About econfuture / Martin Ford
econfuture offers random thoughts on what the economy of the future will look like. How will accelerating technology intertwine with globalization to shape the remainder of the twenty-first century? What realities will our children face when it is their turn to enter the workforce?
About the Author
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.
The author is available to speak on the robotics revolution and the economic, business and job market impacts of accelerating information technology. For information, please use this contact page and select “speaking inquiry” in the form.
Recent speaking events include: The 19 Annual Conference of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies (Abu Dhabi, UAE), University of Warwick (UK), IMPAKT Festival (Ultricht, Netherlands), and The New America Foundation (Washington DC).
Email: lightstunnel (at) yahoo (dot) com
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News and Articles
The Washington Post: The Robots are Coming
A multi-part series from the Associated Press:
- Recession, Technology Kill Middle Class Jobs
- Can Smart Machines Do Your Job?
- Imagining a Future where Machines have all the Jobs (I think this makes me sound a bit more pessimistic than I am…)
- Will Smart Machines Create a World Without Work?
Robot Co-workers - The Economist
Robots are Coming to Take Your Job – InfoWorld
Larry Page and Sergey Brin on Technological Unemployment - InformationWeek
Will Robots Kill — or Create — your Next Job? – FastCompany
Robots Fill New Roles at Work – PC World
Slate Magazine: Will Robots Steal Your Job?
The Economist: Artificial Intelligence / Luddite Legacy
The Fiscal Times: The Robot Revolution: Your Job May be Next
Los Angeles Times: Automation Accelerates in Retail Sector
The Atlantic: Artificial Intelligence is the Next Killer App
Der Spiegel (English): Competing Visions of a Computer-Controlled Future
Forbes (India): Hello Robot, Goodbye Worker
Sunday Telegraph (UK) – Automation (See “Metal Men” on Page 11).
Sueddeutsche.de (in German)
Articles Written by Martin Ford
Fortune.com / CNNMoney (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)
Huffington Post (by M. Ford)
Forbes.com (by M. Ford)
Communications of the ACM: Could Artificial Intelligence Create an Unemployment Crisis? (by M. Ford)
Ideas in Action (shown on PBS) – “Will Robots Take our Jobs?”
Reviews of The Lights in the Tunnel
Review in Mediapart (in French)