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Martin Ford

To adapt to machine learning, we'll need to come up with unprecented solutions.

Author of Architects of Intelligence and The New York Times bestseller Rise of the Robots

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Martin Ford | Author of Architects of Intelligence and The New York Times bestseller Rise of the Robots
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As machines get better at thinking and learning, they will take over jobs once thought to be “uniquely human” at an accelerating rate. Martin Ford—a McKinsey award-winning author and TED mainstage speaker with millions of views—explains why past solutions aren’t enough to combat this technological disruption. A leader in the robotics revolution, Ford lays out ambitious economic plans to protect our prosperity, well-being, and society at large.

“In his newest book, Architects of Intelligence, Martin Ford provides us with an invaluable opportunity to learn from some of the most prominent thought leaders about the emerging fields of science that are shaping our future.”

— Al Gore, Former VP of the United States and Nobel Prize-winning Environmentalist

In a cover story feature for The New York Times Book Review, Barbara Ehrenreich writes that Rise of the Robots is “both a humbling book and, in the best sense, a humble one. Ford, a software entrepreneur who both understands the technology and has made a thorough study of its economic consequences, never succumbs to the obvious temptation to overdramatize or exaggerate.” Clearly written, powerfully argued, and massively influential, Rise was a New York Times bestseller, and named one of Business Insider’s Best Business Books of the Year. Ford’s most recent book, Architects of Intelligence: The Truth About AI From the People Building It, features conversations with 23 of the world’s foremost AI researchers and machine learning entrepreneurs. Senior leaders at Google, Facebook, McKinsey, Stanford, and MIT discuss with Ford the evolution of AI—and the major innovations on the horizon. What is the path toward human-level machine intelligence? And what should we be concerned about as AI advances?


Ford is a researcher whose unique insights into the increased mechanization of work, and the rise information technology, has shed new light on the nature of work, education, and the value of “human” capabilities in the 21st century. He is the consulting expert for Societe Generale’s new “Rise of the Robots” equity index, which focuses on investing in companies that will be significant participants in the artificial intelligence and robotics revolution.


“No one who cares about the future of human dignity can afford to skip [Rise of the Robots].”

— Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget

Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of three books. He has also written for notable publications including Fortune, ForbesThe Atlantic, The Washington Post,  and The Fiscal Times, and appeared on  radio and television programs on NPR and CNBC. Ford has over 25 years of experience in computer design and software development, and holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, and a graduate business degree from UCLA.

Speech Topics

Disruptive Technology Do Robots Want Your Job?
Martin Ford explores the ways in which AI and automation (aka, “robots”) are outpacing humans in a range of sectors, from education to law, agriculture to healthcare, management and beyond. He offers a realistic view of what the future of work—and your place in it—will look like. Beyond pragmatic concerns, Ford addresses a bigger question: can accelerating technology disrupt our entire economic system to the point where a fundamental restructuring is required? This next industrial revolution, Ford argues, will not be like the last one. In the past, even as jobs were eliminated, jobs were created to replace them. Increasingly, new machines will be able to take care of themselves, making fewer jobs necessary. Will basic, guaranteed income be implemented? How will education reflect our changing society? We are at an inflection point: Do we continue to listen to those who argue that nothing fundamental has changed, and take a bad bet on a miserable future? Or do we begin to discuss what we must do to ensure all of us, and not just the few, benefit from the awesome power of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other breakthroughs? This exciting talk is both an exploration of this new technology and a call to arms to address its implications.  
The Coming Disruption What Investors, Managers, and Everyone Else Need to Know
We are on the leading edge of a massive disruption brought on by the relentless advances in artificial intelligence and robotics, says futurist Martin Ford. In this talk, Ford offers a lucid and compelling overview of the key technologies underlying this revolution, and what it could mean for the future. How did AI advance so quickly, from the realm of science fiction, to today’s reality? What opportunities does this new technology offer investors? How will it impact the job market and economy? And what are the potential security risks? Ford compares the threats and opportunities that super-intelligent machines bring us, and how we can best prepare for them