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Martin Ford - Valley Entrepreneur, Futurist and Speaker

Leading expert on the Robot Revolution, Artificial Intelligence, Job Automation, and the Impact of Accelerating Technology on the Economy and Society



Martin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of the book The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future. He has over 25 years experience in the fields of computer design and software development. He holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a graduate business degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

He has written for publications including Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Project Syndicate, The Huffington Post and The Fiscal Times.  He has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including NPR and CNBC. Martin is a frequent keynote speaker on the subject of accelerating progress in robotics and artificial intelligence—and what these advances mean for the economy, job market and society of the future.

The author has a blog at econfuture.wordpress.com.

Twitter: @MFordFuture

Speaking Engagements

Martin is available to speak on the robotics revolution and the economic, political, business and job market impacts of advancing information technology. He can also offer unique insight into the implications of future technologies for specific businesses, industries and sectors of society. For information, please use our contact page and select "speaking inquiry" in the form.

Selected Recent Speaking Events

 Swedish Bar Association Annual Conference (Stockholm)

Paradigm Outcomes Innovation Symposium (Chicago)

The 19 Annual Conference of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

University of Warwick -"The Automation of the Global Economy" (UK)

IMPAKT Festival (Ultricht, Netherlands)

New America Foundation - Will Robots Steal your Job? (Washington DC)

Martin has been featured in leading media publications including The Economist, The Washington Post, Slate, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. A list of selected articles is available here.


Articles Written by Martin Ford

Fortune.com / CNNMoney (by M. Ford)

  The Atlantic: Artificial Intelligence is the Next Killer App  (by M. Ford)

CNN - Fareed Zakaria GPS/Project Syndicate: The Jobless Economy  (by M. Ford)

Washington Post: Dr. Watson: How IBM’s supercomputer could improve health care (by M. Ford)

Forbes: Your Job in 2020 (by M. Ford)

The Fiscal Times: Could Fast Food Robots Steal McJobs? (by M. Ford)

The Fiscal Times: Why Robots Could be Worse for the Economy than You Think (by M. Ford)

Huffington Post (by M. Ford)


Ideas in Action (shown on PBS) - "Will Robots Take our Jobs?"

CNBC  "Robots taking over jobs?"

Selected Radio Interviews

Minnesota Public Radio - Technology and Disappearing Middle Class Jobs

KALW San Francisco - Will Robots Take Your Job?

NPR Interview: "The Dark Side of Watson"

South Carolina NPR

Southern California Public Radio: "Losing your job to a machine"

FastForward Radio

ChangeSurfer Radio

 KGNU Denver/Boulder -"It's the Economy"