Ray Hammond is Europe's most experienced, successful and most widely published futurist. For over 30 years he has researched, written, spoken and broadcast about how major trends will affect society and business in the future.
Ray is the author of 16 books about the future, a body of work which he began in 1980 and which stands as testament to the long-term accuracy and reliability of his foresight. His 1984 work The On-Line Handbook was the world's first book to identify the importance of the Internet and to identify 'search' as the driving force behind on-line advertising and e-commerce.
In 1986 Ray Hammond's groundbreaking publication The Modern Frankenstein became the first book to predict the importance of genetic engineering, cloning and the emergence of super-intelligent machines that may become rivals to the human species later in the 21st Century. In 1996, a decade later, his international best-seller Digital Business provided a blueprint for Web commerce and provided a business plan for on-line retail enterprises.
Ray is also the author of four futuristic novels and his books have been best-sellers in the USA, UK, France, Spain, Poland, Japan and China. He is published globally by Macmillan.
As a futurist - or futurologist, if you prefer the European term - Ray Hammond is highly sought-after as a business speaker providing keynote speeches, workshops and seminars for the world's major companies, governments and for NGOs. He is often asked to present an inspirational keynote address on the future at either the opening or closing of a conference or similar event.
When an event organiser wants to lift an audience, get an event off to a rousing and exciting start, or to close it with an upbeat and stimulating message, Ray Hammond provides a view of the future which is both visionary and of practical use in a business environment.
Ray Hammond’s most popular keynote speech topics include:
• The Seven Key Drivers of The Future: World Population Growth, Climate Change, The Looming Energy Crisis, the World's Poorest Billion, Globalisation, Accelerating Exponential Technology Development and the Prevent-Extend model of new medicine.
• Social Media - How Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. have become important new spaces for business and social interaction
• The Awakening of the Global Brain: Are Google and the other search engines showing the first sign of artificial intelligence?
• The Technological Singularity. What happens when computers are as clever as humans, and what happens when they are many times more clever?
• The Virtual Ape: Why humans love virtual business and social interactions and why Homo Sapiens is about to become Homo Virtualis
• The Mobile Data Revolution (What extended networks,hybrid networks and broadband mobile will do for your organisation)
• Generating and Capturing 'Business Process Intellectual Capital' Within Your Organisation
The evening talk Ray Hammond gave our chapter members in Cairo was perfectly tuned. He laid out the big issues that will affect business over the next twenty years.
Mr Hammond's excellent speech opened our eyes to many important aspects of our daily life which we do not normally take into account. The participants at the congress will not forget his impressive conclusions. We are very proud he made it to Berne.
Ray Hammond was fantastic at our Creative Design day in London. The audience was mesmerised.
Ray Hammond was brilliant at our client conference in Cape Town. He is totally unlike other futurists and he takes a very philosophical approach to the issues.
We were delighted to welcome Ray Hammond back to a Mastercard event - this time in Monte Carlo. As always he tailored his talk to our audience and enthralled us about the future of payments technology.
Ray - thank you for your terrific contribution to our Business Leadership Forum. I think the lively discussions have shown how much interest the topic generated with the group and I would really like to thank you for helping to make this event a success.
Ray Hammond's speech was stimulating and inspiring. He brought logic to bear on the opportunities and challenges facing the travel industry in the next 30 years.
It was the way that Ray Hammond identified the big trends that are most likely to affect our business that impressed our senior management team.
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