August Cole

Creative Foresight
SparkCognition

You are what you read, as the adage goes, so it is fitting that a childhood of countless hours consuming books by William Gibson, Ray Bradbury, and Tom Clancy fueled August’s lifelong interest in war and technology. This culminated in covering the defense industry for the Wall Street Journal, but he soon realized that what just happened was not as interesting as what is going to happen. So he left journalism to dedicate his career to using fiction and other narratives to understand what the future of conflict holds. Connecting with his readers has taken him around the world to venues as diverse as speaking at the Nobel Institute in Oslo to climbing the Dirty Name obstacle at Fort Benning. When he’s not writing, August is usually surfing, cycling, or skiing. August is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and works on creative foresight at SparkCognition, an AI company.

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