Alex Salkever is a writer, futurist and technology leader. He is the co-author with Vivek Wadhwa of and "Your Happiness Was Hacked: Why Tech Is Winning The Battle To Control Your Brain - And How To Fight Back" (to be published in June 2016). Previously, he co-authored with Wadhwa “The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Can Change the Future” was named as a Finalist in the 2017 McKinsey / Financial Times Book of the Year Competition, one of the most prestigious competitions in business books. In the book and in dozens of articles published online he explores exponentially advancing technologies such as robotics, genomics, renewable energy, quantum computing, artificial intelligence and driverless cars. He is a columnist for Fortune and previously served as the Technology Editor at BusinessWeek.com and as a Guest Researcher at the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering.
Over his career, Salkever has collaborated with Vivek Wadhwa on two books and wide range of research projects. Their first book, “The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent” was named a Book of the Year by The Economist in 2012. Their work regularly covers artificial intelligence and the ethics of artificial intelligence, the future of work and society, the development and moral issues around driverless cars, and more.
Alex has served as a senior executive at a number of Silicon Valley startups . He has been a senior leader at respected brands in technology, most recently at Mozilla where he served as a vice president. Alex consults on strategy and marketing for a number of leading technology companies and startups on innovation, artificial intelligence and robotics, the attention economy, and blockchain.
He speaks regularly at industry conferences, universities and schools and to corporations and Boards of Directors.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.. --Robert Frost