Chuck Martin

Innovation & Technology Expert and New York Times Best-Selling Author

Chuck Martin

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Chuck Martin is a New York Times Business best-selling author, futurist, and has been a leader in digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology thinkers in the world. His latest book, “Flying Vehicles” (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis), details the coming global electric aerial revolution.

Martin has been named #1 in Internet of Things Top 10 Influencers by IT Chronicles as well as “IoT Thought Leaders to Watch.” He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving emerging technologies. Martin is the author of numerous business books, including Net Future, Mobile Influence (The New Power of the Consumer) and The Third Screen. Chuck is the former Editor of the MediaPost AI & IoT Daily, the largest AI and IoT daily publication in the world, and also wrote the widely read column “Connected Thinking,” sent to more than 100,000 subscribers each day.

Martin has spent his career defining the future impacts of developing technology on business around the world. As a futurist and visionary, in 1998, Martin wrote in his worldwide bestseller Net Future the following: “Wearable computers will venture out of the labs into the workplace, disposable chips will allow appliances to communicate with each other, and more networked devices will connect to more networked devices.” Martin essentially predicted the coming arrival of the Internet of Things a decade ahead of time.

At the birth of the commercial web, Martin was the founding publisher of Interactive Age, the first publication in history to launch in print and on the Web simultaneously. It was the first publication in history to run an interactive, online advertisement.

As head of Net Future Institute, a U.S.-based think tank that focuses on disruptive business strategies and marketing tactics for a networked world, Martin is on the forefront of research exploring the roles of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things and their impact on consumer behaviors.

Martin is a former Vice President of IBM, where he ran a $1 billion global division responsible for business strategy solutions in the media industry, including publishers and advertising agencies.

He also has been Associate Publisher of Information Week, a magazine targeted to CIOs and information technology professionals and has been an adjunct professor at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, where he taught Marketing Research.

Martin has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox, Cheddar TV and ABC-TV’s News Now.

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Chuck Martin on Voice Activated Devices

Digital Disruption 3.0. The first major digital disruption was the Internet. That one was gradual, taking years for every individual and business to get online for the first time. The second disruption was mobile, which was faster, since everyone was already on the Internet. The third disruption underway relates to the connecting of billions and billions of devices in every location, the Internet of Things. Chuck Martin has identified seven major digital disrupting forces of the Internet of Things: artificial intelligence, digital voice assistants, smart homes, drones and robots, connected cars, sensors, and virtual and augmented reality. Based on his upcoming book “Digital Disruption 3.0,” this high-paced presentation puts into context the significance of each of the disruptors, highlighting the aspects that matter both in the short and the long term. Digital Disruption 3.0 deals with what is about to impact every business and define the future.

The Butler Economy. New forms of connectivity and sensors along with the miniaturization of big data are causing previously un-thought of and highly disruptive personalization methods. The Butler Economy, coined by Chuck Martin, is about the transformation of how businesses will need to serve customers who are being connected to everything around them as they go through their daily lives. This session defines the seven major forces, ranging from all-the-time everywhere-marketing to the end of push-pull marketing.

Predictive, Adaptive, Responsive. Over the next five years, $6 trillion will be spent on new solutions relating to the Internet of Things, with consumer spending topping $1 trillion. Billions of sensors will change the entire supply chain, linking supply and demand to time and location. If it moves, it can be connected.  This sessions details how to deal with these new dynamics. The concept of loyalty is being reversed: rather than companies looking to identify and reward loyalty customers, it will be the customers who identify, aggregate and reward companies they perceive to be loyal to them. This is the ultimate business-customer disruption.

The State of Disruption. Disruptive digital technologies are flooding the market. The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, virtual reality, augmented reality, smart appliances, intelligent assistants, voice activation devices, wearables, hearables, autonomous vehicles, chatbots, smart speakers, near field communication, sensors and numerous forms of cognitive computing. This up-to-the-minute, non-techy market presentation provides a practical and understandable roadmap of all latest disrupting technologies in market context with insight on how to skip the fads and ride the trends.

The Internet of Things (IoT). As a futurist and visionary, in 1998, Martin wrote in his book Net Future the following: "Wearable computers will venture out of the labs into the workplace, disposable chips will allow appliances to communicate with each other, and more networked devices will continue to be linked to more networked devices." This session paints the picture for where the world is heading in The Internet of Things and what business leadership is needed to take an organization there. 

The New Digital Landscape. There are more than seven billion mobile phones worldwide, far exceeding the number of toothbrushes or toilets. With more than two billion of those being smartphones, a new consumer is emerging, totally armed with all information at their fingertips. In this customized, fast-paced and high-energy presentation, #1 best-selling author Chuck Martin lays out the digital landscape providing a clear direction and path for businesses of all types. Location technologies, NFC (near field communication and sensors of all types all play a role in the coming consumer behavioral changes that will impact all business. In what Martin defines as the Mobile Shopping Life Cycle, there are six specific moments when marketers have the opportunity to influence consumer purchase decisions. 

Flying Vehicles. The business world is facing yet another transformation, in this case relating to movement. The electric aerial vehicle revolution is about to transform personal and business travel, transportation, logistics, and supply chains. This new flying phenomenon is inventing personal aerial travel, flying taxis, new first responder capabilities, and self-flying vehicles, enabling millions of consumers around the world to take to the skies just as they adopted road travel decades ago. Emerging aerial technology, detailed in Chuck Martin’s latest book “Flying Vehicles” (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis), is about transporting people and things totally differently than in the past and creating efficiencies to travel to locations previously out of practical reach. The low-altitude economy is being borne out of startups, established brands, and forward-looking governmental agencies fueling the velocity of aerial innovation. Flying vehicles are the transportation of the future. This fast-paced, informative presentation details the role of flying vehicles, air taxis, flying cars, drones, and the massive impact on logistics, supply chains, the travel industry, and societal behavior. The aerial revolution is happening now, and Chuck Martin delves into the upheaval of the entire transportation infrastructure that is becoming a worldwide phenomenon.

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