MSNBC’s “The Practical Futurist” and Technology Expert
One of the nation’s leading experts on the impact of technology on business and society, Michael Rogers is Futurist-in-Residence for The New York Times Company, as well an interactive media pioneer, novelist and journalist. He also writes the popular Practical Futurist column for MSNBC.
Previously he was vice president of The Washington Post Company’s new media division, helping guide both the newspaper and its sister publication Newsweek in the new century, as well as editor and general manager of Newsweek.com. Michael is also a best-selling novelist whose fiction explores the human impact of technology.
His new Amazon e-booklet, Finding Henrietta Lacks, recounts the 1976 article he wrote for Rolling Stone that broke the Henrietta Lacks story and revealed the woman behind the cells used to develop the polio vaccine. Michael’s article gained prominence in the international best-seller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, which tells Lacks’ story.
At Newsweek he created the magazine’s Technology section, covering topics ranging from Chernobyl and genetic engineering to computers and the Internet, earning numerous journalism awards for his work. He then produced the world’s first CD-ROM newsmagazine, described by the press as a prototype for the future of interactive television, as well as interactive areas on Prodigy, America Online and the Internet. In 1999 he received a patent for the bimodal spine, a multimedia storytelling technique.
A captivating and entertaining speaker and frequent guest on radio and television, Michael provides a clear, common-sense vision of technologic change for both businesses and individuals. He prefers to customize presentations to each client’s needs, and his topics can range from managing change to the implications of the Internet and the human issues of living and working with technology. He combines a deep knowledge of technology with practical business experience, and has addressed audiences worldwide ranging from venture capitalists and corporate executives to educators, students and the general public.