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David Pogue

New York Times Columnist, CBS Science & Tech Contributor, New York Magazine Tech Columnist, & NOVA Host 

Biography

Tech columnist and New York Times best-selling author David Pogue is one of the most entertaining, informative and enormously popular speakers out there today. Whether he’s covering self- driving cars, virtual reality, drones, “robot uprisings,” the Internet of Things, or artificial intelligence, his highly engaging keynotes prove that science and technology blend brilliantly with storytelling, humor, and, frequently, music and song. David Pogue provides invaluable insights on how technology impacts our work, businesses, and connections with each other— now and into the future.  Read More >

A long-time columnist for the New York Times and five-time Emmy winner for his stories on CBS Sunday Morning, David Pogue has been at the forefront of new and emerging tech trends for nearly two decades. Millions follow and trust his tech reviews and enjoy his CBS Sunday Morning and NOVA reports. He is one of the world’s best-selling “how-to” authors, with more than 100 titles and 3 million copies in print. These include seven books in the For Dummies series, his own Pogue’s Basics series of essential tips and shortcuts, and the Missing Manual series of computer books. Best known for previewing new consumer technology and trends and forecasting their business applications, Pogue is also one of the country’s most sought-after speakers on disruptive technology in a fast-changing world. 

With a broad appeal to general, business and tech audiences alike, David Pogue brings expansive knowledge, engaging wit, and an occasional song center stage. Audiences leave as informed as they are entertained, with an enlightened perspective of the state of technology today—and how it’s shaping everyone’s tomorrow.  Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

10 top time-saving tech tips

Simplicity sells

The Internet of Good (and Bad) Things

Tips and Shortcuts to Improve Your Life

Disruptive Technology: What's New What's Next?

Speech Topics

Your Self-Driving Future

In the AAA’s latest poll, 71 percent of Americans say they wouldn’t want to ride in a self-driving car. (56 percent even object to empty robo-delivery cars on the roads!) Yet from a rational standpoint, the safety and economic arguments for automotive autonomy are incredibly persuasive; already, with car autonomy in its fledgling state, you’re already four times more likely to die in a car you’re driving yourself. Read More >

In this authoritative, entertaining talk, David Pogue dives deeply into what the new, driverless future looks like—and the ripples it will send through society, culture, and law. When a car on Autopilot crashes, who’s responsible—the car maker, the software designer, or the driver? When there are 90 percent fewer accidents, what happens to car insurance companies? When you can sleep behind the wheel, what happens to the motel industry? When everybody just summons self-driving Ubers to get where they’re going (robo-taxis are already operating in four U.S. cities), what will happen to car ownership, let alone driver’s ed, drunk driving, speed limits, home garages, and parking lots?

With videos and lively anecdotes, Pogue also explains how self-driving cars work, what their weak spots are, how far along they are, and—the big one—when we can expect fully self-driven cars to be sharing our roads. Read Less ^

How to Prepare for Climate Change

Maybe you’re liberal, maybe you’re conservative. Maybe you think the climate crisis is man-made, maybe you don’t. Maybe you think the whole thing is a Chinese hoax. Read More >

It doesn’t matter. The time for bickering is long gone. The world has warmed, natural systems are going haywire, and you should begin to prepare.

Most people assume that governments, corporations, and institutions are the only entities capable of developing protection against climate chaos. But for his new book How to Prepare for Climate Change, New York Times bestselling author David Pogue spent a year researching the answers to a new question: How can an individual prepare for the coming era of chaos?

Where to live. How to build. Where to invest. What to eat. What to grow. What to study. How to talk to your kids (and whether to have them). How to be medically prepared. And, as extreme-weather events become more commonplace in every state in America, how to prepare for flooding, wildfire, drought, hurricane, heat waves, and social breakdown.

