Charting a Course
We must proactively and thoughtfully reinvent the future of work.
The remarkable progression of technological innovation is ushering in a new era of unprecedented health, convenience, and prosperity. But the machines imbued with human and superhuman capabilities also bring a flood of collective uncertainty and anxiety about the impact on work and economies. How can we create a future of work that complements and augments human potential while contributing to shared economic prosperity?
To help us understand and meet this grand challenge, three of MIT’s most innovative, future-focused initiatives have joined forces to present the MIT AI & the Work of the Future Congress.
This year’s Congress will convene the leaders and visionaries on the front line that are:
Rigorously measuring technological impact on enterprises, governments, and societies.
Generating solutions for organizations and policymakers that are working today.
Crafting strategies and guidelines for the future.
MIT believes the challenge of building an equitable and prosperous future of work is an urgent imperative.
The question we should be asking ourselves at this historic moment isn’t “what is technology going to do to our economy and society,” but rather “what will we do with technology?” Audience participation and break out sessions will be available. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the leaders reinventing the work of the future and to engage in this important conversation.
Daniela RusDirector, MIT CSAIL
Director, MIT CSAIL
Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Rus’ research interests are in robotics, artificial intelligence, and data science.
The focus of her work is developing the science and engineering of autonomy, toward the long-term objective of enabling a future with machines pervasively integrated into the fabric of life, supporting people with cognitive and physical tasks. Her research addresses some of the gaps between where robots are today and the promise of pervasive robots: increasing the ability of machines to reason, learn, and adapt to complex tasks in human-centered environments, developing intuitive interfaces between robots and people, and creating the tools for designing and fabricating new robots quickly and efficiently. The applications of this work are broad and include transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, monitoring the environment, underwater exploration, smart cities, medicine, and in-home tasks such as cooking.
Rus serves as the Associate Director of MIT’s Quest for Intelligence Core, and as Director of the Toyota-CSAIL Joint Research Center, whose focus is the advancement of AI research and its applications to intelligent vehicles. She is a member of the Toyota Research Institute advisory board.
Rus is a Class of 2002 MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, AAAI and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of the 2017 Engelberger Robotics Award from the Robotics Industries Association. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University. Rus has also worked on two collaborative projects with the Pilobolus Dance company at the intersection of Technology and Art. Seraph, a pastoral story about human-machine friendship, was choreographed in 2010 and performed in 2010-2011 in Boston and New York City. The Umbrella Project, a participatory performance exploring group behavior, was choreographed in 2012 and performed at PopTech 2012, in Cambridge, Baltimore, and Singapore.
Erik BrynjolfssonDirector, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)
Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)
Erik Brynjolfsson is the Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy. He also serves as the Schussel Family Professor of Management at MIT Sloan, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. At MIT, he teaches courses on the Economics of Information and the Analytics Lab. He has also taught at Harvard and Stanford.
Brynjolfsson’s research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, digital commerce, and intangible assets. He was among the first researchers to measure productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. His research provided the first quantification of online product variety value, often known as the “Long Tail,” and developed pricing and bundling models for information goods. Appearing in leading economics, management, and science journals, his research has been recognized with ten Best Paper awards and five patents.
Author of several books including, with co-author Andrew McAfee, NYTimes best-seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (2014) and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future (forthcoming, June 2017), Brynjolfsson is an editor of SSRN’s Information System Network and has served on editorial boards of numerous academic journals. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Harvard and a PhD from MIT. His papers can be found at http://digital.mit.edu/erik.
Lori GloverManaging Director-Alliances, MIT CSAIL Alliances
Managing Director-Alliances, MIT CSAIL Alliances
Lori heads Alliances for the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)– the largest lab at MIT with over 1000 people and home to MIT research initiatives on Big Data, Wireless and Cyber Security. In her role at CSAIL, she is responsible for corporate and organizational engagement through the CSAIL Alliance Program, the Visiting Industry Researcher program, CSAIL startups and technology ecosystem, the professional education partnership with EdX and MIT Professional education, as well as talent acquisition/recruiting programs within CSAIL.
Lori also serves as the Executive Director of CyberSecurity@CSAIL, MIT’s new research initiative focused on identifying and developing technologies to address the most significant security issues confronting organizations over the next decade.
Additionally, Lori is the Executive Director of the research initiative BigData@CSAIL which focuses on the development of new methods for dealing with challenges posed by the ever increasing volume, velocity and variety of data and applying those techniques to specific research areas such as finance, medicine, social media and security.
Previously, Lori was the Assistant Vice President of Corporate Engagement at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She has also practiced law, taught law school and is a member of both the Massachusetts and Florida bars.
