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Rebecca  Costa

Rebecca Costa

Technology & Science Futurist, World Acclaimed Sociobiologist and Author


What will the next disruption look like? Are we ready? What is the difference between organizations that thrive when sudden change occurs, and those that succumb? Read More >

For over four decades Rebecca Costa has worked with the world’s largest organizations to get the jump on disruptive technologies, emerging scientific discoveries, and foreseeable trends. From the impact 5G, social robots, AI, genomics, and nanotechnology will have on how we work and live, to how facial recognition, cryptocurrency, space flight, personalized nutrition and innovative methods for storing energy will usher in a demand for new products and services, Costa has her hand firmly on the pulse of what’s around the next corner. According to Costa “foresight” is the only proven antidote to uncertainty. Organizations which get out in front of change arm themselves with a priceless advantage: the opportunity to act before-the-fact.

Rebecca Costa is one of few science and technology futurists in the world. Her work has been heralded by visionaries such as Richard Branson, Alvin Toffler, Dr. James Watson, Elon Musk, and other others, and featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and Guardian. She is a frequent subject-expert commentator on television and radio.

Costa founded and managed one of the largest technology marketing firms in Silicon Valley where she worked side-by-side with the founders and executives of Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Tandem, Ungermann-Bass, launching history-making innovations. Following the sale of her company, she spent six years writing The Watchman’s Rattle which became an international bestseller garnering her the prestigious Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Award. Her second book, On the Verge, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, shooting to the top of Amazon’s business and technology books.

Audiences describe Costa’s keynote presentations as “jaw-dropping,” “entertaining,” “inspiring,” “energizing” and “highly informative.” She brings a futurist’s perspective, a business executive’s savvy, and an author’s story-telling skills to the stage, leaving audiences enlivened and wanting more. Costa is consistently ranked as one of the most in-demand speakers in the industry today. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

On Preadaptation

Virtual Presentation: Fast Adaptation in the Era of COVID-19

How Complexity is Killing Wall Street

Complexity in a High Failure Rate Environment

The Greatest Discovery You've Never Heard

Are We Headed for Collapse

Complexity is the Real Issue

Mission Critical Organizations

Drive Towards Singularity is Drive Towards Extinction

Quantifying the Future

We've Broken Down the Human Genome

Speech Topics

A Healthcare Revolution

Healthcare is on the move. And technologies aimed at delivering exponentially better outcomes at lower costs are leading the way. Read More >

According to globally acclaimed technology and science futurist, Rebecca Costa, innovative hospitals are now deploying facial recognition software to accurately assess patient pain and improve dosing. Rather than ask patients to subjectively rate their pain on a one-to-ten scale and rely on generic dosing schedules, these healthcare facilities are leveraging real data, in real time. What is more, they’re also using facial recognition to interview new hires - quickly identifying deflection, deception, nervousness, exaggeration, etc. – as well as analyze the fatigue and mental state of their staff, verify identities and employee movements, identify security threats, and more.

Costa claims the need to leverage technology to improve patient care has never been more urgent. And with price points dropping daily, never more practical. To this end, her presentations focus on what’s possible today, and probable tomorrow.

Costa shows how some U.S. healthcare and assisted living facilities have adopted sensor-based disposable diapers to head off downstream problems related to dehydration, UTI’s and vitamin and mineral deficiencies; how, in Asia, low-cost AI-powered social robots regularly visit patients, help them dress, lift them, keep track of their medications, and disinfect rooms; how single-passenger drones are replacing ambulances and helicopters; how 3-D printers are manufacturing replacement body parts to exact specifications inside surgery rooms; how headsets which vocalize the word a patient is thinking are giving incapacitated individuals a voice; how AI systems, such as IBM’s Watson, which bring the all published medical knowledge to bear on a patient’s diagnosis and treatment within nanoseconds, are becoming an indispensable tool in emergency rooms. These are just a few of the advances changing the face of healthcare today. More are on their way.

In the near future, mRNA technology will give rise to immunizations against cancers, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. Nanobots, smaller than a single human cell, will be used to fight disease and perform surgical procedures inside the body. At the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia mammals have been removed from the mother’s uterus during the first trimester and brought to full term using “bio containers,” paving the way for human fetuses to be removed, matured, and birthed outside of at-risk women (welcomed news for females undergoing complications, have a history of miscarriages, face an unwanted pregnancy, or suffer from addiction).

