Agenda 2020

2020 Agenda

DAY 1: Wednesday, Nov 18

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DAY 1: Wednesday, Nov 18 | Virtual Conference

10:00am EST

Opening Remarks

Speaker:

Elisabeth Reynolds

Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future

10:05am EST

Welcome

Speaker:

L. Rafael Reif

President, MIT

10:10am EST

MIT Work of the Future Task Force Overview

Speaker:

Elisabeth Reynolds

Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future
Daniela Rus, MIT CSAIL
Speaker:

Daniela Rus

Director, MIT CSAIL; Deputy Dean of Research, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing; and MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

10:15am EST

Labor Market Dynamics: Are Worries About the Work of the Future Passé?

The Covid crisis has ‘cancelled’ the longest economic expansion in U.S. history and spurred a historic worldwide rise in unemployment. Ironically, technological advances generally, and automation specifically, had almost nothing to do with this reversal of fortune. Should we now stop worrying about technological job displacement? Or has the Covid crisis made these concerns—and the institutional responses to them—all the more urgent?

David Autor, MIT
Moderator:

David Autor

Co-chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future and MIT Professor of Economics
Susan Houseman
Panelist:

Susan Houseman

Vice President and Director of Research, W.E. Upjohn Institute
James Manyika
Panelist:

James Manyika

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company and Chairman McKinsey Global Institute
Fareed Zakaria
Panelist:

Fareed Zakaria

Host, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS

10:55

Perspectives from MIT's Bob Solow

Robert Solow
Speaker:

Robert Solow

MIT Professor of Economics and Nobel Laureate, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)

11:00am EST

Keynote Fireside Chat

David Autor, MIT
Moderator:

David Autor

Co-chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future and MIT Professor of Economics
Satya Nadella
Speaker:

Satya Nadella

CEO, Microsoft

11:15am EST

The Skills of the Future: Education, Training, and Learning

With rapid technological change, a global economic downturn, and uncertainty about the future of many industries, now more than ever, today’s workers need opportunities for investing in new skills and finding new career paths throughout their lives. How are our education and training institutions adapting? What new innovations are emerging and how can we create more flexibility and responsiveness to adapt and anticipate change going forward?

Andrew McAfee, MIT IDE
Moderator:

Andrew McAfee

Co-Director, IDE and Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management
Freeman Hrabowski
Panelist:

Freeman Hrabowski

President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Paul Osterman
Panelist:

Paul Osterman

Professor of Human Resources and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Frida Polli
Panelist:

Frida Polli

CEO and Founder, Pymetrics
Juan Salgado
Panelist:

Juan Salgado

Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

12:15pm EST

A Global Perspective on the Work of the Future

While new AI-related technologies are being developed and deployed globally, the implications for workers varies significantly across countries and jurisdictions. How is the work of the future emerging in different countries? What are the major themes and concerns and how are institutions and policies addressing them?

Jason Jackson, MIT
Moderator:

Jason Jackson

Ford Career Development Assistant Professor of Political Economy, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
Volkmar Denner
Panelist:

Volkmar Denner

Chairman of the Board, Robert Bosch GMBH
Panelist:

Yasheng Huang

MIT Sloan Professor of Global Economics and Management
Indra Nooyi
Panelist:

Indra Nooyi

Former Chairman and CEO, Pepsico

1:00pm EST

Shaping Technologies

One of the major themes of the MIT Work of the Future effort is that technological trajectories are shaped by multiple factors. This panel will explore how new technologies are developing and being applied in the workplace. Can they be directed toward more worker augmentation and human fulfillment more broadly? What are the opportunities and barriers?

David Mindell, MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics
Moderator:

David Mindell

Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; MIT Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and CEO and Founder, Humatics Corporation
Daron Acemoglu, MIT Economics
Panelist:

Daron Acemoglu

MIT Professor of Economics
Daniela Rus, MIT CSAIL
Panelist:

Daniela Rus

Director, MIT CSAIL; Deputy Dean of Research, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing; and MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Julie Shah
Panelist:

Julie Shah

MIT Associate Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Jeanne Magoulick
Panelist:

Jeanne Magoulick

Engineering Manager, Ford Motor Company

1:45pm EST

Fireside Chat

Tom Kochan
Moderator:

Thomas Kochan

Professor of Management, MIT; Professor of Work and Employment Research, and Co-Director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management
Saru Jayaraman
Speaker:

Saru Jayaraman

President, One Fair Wage, and Director, Food Labor Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

2:00pm EST

Policy Levers and Institutions

As much of the MIT research has underscored, the work of the future is ours to shape. It is through our institutions and public policies that we chart the course for how prosperity will be both generated and shared. What lessons can we draw from the past few decades in the U.S. and elsewhere and what should be the priorities going forward?

Moderator:

Elisabeth Reynolds

Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future
US Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester
Panelist:

U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester

Co-Chair, Congressional Future of Work Caucus
Karen Mills
Panelist:

Karen Mills

Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School and Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration
John Van Reenan
Panelist:

John Van Reenen

MIT Sloan Professor of Applied Economics and Department of Economics
Jeff Wilke
Panelist:

Jeff Wilke

CEO, Amazon Worldwide Consumer

2:45pm EST

Closing Remarks

Speaker:

Elisabeth Reynolds

Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future
David Mindell, MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics
Speaker:

David Mindell

Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; MIT Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and CEO and Founder, Humatics Corporation
David Autor, MIT
Speaker:

David Autor

Co-chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future and MIT Professor of Economics