Elisabeth B. ReynoldsExecutive Director, MIT Work of the Future (WotF) Task Force
Elisabeth B. Reynolds
Executive Director, MIT Work of the Future (WotF) Task Force
Elisabeth Reynolds is the executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center and a lecturer in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Reynolds works on issues related to systems of innovation, regional economic development and industrial competitiveness. She is a member of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative as well as the Northeast Clean Energy Council. Her current research focuses on the pathways that US entrepreneurial firms take in scaling production-related technologies, as well as advanced manufacturing, including the globalization of the biomanufacturing industry. Before coming to MIT for her PhD, Reynolds was the director of the City Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit founded by Professor Michael Porter, focused on job and business growth in urban areas. Reynolds has an AB from Harvard in government and was a Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. She holds an MSc from the University of Montreal in economics and a PhD from MIT in urban and regional studies.
David AutorCo-Chair, MIT Work of the Future
Co-Chair, MIT Work of the Future
David Autor is Ford Professor of Economics and associate head of the MIT Department of Economics. His scholarship explores the labor market impacts of technological change and globalization, earnings inequality, and disability insurance and labor supply. Autor has received several awards for his scholarship, including the National Science Foundation Career Award; an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship; and the Sherwin Rosen Prize for outstanding contributions in the field of labor economics—and for his teaching, including MIT’s James A. and Ruth Levitan Award for excellence in teaching; the Undergraduate Economic Association Teaching Award; and the Faculty Appreciation Award from the MIT Technology and Policy Program. He was recognized by Bloomberg as one of the 50 people who defined global business in 2017. Autor is a faculty research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and is also affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, the MIT School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and the Institute for the Study of Labor. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Autor received a BA in psychology from Tufts University and a PhD in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Matt BusekroosEvents, Marketing, and Client Relations, MIT CSAIL Alliances
Events, Marketing, and Client Relations, MIT CSAIL Alliances
Matt Busekroos joined CSAIL Alliances in 2017 and provides administrative support to the marketing and events and client relations teams. He is an Emmy Award-winning producer, editor and content creator.
Devin CookExecutive Producer, Inclusive Innovation Challenge, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Executive Producer, Inclusive Innovation Challenge, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Devin Cook is the Executive Producer of the Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC), an international program that celebrates organizations addressing a grand challenge of our time – to create shared prosperity by reinventing the future of work. Launched at MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy under Devin’s leadership, the IIC awards $1 million to Inclusive Innovators that create economic opportunity for the many and not just the few in the digital age.
Devin’s expertise lies in accelerating entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems for economic growth. As a Fulbright Scholar in India, Devin examined entrepreneurship as a driver of economic development among textile artisans. She holds an MBA from MIT, where she engaged in research and theory development with leading innovation and entrepreneurship faculty and trained in design thinking. With practical experience working at multiple start-ups, as well as leading international projects and seminars for Fortune 100 clients, Devin brings a deep understanding of how solutions that address the world’s biggest challenges can be scaled up to achieve maximum positive impact.
Devin holds a Graduate Certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business from the University of Delaware and a BA from Middlebury College.
Shannon FarrellyDirector, Communications & Media Relations, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Director, Communications & Media Relations, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Shannon Farrelly directs branding, creative production, communications, marketing, and media relations at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. Shannon also leads communications, and film and event production for the Inclusive Innovation Challenge, MIT’s premier global future of work prize that recognizes, rewards, and promotes organizations that are using technology to create broadly shared economic opportunity.
Shannon directs branding, design, and marketing communications for the Congress, and coordinates Congress media relations for the IDE.
Jessica GibsonMarketing and Events Manager, MIT CSAIL Alliances
Marketing and Events Manager, MIT CSAIL Alliances
Jessica joined CSAIL Alliances in 2014 and runs marketing and events for the team. CSAIL is MIT’s largest lab with over 1200 people and is home to MIT research initiatives in systems that learn/AI, fintech, cyber security and machine learning applications. CSAIL Alliances helps to connect industry organizations to the researchers, faculty, students and research in the lab. In addition to creating opportunities for companies to learn about technologies coming out of CSAIL, Jessica has hosted the MIT AI and the Future of Work Congress in 2017 and 2018, Cambridge2Cambridge an international cybersecurity competition for university students across the globe, the Cambridge Cyber Summit with CNBC in 2016 and MIT’s Securing the Enterprise Conference.
Christie KoAssociate Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Associate Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Christie Ko is the associate director for the Initiative on the Digital Economy. She manages the IDE corporate membership program, oversees events including the IDE Annual Conference, and is part of the IDE leadership team. Prior to joining IDE, she was head of Member Services for the MIT Energy Initiative, where she worked closely with corporations, foundations, and individuals supporting research, symposia, events, and educational programs. During her time at MITEI, she also ramped up a multi-disciplinary Energy Studies Minor — now one of the most popular minor programs on campus — and piloted an internship program. Christie sits on the Advisory Boards for the Centre for Work-based Learning (University of Strathclyde) and the Centre for Relationship Marketing and Service Management (Hanken School of Economics). Christie received a BA in literature from Boston University and an MS in writing and cultural politics from the University of Edinburgh.
