times and featured at venues as diverse as all three US military academies, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas, TED, and the royal court of the UAE.

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know explores the key questions we all face in the cyber age (how it all works, why it all matters, and what we can do?). It was described by the Chairman of Google as “an essential read” and by the former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO as “the most approachable and readable book ever written on the cyber world.” The book was featured at venues ranging from the Microsoft CEO Summit to the South by Southwest festival.

Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War  melds nonfiction style research on emerging trends and technology with a fictional exploration of what the future of war at sea, on land, in the air, space, and cyberspace will be like in the future. Described as “a modern-day successor to tomes such as The Hunt For Red October from the late Tom Clancy.” (USA Today) and “A Wild Ride” (The Economist), it went through 6 print runs in its first 6 weeks of release. Its new model of “useful fiction” has been endorsed by a unique group that ranges from the head of the US Navy to the writer of HBO Game of Thrones and the producer of Hunger Games.

LikeWar explores how social media has changed war and politics, and war and politics has changed social media. It was named an Amazon book of the year, a NY Times “new and notable,” and reviewed by Booklist as “LikeWar should be required reading for everyone living in a democracy and all who aspire to.”

His latest book is Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic RevolutionOut on May 26, 2020, 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 authors have been invited to share the project’s lessons with leaders who ranged from multiple heads of state, including the US president-elect, to Cabinet members, 4-star generals, US Senators, Fortune 100 C-suites and leading venture capitalists.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Singer was the founding Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. He was the youngest scholar named Senior Fellow in Brookings’ 102-year history. Prior to that, he was the founding Director of the Project on US Policy Towards the Islamic World, where he was the organizer of the US-Islamic World Forum, a global leaders conference. He has also worked for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as a contributing editor at Popular Science, and at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. Singer received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard and a BA from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.

Testimonials

“Singer really showed us that we were only scratching the surface of what we should be thinking about in the future. After listening to him, we have never been able to look at the world the same way again.”

Head of Game Developer Studio

 

“Given the midshipmenÂ’s dense schedules and technological bent, required weekday lectures on ethics are sometimes a tough sell, but the response has been unprecedented! Best lecture ever has been the consistent feedback from students faculty, and staff alike.”

Director, US Naval Academy Center for Ethical Leadership

 

Your thoughts on changes in 21st century warfare and shifts in power bases were thought provoking and a key aspect in a very successful Summit! You helped facilitate important discussions that lasted throughout the week.

US Air Force Major General

 

You were one of their favorite speakers by far – they were very interested in the information you presented, which was all new to them and got them energized for everything they would learn at the program. I couldn’t have asked for a better first speaker.

National High School Student Leader Conference Organizer

 

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