Ben Hammersley



Ben Hammersley futurist speaker, trends, wired

As one of the world's leading futurists, Ben Hammersley has been working with corporations, governments, and elite individuals worldwide for more than a decade. Synthesising cutting-edge research from multiple disciplines, he guides his audiences through the key lessons on how to work, live, thrive, and innovate in the coming years.


Ben Hammersley is a futurist, author, and digital thought leader. He has been called one of the most thought-provoking futurists of our time and has addressed audiences around the globe for over 10 years. He brings a practical, proactive approach to future technologies, inspiring and educating audiences and preparing them for the future, while exploring the effects of the internet and the digital network on the world’s business, political and social spheres.

Over the past 20 years, he has been a technology journalist for the Times and the Guardian, a war reporter covering Afghanistan and Beirut, an author of 5 books, the presenter of a landmark BBC and Netflix television series, the Editor at Large of UK’s WIRED magazine, a consultant to the UK and US governments and the European Commission, the inventor of the word “podcast”, and a pilot, emergency medic, rescue diver, and ultra-runner.

As host of Cybercrimes, he explored a global threat that could impact us all—the dark world of hacking. A new generation of highly organized cybercriminals run complex commercial enterprises, involving leaders, planners, engineers, infantry and hired money mules. Hammersley also is the author of the acclaimed book64 Things You Need To Know Now For Then”, a guide to the new concepts of the modern world. His most recent book, Now For Then: How To Face The Digital Future Without Fear”, is on the latest ideas in technology, culture, business and politics. It demystifies the Internet, decodes cyberspace and ushers us through the innovation revolution in which we are all living.

When Ben Hammersley speaks to audiences, he dissects intricate concepts and developing technologies and adds fascinating stories and analogies to make these topics accessible. While some speakers and pundits use a “doom and gloom” method to scare people about our rapidly developing future, Hammersley employs humor and common sense to illustrate his views. His methods are especially helpful when illustrating that spheres of power and influence have dramatically changed in the last generation, and how most of us employ a way a thinking that doesn’t line up with today’s society—or the future.

A speaker and consultant that can mold to any industry’s needs, Ben Hammersley consults with organizations and corporations about trends, technology and security, whether it’s in travel, financial services, human resources or government. But he doesn’t just talk to the big guys; he also consults with smaller associations and organizations. Through detailed research, he will sort through the issues troubling you, find your strengths, and devise a completely customized speech and action plan that will help your organization move forward. He’ll share what holds your company back, what or who the disrupters are in your sector and exactly how you to navigate, succeed and thrive—in the future.

Global Innovation Trends.

What is happening in your sector? What is new and cutting edge in the world? What technologies are shaping the future, and where are they already being used? Using the experience, contacts, and understanding developed over 20 years of technology reporting and consultancy, Ben Hammersley will bring these insights and understandings to your audience, leaving them educated, excited, and prepared to take on the world. Since this topic is constantly changing and very audience specific, Ben will prepare takeaways and predictions tailored precisely to your organization’s needs.

A.I. and the Future of Work.

Everything you know about working is wrong. Decades of research in neuroscience, architecture, and cognitive science, and the examination of countless hours of high-pressure elite-operative jobs in emergency medicine, military aviation, and space travel, are combining to show that the cliches of the modern workplace are not only unsuitable for the future, but actively harmful to a thriving business. There are new challenges everywhere: from the measurable drop in IQ from working in open-plan offices (and the danger of distractions), to the development of personal assistant Artificial Intelligences, advanced remote collaboration systems, and the new mental and physical skills that are reshaping the modern corporation. In this enlightening talk, Ben’s will show audiences how they can utilize the proven science to reassess, redesign, and revolutionize their work.

How to Face the Digital Future Without Fear.

Today’s change, tomorrow’s work: the fundamental shifts of the future.

Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley.

Now For Then: How to Face the Digital Future Without Fear.

In NOW FOR THEN, guru of the digital age Ben Hammersley gives us the essential guide to the things we need to know for life in the 21st century. Explaining the effects of the changes in the modern world, and the latest ideas in technology, culture, business and politics, this book will demystify the Internet, decode cyberspace, and guide you through the innovations of the revolution we are all living through. This is not a book for geeks. NOW FOR THEN is for everyone who wants to truly understand the modern world, to no longer be confused by the changes in society, business and culture, and to truly prosper in the coming decade. 'An easy-to-read analysis of some of the key cultural and technological changes of the 21st century...' Press Association

Now For Then: How to Face the Digital Future Without Fear.

64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then: How to Face the Digital Future without Fear.

Presents a guide to essential knowledge for the twenty-first century, exploring the latest ideas in technology, business, and culture while explaining such concepts as how the Internet and cyberspace work.

64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then: How to Face the Digital Future without Fear.