This presentation is lively, current, eye-opening, filled with surprising revelations—and, ultimately, uplifting. After having our heads pounded day after day by depressing headlines, Pogue presents a breath of fresh air: A practical path forward that’s entirely within your own control. Read Less ^

The Next Wave of Consumer Tech & How It Will Affect Your Business

It’s standard for consumers to adopt new technologies before institutions do. But it’s also standard for these technologies to seep into the workplace through the backdoor, as those consumers become employees. How will the coming explosions in voice control, Internet of Things, automated vehicles, the sharing economy, and TV cord-cutting affect the businesses of designing, building, and marketing goods and services in the new, hyper-connected society? Read More >

This engaging and informative talk is intended to be tailored to the client’s specific industry and business challenges. David Pogue will confer with you prior to your event to discuss your goals and customize content to make it highly relevant to your audience. Read Less ^

The Internet of Good Things & Bad Things

Remote-controllable devices, built with embedded sensors and constantly sending data to their owners, are the New Big Thing. Gartner predicts 21 billion of these machines in use by 2020. The new era of Connected Everything can bring safety, efficiency, and, of course, enormous savings, both in homes (lights, thermostats, appliances, security cameras…) and, especially, in industry (machines that warn when they’re about to break down, self-driving trucks, automated inventory management, and retail stores without human clerks). Which is great. But IoT is a coin with two faces. Read More >

Many IoT products are pouring forth from smaller companies without any expertise in security or privacy. And, of course, the Big One: IoT promises to displace millions of jobs. What will these displaced workers do for a living—and for meaning? David Pogue gives you a comprehensive overview of IoT and what it means to your business and everyday life. Read Less ^

The Post-Robot Economy

Ever since the self-driving beer truck completed its run across Colorado, it’s clear we don’t need people to drive our trucks. No company in its right mind will pay for these 3.5 million humans (or the 1 million taxi, bus, and Uber drivers). Meanwhile, Amazon recently unveiled its first entirely unmanned grocery store in Seattle, where facial recognition and other sensors know what you’ve pulled off the shelf and bill you automatically. There go America’s 8 million cashiers and retail workers (6 percent of the workforce). It’s time to start thinking about the post-robot world. What will all of these displaced workers DO? Experts suggest things like a “negative income tax,” where everyone would be guaranteed a certain living stipend. But that doesn’t mean that those millions of robot-displaced workers would find MEANING in life. Read More >

In this fascinating keynote, David Pogue explores where we are on the road to automated employees, prepares audiences practically and emotionally for that very near future, assesses just how good or bad the situation will be, and evaluates some of the solutions. Read Less ^

Disruptive Tech: The Unrecognizable New World of Tech & Culture

Wearable tech, the cloud, drones, the quantified self, the Internet of Things, self-driving cars, augmented reality: the tech of our world is changing faster and faster. But the fascinating part is the effect it’s having on the society and culture we once knew. What will life be like when printed newspapers and books are niche relics? What are the ramifications of the massive services-for-privacy trade that young people, especially, seem willing to make? In this funny, fast-paced snapshot of the new world, Yahoo Finance Tech Critic David Pogue will bring you up to date – and help you consider what we’ll gain, what we’ll lose, and what beliefs will shift into something we’ve never seen before. Read More >

 

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Why Products Fail

In his 25 years reviewing tech products, David Pogue has seen his share of turkeys. Many were so obviously failures a kindergartner could have spotted them. Sometimes, the problem is design. But more often, it’s procedural, having to do with misfires in communication, PR, marketing or groupthink. In this entertaining and highly insightful talk, he revisits some horrifying disasters from his career as a tech journalist. More importantly, he’ll pick apart how things went off the tracks.

Five Technologies for the Next Five Years

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. Read More >

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. Read Less ^

The Power of Simplicity

Why are consumers so fed up with their computers? “Software rage” has become an epidemic, help lines are flooded, and people feel bad about themselves for not mastering their phones and other software. Read More >

More often than not, the problem is the design itself — of the product, sure, but also of the system. We, the people, are encouraged to upgrade our phones or TVs or software versions every year. To persuade us, tech companies have only one tool: adding new features. But if a software company follows the Principle of Never-Ending Updates to its logical conclusion, it will sooner or later add features its customers don't actually need. At that point, the program has begun drifting from its original purpose-and has meanwhile become bigger, slower, and harder to figure out.

Getting it right — packing a lot of features, the right way, into a small screen area — is extremely difficult, and the masters of the art are few and far between. But David Pogue, who analyzes design each week in his Yahoo Finance and Scientific American columns, has found some fascinating real-world examples that illustrate both clever solutions and horrifying failures. He’ll also look forward to interface design of the future — speech, augmented reality, and other innovations — as we move into an era of both much bigger and much smaller screens. Read Less ^