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

March 27, 2010

Source: Global Retail Marketing Association — March 27, 2010

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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.

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, 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 best sellers and his website KurzweilAI has millions of 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; Mark Williams, President of Financial Services, Best Buy; 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.

“With a future focused agenda featuring speakers such as Mr. Kurzweil, our retailers will begin a proactive approach to utilizing technology as it evolves,” noted Stephanie Fischer, CEO, Global Retail Marketing Association. [...]