These and other innovations are changing healthcare in exciting, more efficacious ways. Which institutions will be on the forefront of disruption? Build a bridge to a future of better care? No futurist is better equipped to show audiences real life examples of how technology is ushering in a new era of personalized medicine than Rebecca Costa. Read Less ^

The Future of Business, Manufacturing and Finance

Which disruptions should businesses and financial institutions be making plans for today? What separates organizations that successfully adapt to change from those that don’t? What role does “institutional resistance” play? Read More >

According to acclaimed technology and science futurist and sociobiologist, Rebecca Costa, Henry Ford’s era of mass manufacturing and economies of scale is coming to an end as the demand for “personalized” goods and services skyrockets. Personalization necessarily means manufacturing, pricing, selling and servicing quantities of ONE - a model many businesses find difficult to adjust to. Costa claims the first step is to address “institutional resistance” – the Pavlovian instinct to continue doing the things which once made an organization successful, even when those things stop working well, or working at all.

Take manufacturing for example. In the near future, businesses can expect low-cost home and retail 3-D printers - which permit personalized manufacturing - to become localized and dispersed. Consumers will order furniture to fit their room, food to appeal to their individual palette, clothing and shoes for their specific body, even custom homes which will be produced by 3-D printers. Similarly, every service, from insurance and healthcare to legal, investment and banking will also be subject to customization.

In addition to a tsunami of one-off products and services, what other changes are imminent? A universally accepted crypto currency backed by the world’s largest financial institutions will emerge, bringing an end to physical currency and political valuations. Drone and robotic fleets will replace automotive-based transport (including driverless air and land passenger drones). Smart labels that allow consumers to trace every ingredient and part to its origins will become mandatory – causing sustainability and social responsibility to become a powerful driver of consumer preference. AI-based predictive analytics will accelerate predatory practices in global trading markets, causing baby boomer retirees and small investors to seek new, secure, stable investment products. Pension programs will become extinct owing to the fact the first person to live to be one thousand years old has already been born. Nanotechnology, self-healing polymers and other sciences will allow broken or damaged products to self-repair, greatly extending the life-cycle of products, eliminating the need for replacement parts, and lengthening post-sale service. The duration of business travel will be reduced by sub-orbital flight. 5-G will trigger a revolution in machine-to-machine communication. Driverless cars will communicate to one another on the road, eliminating the need for traffic laws and enforcement, while greatly disrupting the insurance industry. Space-based solar will provide free, 24-7, uninterrupted power to every corner of the world, triggering an explosion of new micro market opportunities. Robots will scale up to the size of a small building, and down to the size of a single human cell, replacing half of the industrialized workforce within 2 decades. These and other changes are coming.

How can business leaders stay ahead of what’s next? How can they prepare their organizations to pivot? Rebecca Costa not only offers an advanced preview of the future, she reveals step-by-step tactics which have been used by the most innovative companies in the world to be “disruption-ready.” Read Less ^

Education on the Verge

Imagine a classroom where an educator could, in real time, determine how many, and which students understood the lesson they were presenting? Imagine educators from K through college being able to say to their class, “I see we’re having a little trouble with this part of the lesson, so let’s try another way.” Talk about no student left behind. In select schools today, educators are no longer waiting weeks to test and measure what students learned. They’re deploying inexpensive facial recognition software, arming teachers with a priceless, immediate feedback tool. According to technology and futurist, Rebecca Costa, the 2020 global pandemic kicked open the door for educational institutions to adopt new technologies, like facial recognition, faster than ever before. And with price points quickly falling, tools aimed at improving teacher efficacy and student learning have never been more affordable or easy to implement. Read More >

From AI programs which “learn” the specific weaknesses of a student and automatically alter coursework to strengthen those areas, to tools for “warming up” student’s brains at the start of the school day to make learning easier, to social robots which bond with and encourage students to make smart choices (“Hey Sally, instead of playing another video game, let’s go outside.” “Let’s do our homework so we can play a game.” “mmmm, I’m hungry for healthy snack like a banana, let’s go get one.”), education is on the move.

By showing what is possible, Costa not only inspires educators, but lays out a step-by-step process by which they can get started. Costa’s optimistic, powerful portrait of the future of education has audiences on their feet applauding and wanting more. Read Less ^