Sarah Jane (SJ) MaxtedAssociate Director, MIT Work of the Future
Sarah Jane (SJ) Maxted
Associate Director, MIT Work of the Future
SJ Maxted accelerates innovation ecosystems and the systems that drive innovation and entrepreneurship. She holds a position on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Innovation Ecosystems and seeks to find new ways to support entrepreneurs and innovation ecosystems. She has a deep understanding of the role of the public and private sector, and the critical role each play in supporting the advancement of technology and innovation. She advises start-ups, incubators/accelerators, prizes/challenges, and other strategic interventions globally.
Currently she is a Senior Advisor on MIT’s Task Force on the Future of Work focused on strategy and operations. She also works closely with regional innovation ecosystem interventions including those in Oregon, Massachusetts and Colorado.
She has supported other key initiatives at MIT such as The Engine, an early stage venture capital firm focused on tough technology that will enhance the world. She also scaled an MIT start-up, the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program working across 40+ regions to develop their regional innovation ecosystems. At Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, managed and launched the U.S. Cluster Mapping Project which centers on industry-cluster growth strategies and regional economic development. She also spent time working on innovation ecosystems, technology transfer and commercialization at the U.S. Department of Energy and 17 DOE National Laboratories. And, she founded the inaugural DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan, DOE Tribal Clean Energy Summit, and MIT iEcosystem Symposium.
Originally from Durango, Colorado, she graduated from Duke University studying the intersection of policy, business and society. She spent significant time in D.C. working for the Obama Administration as well a working for D-MA Senator John Kerry earlier in her career.
Andrew McAfeeCo-Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Co-Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Andrew McAfee is the Co-Director of the IDE and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research investigates how information technology changes the way companies perform, organize themselves, and compete. At a higher level, his work also focuses on how computerization affects competition, society, the economy, and the workforce. In addition to having numerous papers published, McAfee also writes a widely read blog, which is at times one of the 10,000 most popular in the world. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles, case studies and other materials for students and teachers of technology. Prior to joining MIT Sloan, McAfee was a professor at Harvard Business School. He has also served as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. McAfee received his doctorate from Harvard Business School, and completed two Master of Science and two Bachelor of Science degrees at MIT. He speaks frequently to both academic and industry audiences, and has taught in executive education programs around the world.
Carrie ReynoldsProgram & Events Coordinator, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Program & Events Coordinator, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Carrie Reynolds is the Program & Events Coordinator at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. Carrie also serves as Outreach Partnership Coordinator with the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) and manages social media for both the IDE and IIC.
Carrie attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO and holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Valerie StephensMarketing and Website Coordinator, MIT CSAIL Alliances
Marketing and Website Coordinator, MIT CSAIL Alliances
Valerie Stephens joined CSAIL Alliances in Fall 2015. Her work focuses on connecting industry and the general public to the research advancements and people of MIT CSAIL. This includes overseeing the management of the website, social media initiatives and the print and digital marketing for the Alliances team.
David Verrillexecutive director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy
executive director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy
David Verrill is executive director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy. David has worked and consulted at MIT for more than 25 years. Prior to his work at MIT, he was a research scientist at the Center for Blood Research in Boston. David has also worked at Xerox Adaptive Products, where he was manager of International Sales and Business Development. He has also helped start two companies, including Winchester International Group and the Hub Investment Group, which continues to invest in startup companies in the New England region. He sits on the board of Viral Gains, and is Chairman Emeritus of the Angel Capital Association where he heads the ACA Public Policy Committee.
David holds degrees from Bowdoin College and the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he received a master of science in management.
Susan YoungAssistant Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Assistant Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Susan Young is Assistant Director at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, where she produces the Inclusive Innovation Challenge, manages the Analytics Lab action learning course, develops special projects and new activities, and supports strategic development of the Initiative. Susan holds an MA in International Relations from New York University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
CSAIL is home to almost 1200 people, over 900 active projects, 56 research groups, and over 600 students. The lab covers robotics, natural language processing, computer vision, cryptography, algorithms, architecture, networks, systems, web science, AI, HCI, computational biology and more. CSAIL also houses research initiatives for MIT including Cybersecurity@CSAIL, SystemsThatLearn@CSAIL, and FinTech@CSAIL. Learn more
The MIT Work of the Future Task Force launched in spring 2018 to understand how emerging technologies are transforming the nature of human work and the set of skills that enable humans to thrive in the digital economy, how humans can shape and catalyze technological innovation to complement and augment human potential, and how civic institutions can ensure that the gains from these emerging innovations contribute to equality of opportunity, social inclusion, and shared prosperity. Learn more
The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) explores how people, businesses, and societies work, interact, and prosper in the digital era. The IDE’s mission is rooted in insight and action — while our research is rigorously academic in its approach, our charter is to understand, inform, and pragmatically solve the grand challenges of the second machine age. Learn more