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David Rose

For thousands of years, human vision has been largely unchanged by evolution—until now.

Augmented Reality Entrepreneur | MIT Senior Lecturer | Former VP of Vision Technology at Warby Parker

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David Rose | Augmented Reality Entrepreneur | MIT Senior Lecturer | Former VP of Vision Technology at Warby Parker
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Cloud computing, smart glasses, and augmented reality games—the world’s largest companies, from Apple to Google, are in a race to radically change the way we see. In his new book SuperSight, David Rose explores how our vision will soon be freed from the limits of biology, transforming our view of the world and the way we interact with it. A “speculative preview of the future and its implications, both shocking and thrilling,” SuperSight shows us what is truly possible. Rose, the former VP of Vision Technology at Warby Parker, is a spatial computing pioneer whose fascinating, action-oriented talks help us make sense of a new world—one where our physical reality is seamlessly blended with a digital one.


“David provides a time machine trip into the near future, where knowing more about anything is as simple as glancing at it.”

— Pattie Maes, MIT Media Lab professor, on SuperSight

“You can think about the metaverse as an embodied internet, where instead of just viewing content—you are in it.” Those words come from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose recent rebrand of the company to ‘Meta’ indicates the stunning transformation that’s soon to come. Soon, our worldview will become blended layers of information delivered via glasses, contact lenses, or projected light—a development that will fundamentally change the way we learn, shop, work, play, and more. To prepare for the coming revolution, there is no better guide than MIT lecturer, author, and serial tech entrepreneur David Rose. From AI mirrors that advise us on our outfits, to museums that let us talk with explorers and artists throughout history, to the ways we envision sustainable cities, the scope of augmented vision is boundless. But there are downsides, too, and Rose is ready and willing to explore the potential hazards, from equity and access issues to concerns about privacy. His book SuperSight is ultimately an insider’s guide to the way our lives will inevitably change, showing us how to respond to both the challenges and opportunities that await. “Extended reality is poised to reinvent our human experience with technology, and SuperSight is an enlightening guide to the changes ahead,” writes Paul Daugherty, the CTO at Accenture. Will your business thrive through the next paradigm shift? Under Rose’s leadership, you will learn how to master the forces of digital disruption with actionable tools and frameworks.


Previously at Warby Parker, Rose spearheaded the company’s use of AI to make eye tests and virtual-try-on accurate, affordable, and accessible. Today, he helps companies imagine and design future products—making sure the technology dissolves into the fabric of our daily lives and work as naturally as possible. But whether it’s restoring our physical abilities, enhancing the safety of our streets, or predicting consumer needs, one thing is certain: AI offers us a new organizing principle for modern life—and in his vivid, forward-looking talks, Rose explains how we can take advantage.


Rose is also the author of Enchanted Objects, the preeminent book on the Internet of Things—the concept where everyday items are able to anticipate our needs, talk with each other, and make life simpler. Rose previously served as the CEO at Ditto Labs, and was founder and CEO at Vitality, a company that reinvented medication packaging that is now distributed by CVS and Walgreens. He also founded Ambient Devices, which embedded internet information in objects such as lamps, mirrors, and umbrellas. He holds patents for photo sharing, interactive TV, ambient information displays, and medical devices. Rose’s work has been featured at the MoMA, and covered in WIRED, The Economist, and The Colbert Report.


Speech Topics

Artificial Intelligence
SuperSight The Future of Automated Seeing
Vision is one of the most disruptive technologies coming down the pike, says MIT lecturer and AI product designer David Rose, affecting anyone in any field. The building blocks are already falling into place: cloud computing and 5G networks, AI computer vision algorithms, smart glasses and VR headsets, and mixed reality games like Pokémon GO. But what’s coming next is a fundamental shift in how we experience the world and interact with each other.
In this content-rich presentation, based on his new book SuperSight, Rose shows you how these coming technologies, platforms, and business models will change the landscape of innovation, providing both threats and opportunities. Interactive and hands-on, this talk is designed to help anyone who wishes to prepare themselves for the digital future ahead, from C-Suite leaders to marketing experts, sales agents, and human resource professionals.
Don’t miss out on the coming revolution—maximize your impact with actionable tools and frameworks, presented by a pioneer and leader in the field.
Artificial Intelligence
Using AR to Imagine the Future of Your Industry
David Rose wants you to prototype a future envisioned by you, not a tech conglomerate who happens to have your data. In this talk, Rose demonstrates how it’s not as far a stretch as you might initially think. AI culture, he says, has the potential to be the digital double of analog “maker” culture—you just need to see how AI can work for you and your company. Thanks to swiftly developing, accessible prediction/automation tools, all kinds of companies are drawing on the imaginative possibilities of AI to create the likes of interactive yoga apps, firefighter helmets that detect a building’s doorways, or software that can assess a customer’s facial expression so you can better serve them. As the former CEO of the AI company Ditto Labs, Rose knows the empowering possibilities that await you, and this keynote will show you the path to prototyping the future on your own terms.
Enchanted Objects The New Vanguard for Business Connectivity, Design, and the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is the hottest topic of the moment—a shift predicted to be as momentous as the impact of the internet itself. The internet has allowed us to share ideas and data largely input by humans. What about a world where data from objects as diverse as umbrellas, fridges, and gas tanks all flows through the internet? We are truly at the frontier of a new, hyper-connected future: and MIT Media Lab’s David Rose is our guide. Author of the first major book on the subject, Rose is bringing the inevitable takeover of the Internet of Things to the forefront of public consciousness. If you own a business, if your company makes a product, if you are involved in manufacturing, supply chain management, environmental monitoring, transport, retail, healthcare, urban planning, architecture, design—literally any industry—your sector will be affected.
In this mind-opening talk, Rose explains how to get in on the ground floor of the Internet of Things or, as it’s known in the manufacturing sector, Industry 4.0 (the fourth industrial revolution). He describes how products are poised to become services, and how we will be creating new user experiences, not new technology. Instead of staring at our iPhone screens, we will be surrounded by simple and user-friendly objects that respond to our needs, come to know us, and learn to think on our behalf. How can you embed connectivity and productivity into your product? he asks. It’s time to revolutionize the way your company thinks about technology, design, and making money.