Global Retail Marketing Assoc. | Kurzweil keynote: national brands gather to hear predictions in technology and its impact on managing innovation

March 27, 2010

Source: Global Retail Marketing Assoc. — March 27, 2010 | GRMA Staff

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Global Retail Marketing Association | The Global Retail Marketing Association announces Ray Kurzweil, bestselling author, to speak at the 4th annual GRMA Leadership Forum, April 22-24, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Senior Marketers from leading national retail brands will gather in April to hear Kurzweil’s predictions on the future of technology and its impact on managing innovation.  Inventor and recipient of nineteen honorary Doctorates and honors from three US presidents, Kurzweil has been described by the Wall Street Journal as “the restless genius” and ”the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes.

Best known for his predictions related to artificial intelligence and the human race, he has written four bestsellers and his website kurzweilAI.net has over one million readers. He is the subject of the documentary film Transcendant Man.

Technological innovations are affecting the products, pricing, systems, and user experience at every point in the retail chain.

Mr. Kurzweil is among a dynamic group of presenters slated to speak on the future-focused agenda, including Rob Conway, named the most powerful and influential person in telecom by the Global Telecoms Business Magazine, Mary Lou Quinlan, author and CEO, Just Ask a Woman; Mark Williams, President of Financial Services, Best Buy, and other recognized thought leaders.

As radical changes in technology are expected to redefine traditional business models and the way consumers will experience stores, retailers need to be prepared for what’s coming down the pike so they can begin to prepare and mold their business today.” noted Stephanie Fischer, CEO, GRMA. [...]