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Martin Ford

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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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How did AI advance from the realm of science fiction to today’s reality? And how should we prepare for the future? Martin Ford—a McKinsey award-winning author, software entrepreneur, and TED mainstage speaker—explains why our current plans to manage the robotics revolution fall short. Brilliant, fastidious, and uncannily prescient, Ford orients investors and managers in the shifting technological landscape, helping to both safeguard potential threats, and distinguish the hype from the real opportunities.


“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 Martin Ford’s most recent book, Architects of Intelligence: The Truth About AI From the People Building It, the Silicon Valley software developer interviews 23 of the world’s foremost AI researchers and machine learning entrepreneurs. Senior leaders at Google, Facebook, McKinsey, Stanford, and MIT discuss 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? Three of the book’s featured subjects won the Turing Award (considered the Nobel Prize of computing), making Architects one of the most high-profile, in-depth investigations of artificial intelligence to date.


Ford’s previous book, Rise of the Robots, was a New York Times Bestseller, a McKinsey Award-Winner, and a Business Insider Best Business Book of the Year. Clearly written, powerfully argued, and massively influential, Rise was reviewed by Barbara Ehrenreich in a cover feature for The New York Times Book Review, where she described it as, “both a humbling book and, in the best sense, a humble one,” and praised Ford for never succumbing “to the obvious temptation to overdramatize or exaggerate.” Lucid and compelling, Ford has established himself as a leading—and trustworthy—voice in the robotics revolution. In his upcoming book, he will examine artificial intelligence in terms of its utility, and truly illustrate the disruptive power it has to change every aspect of our lives.


Ford is the consulting expert for Societe Generale’s new “Rise of the Robots” equity index, which focuses on tracking 150 global stocks involved in AI and robotics (selected after thorough, data-driven research). Together, they have also developed the Lyxor Robotics and AI UCITS— an ETF that invests in AI and robotics companies based on the benchmark index of Rise of the Robots, and has continuously outperformed the competition since going live.


In addition to writing three books, Ford has contributed to notable publications including Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post,  and The Fiscal Times, and appeared on  radio and television programs on NPR and CNBC. He 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

Artificial Intelligence
The AI Disruption A Guide to Artificial Intelligence as the New Electricity
Electricity is considered one of the greatest inventions in human history because it opened the door to a whole new world. Most innovations that we know, use, and rely on today wouldn’t have been possible without the underlying foundation of electrical power. In his upcoming book, Martin Ford reveals why Artificial Intelligence is the electricity of the 21st century—a utility that’s so elemental, it will forever alter the way we live and our definition of what’s possible. This talk will dive deep into the central thesis of the book, examining AI’s potential to disrupt all industries, not just those in the tech sector. In addition, Ford will cover topics like deep learning and the future of AI, the impact on jobs and the economy, the rise of the surveillance state, and other risks—from deep fakes on the Internet to the weaponization of the technology by our rivals. Riveting and profound, this talk is perfect for investors looking to sink their teeth into the world’s next game-changing innovation, or managers looking to expand their knowledge of the quickly evolving future ahead. 
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


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.