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David Pogue

Host of NOVA ScienceNow & Yahoo Tech Columnist
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Biography

For 13 years, David Pogue was the weekly personal technology columnist for The New York Times. In the fall of 2013 he made the move to Yahoo, where he founded a new Web site for non-techies called Yahoo Tech. The position at Yahoo further catapults Pogue as one of the preeminent speakers on today’s latest consumer technology. He is also a monthly columnist for Scientific American and an Emmy Award-winning technology correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the current host of NOVA ScienceNow, a post previously filled by Neil deGrasse Tyson, in which he offers an edgy take on science as he is immersed in hilarious and dangerous situations.

With over three million books in print, Pogue is one of the world's best-selling “how-to” authors. He has written or co-written seven books in the For Dummies series, including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music. In 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.

Pogue graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985 with distinction in music, then spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He has won two Emmys, a Loeb Award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He has been profiled on 48 Hours and 60 Minutes.

Merging his musical background with his scientific knowledge, David Pogue delivers unique presentations that generally end with him sitting at a piano performing a couple of his famous song parodies on the technology industry—“Don’t Cry For Me, Cupertino” and “I Got YouTube” being some of his more popular ditties.

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Topics

Is Mobile Technology Killing Us?

Modern mobile technology has transformed every corner of our lives, from business to relationships to education. But we’ve immersed ourselves in digital tools—the tablets, touch-screen phones, ubiquitous Internet—without much concern for the potential dangers.

It’s no secret that our children are dying on the highways as they text while driving. But what about cell phone radiation causing brain cancer? What about the obesity epidemic? What about studies that show how the multiple-gadget multitasking habits of college kids are causing permanent changes in their brains?

Nobody stands in such a sweet spot of science and technology as David Pogue, tech columnist for The New York Times and host of PBS’s NOVA series. In this fascinating and entertaining talk, he’ll bring you the very latest scientific research on these techno-dangers. He’ll tell you what’s genuinely worth worrying about and why there’s also room for hope.

Why America’s Failing Science & How We Can Turn It Around

The STEM fields (science, tech, engineering, and math) drive America’s economy: it’s no accident that Apple, a tech company, is the world’s biggest corporation. Science and technology fuel the country’s commerce, defense, and business.

But American test scores, graduation rates, and STEM dominance have been declining steadily for 20 years. Fewer than a third of elementary and high school students have a solid grasp of science. Half of American college students start out majoring in a technical subject but somehow, only 470,000 graduate in those majors. What’s going on? And how can we compete if we don’t fix the situation, fast?

In this fascinating, cutting-edge presentation, David Pogue looks at our chances for turning around America’s science future.

How Smart Can We Get?

As the new NOVA scienceNOW host, David Pogue veers into the realm of popular science education, most famously helmed by the likes of Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Neil deGrasse Tyson. He tackles an array of thought-provoking topics such as “How Smart Can We Get?”, in which he finds out how the anatomy of his brain measures up to Albert Einstein’s; “What Are Animals Thinking?”, in which he races against homing pigeons without the aid of his iPhone’s GPS; and “Can Science Stop Crime?”, in which he tries to outsmart computerized lie detectors.

With his engaging personality and tireless enthusiasm, David Pogue answers common and uncommon scientific riddles, promising to simultaneously entertain and educate your audience.

David Pogue’s Tech Update

If you want to know what is going on in the world of technology, New York Times columnist David Pogue is the perfect tour guide.

This talk is constantly updated to represent what's going on in tech right now, whether it's the gadgets themselves, amazing free Internet services, or social-media shockwaves. Originally designed for groups who hire Pogue to return to their conferences each year (so they'd be sure to see fresh, funny material every time), this speech is a great stand alone and highly entertaining crash course in what's worth knowing about at the time of your event.

Disruptive Tech: What’s New, What’s Coming & How It Will Change Everything

As the New York Times’ tech reviewer, David Pogue has a front-row seat to observe the blazing-fast torrent of new inventions. Hundreds of gadgets and technologies come down the pike every year and plenty get lots of press… even though most of it is junk.

In this fast, funny presentation, Pogue will stick his neck out to predict which will actually cause major, disruptive changes. He’ll display, discuss, and even demonstrate the technological advances—in personal entertainment, cellular tech, Web 2.0, and more—that will have the greatest impact on society in the coming years.

Web 2.0, Social Media & Other Buzzwords

What do YouTube, MySpace, eBay, and Craigslist have in common? They're all part of "Web 2.0," in which a website's material is supplied by its visitors.

What do blogs, vlogs, and podcasts have in common? They're all new ways for individuals—and even corporations—to express themselves online.

In this head-spinning talk, David Pogue, The New York Times' most popular blogger (and first video blogger, or “vlogger”), helps make sense of the explosively expanding realm of Web 2.0 and all kinds of casting. He'll advise both individuals and companies on how to exploit these live-wire technologies, supply some horrifying and hilarious real-world stories, and hint at the future, the pitfalls, and the rewards of these revolutionary new channels.

Why Products Fail

In his ten years reviewing tech products for The New York Times, David Pogue has seen his share of turkeys. Many were such obvious failures a kindergartener could have spotted them. Sometimes, the problem is the design. But more often, the problem is procedural, having to do with misfires in communication, PR, marketing, or groupthink. In this entertaining talk, he'll revisit some horrifying disasters from his journalism career—and, more importantly, pick apart how things went off the tracks.

Blogs vs. Journalism

It’s been said over and over again that blogs unleash the power of the citizen journalist. A new day has dawned, in which news can hit the web instantly, long before the mainstream media gets around to it. That, after all, is how so many of the great scandal stories have broken in the last few years.

But is blogger journalism actually journalism? David Pogue, who writes a column for The New York Times, obviously has an opinion—but it might not be the one you expect. In this funny, thought-provoking talk, he tries to pin down the pros and the cons of the blogger as journalist, as well as the journalist as blogger, and offers a few suggestions that might give the public the best of both worlds.

The Digital Generation Comes of Age

For the last 20 years, computers and technology have been part of the everyday curriculum for a generation or two of digitally privileged kids—and, as they become the majority, it's showtime.
As computer-literate children become America's new leaders, visionaries, and designers, how will their digital upbringing affect society and culture? New York Times technology columnist David Pogue takes a thoughtful, funny look at how the tidal wave will hit as the digital generation enters primetime: what we'll gain, what we'll lose, and what beliefs and approaches will shift into something we've never seen before.

The Quantified Self: When Patients Become Doctors

Technology has made it easier than ever to track your activity levels, your sleep cycles, how you spend your time, self-diagnose yourself and more. The self trackers who near-obsessively capture and analyze their own data are part of a growing "Quantified Self" movement.

Consumer access to medical information from the Web has always been a blessing and a curse. While patients are more empowered and informed than they have ever been, new medical apps and devices are creating a world of self-testing, self-diagnosing patients, opening the healthcare industry up to a host of potential problems. Can patients be trusted to use these new devices correctly? Technologies that record heart rate and oxygen saturation, quantified-self gadgets such as Fitbit, Up and Garmin; tracking apps like the new Apple Healthkit app, apps for practitioners such as Epocrates, Anatomy Lap and OsiriX; and urinalysis devices working in tandem with your smartphone, are disrupting healthcare. And what about the issue of privacy?

In this intriguing and entertaining presentation, David Pogue explores these questions, provides some answers and demonstrates some of these new gadgets and apps, offering a clear view on how these new technologies are changing—and will continue to change—the healthcare landscape. David Pogue discusses this new movement—its benefits and drawbacks—and explores the exciting new territory that quantifiable data brings to the table.

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