Agenda

2019 Agenda

DAY 1: Thursday, November 21 - Kresge Auditorium

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DAY 2: Friday, November 22 - Samberg Conference Center

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DAY 1: Thursday, November 21 - Kresge Auditorium

7:30am - 8:30am

Registration and Breakfast


8:30am - 8:45am

Welcome

Speaker:

Daniela Rus

Director, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
Speaker:

Erik Brynjolfsson

Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)

8:45am - 9:00am

Framing of the Conference

Speaker:

Elisabeth B. Reynolds

Executive Director, MIT Work of the Future (WotF) Task Force

9:00am - 9:45am

Panel 1: Through the Lens of Technology: Dispelling the Myths

This panel will examine the current state of AI technology, where it will likely be in the next 10+ years and examples of how new technologies are, or have the potential to, transform the workplace. How do we move from a vision of robots as overlords to one of robots as collaborators?   While new technologies are substituting some human tasks, the vast majority will compliment work.

Moderator:

Lori Glover

Managing Director, MIT CSAIL Alliances
Panelist:

Scott Prevost

Vice President of Engineering, Sensei & Search, Adobe
Panelist:

Julie Shah

Associate Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, and Lead, Interactive Robotics Group, MIT CSAIL
Panelist:

TBA


9:45am - 10:15am

Fireside Chat

Speaker:

David Autor

Ford Professor of Economics, MIT Economics
Kevin Scott, Microsoft
Speaker:

Kevin Scott

Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft

10:15am - 10:45am

Break


10:45am - 11:30am

Panel 2: Through the Lens of Industry: Integrating New Technology and Implications for Work

This panel will build off of Panel 1’s emphasis on technologies and look more broadly at an industry-level as to how technological and business innovations are changing workflow, jobs, tasks and skills within specific industries.   There will be a particular focus on supply chains, which play a critical role across nearly all industries. Experts drawn from a diverse set of industries such as mobility, healthcare and retail will speak to how change is occurring at the industry level for workers going forward.

David Mindell, MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics
Moderator:

David Mindell

Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future (WotF), Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, and CEO and Founder, Humatics Corporation
Panelist:

Zeynep Ton

Professor of the Practice, MIT Sloan School of Management

Additional panelists TBA


11:30am - 12:00pm

Fireside Chat

Andrew McAfee, MIT IDE
Moderator:

Andrew McAfee

Co-Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), and Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management
Ardine Williams, Amazon
Speaker:

Ardine Williams

Vice President, Workforce Development, Amazon

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch


1:00pm - 1:45pm

Inclusive Entrepreneurs: Building the New Economy

High-growth startups drive net new job creation in the US, yet too few of these startups create jobs for middle- and low-income earners. A new class of tech entrepreneurs — inclusive innovators that harness technology to create work for economically and geographically diverse populations — is enabling more workers to share in the economic progress of the digital age. The pathway to success for these entrepreneurs is full of obstacles, exceeding the challenges faced by traditional tech startups. What are the systemic challenges facing inclusive innovators? How do we foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports inclusive innovation? How do we enable a more diverse population of entrepreneurs to identify underappreciated challenges and drive innovative solutions to solve them?

Moderator:

Devin Cook

Executive Producer, Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC)
Radha Basu, iMerit
Panelist:

Radha Basu

CEO, iMerit Technology Services, and Co-Found, Anudip Foundation
Kathryn Finney

Kathryn Finney

CEO, digitalundivided
Panelist:

David Hall

Partner, Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Revolution LLC

1:45pm - 2:30pm

Panel 3: Innovation and Experimentation in Delivering Education and Skills

The changing nature of work and implications for education and training are a central focus of national and regional conversation and policy. This panel will explore  how the labor market is changing and current strategies to promote human capital development. Panelists will represent some of the key innovations in this space from community colleges to private-sector led certifications, to online education.

Paul Osterman, MIT Sloan
Moderator:

Paul Osterman

Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Professor of Human Resources and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Panelist:

Jacob Hsu

CEO, Catalyte
Suzan LeVine, WA State
Panelist:

Suzan (Suzi) LeVine

Commissioner, Washington State Employment Security Department
Guillermo Miranda
Panelist:

Guillermo Miranda

Vice President & Global Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, IBM
Panelist:

Annette Parker

President, South Central College

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Break


3:00pm - 3:45pm

Panel 4: Work of the Future Policy Levers: People, Places and Institutions

How do we shape policy and practice such that it ensures that technological innovations benefit society at large? This panel will delve into several key areas that have emerged as important for reform and investment such as R&D and tax policy, education and training, worker advocacy and place-based strategies. Panelists will discuss the latest ideas on how the U.S. can build a strong foundation for shared prosperity in the 21st century.

Moderator:

Erik Brynjolfsson

Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)
Daron Acemoglu, MIT Economics
Panelist:

Daron Acemoglu

Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, MIT
Alastair Fitzpayne, The Aspen Institute
Panelist:

Alastair Fitzpayne

Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative, The Aspen Institute
Michael Kratsios, White House

Michael Kratsios

Chief Technology Officer of the United States, The White House

4:30pm - 4:45pm

Wrap-Up


4:45pm - 6:00pm

Reception


DAY 2: Friday, November 22 - Samberg Conference Center | Continue the Work of the Future Conversation

9:00am - 12:00pm

Workshops

After the Congress, keep the conversation going. Cap off your time on campus by participating in the AI & Work of the Future Unconference on Friday, November 22.

Join fellow participants and bring your biggest questions and most innovative ideas to this half-day event. No pre-determined topics, keynotes, or panels – we’ll amplify and facilitate the AI and future of work-driven conversations that matter most to you and your organization.

New to the unconference format? Learn more about what’s in store here: How ‘Unconferences’ Unleash Innovative Ideas


12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch