Martin Ford is a world-leading futurist, bestselling author, and AI consultant. Closely monitoring emerging technologies, he has established himself as the go-to advisor on the implications of future technology. A highly demanded consultant, he has educated policymakers, academic institutions, and industry leaders about the latest advancements in digital technology, helping them to prepare for future disruptions. Going viral with his TED Talk How We’ll Earn Money in a Future Without Jobs, Martin now delivers captivating presentations on advances in AI, exploring the implications on the workforce, economy, and society.
With a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Martin has an in-depth understanding of the technical mechanics forming the basis for emerging technology. In 1991, he obtained an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, equipping him with entrepreneurial skills that allowed him to establish a software development firm in Silicon Valley. Martin is also a member of the Board of Directors for Genesis Systems, a pioneering start-up that has developed industry-scale water-harnessing technology capable of generating water directly from the air.
A thought leader in emerging technology, he has worked with leading clients, such as the White House, where he highlighted the implications of AI and robotics on the US economy and workforce. One of the foremost writers on digital disruption, Martin regularly contributes articles to The New York Times, The Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, and the Harvard Business Review. He has also published several bestselling books, including The Truth About AI From the People Building It, Architects of Intelligence, The Lights in the Tunnel, and Rule of the Robots: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Everything. Recognised for his accomplished publications, he received the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.
Featured in several documentaries, Martin is recognised for Notes on the Way Forward, Automation Nation, How to Build a Human, The Future of Work and Death, and The Truth About Killer Robots. Outspoken about the need for universal basic income as AI becomes increasingly integrated into work processes, Martin believes that AI will increase inequality, affect employment, and pose major challenges to society. A highly experienced speaker, Martin has spoken at notable events such as the Milken Institute’s Global Conference, the St. Gallen Symposium, and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Captivating audiences with his expert knowledge of the implications of emerging technology, Martin is a popular speaker to hire.