DAY 1: Thursday, November 21 - AI & the Work of the Future CongressView Day 1 Agenda
DAY 2: Friday, November 22 - Congress UnconferenceView Day 2 Agenda
DAY 1: Thursday, November 21 - AI & the Work of the Future Congress | Kresge Auditorium
7:30am - 8:20am
Registration and Breakfast
8:20am - 8:30am
Call to Order
Christie KoAssociate Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)
8:30am - 8:45am
Daniela RusDirector, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
Erik BrynjolfssonDirector, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)
8:45am - 9:00am
Framing of the Conference
Elisabeth B. ReynoldsExecutive 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.
Daniela RusDirector, MIT CSAIL
Fred GoffCEO, Jobcase, Inc.
Scott PrevostVice President of Engineering, Sensei, Adobe
Julie ShahAssociate Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, and Lead, Interactive Robotics Group, MIT CSAIL
9:45am - 10:15am
David AutorFord Professor of Economics, MIT Economics
James McGlennonExecutive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance
10:15am - 10:45am
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 MindellCo-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future (WotF), Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, and CEO and Founder, Humatics Corporation
Ittai DayanExecutive Director of Strategy, Research & Clinical Operations, MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS)
David JohnsonVice President, Production Engineering and New Model Quality, Nissan North America, Inc.
Zeynep TonProfessor of the Practice, MIT Sloan School of Management
11:30am - 12:00pm
Andrew McAfeeCo-Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), and Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management
Ardine WilliamsVice President, Workforce Development, Amazon
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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?
Devin CookExecutive Producer, Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC)
Radha BasuCEO, iMerit
Kathryn FinneyCEO, digitalundivided
David HallPartner, 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 OstermanCo-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
Jacob HsuCEO, Catalyte
Suzan (Suzi) LeVineCommissioner, Washington State Employment Security Department
Guillermo MirandaGlobal Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, IBM
Annette ParkerPresident, South Central College
2:30pm - 3:00pm
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.
Erik BrynjolfssonDirector, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)
Daron AcemogluElizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, MIT
Alastair FitzpayneExecutive Director of the Future of Work Initiative, The Aspen Institute
Sarita GuptaDirector, Future of Work(ers) Program, Ford Foundation
Michael KratsiosChief Technology Officer of the United States, The White House
3:45pm - 4:00pm
4:00pm - 6:00pm
DAY 2: Friday, November 22 - Congress Unconference | Samberg Conference Center
8:00am - 12:30pm
Participants in last year’s Congress provided feedback that they want to play an active role in crafting a future where innovation, inclusion, and economic opportunity is a possibility for everyone – and we heard you!
On November 22, we’re offering the inaugural AI and the Work of the Future Unconference Workshop at MIT. Join us for an impactful day two as we harness key insights from the Congress combined with your questions and ideas to formulate creative, actionable solutions. We want to tap your perspective, expertise, and ideas to create a unique and powerful solution space that amplifies and facilitates the AI and the work of the future-driven conversations that matter most to you and your organization. Unconference Workshop findings will result in a published MIT report that will be shared with academics, policymakers, future of work entrepreneurs, and the public.
What is an Unconference?
An unconference removes pre-defined, specific topics or speakers, empowering participants to derive the topics, and then become the speakers in a breakout format. The notion of offering an unconference was borne at last year’s AI and the Work of the Future Congress where attendees requested the opportunity to have more discussion around the ideas presented. Learn more about what’s in store here: How ‘Unconferences’ Unleash Innovative Ideas.
What are the themes and challenges of the Unconference Workshop?
We propose the following high-level themes as a starting point, based on the primary sessions of the Day 1 Congress on Nov. 21. However, to be true to the spirit of the Unconference Workshop, discussion topics will be chosen based on ideas presented and voted upon live at the Unconference Workshop.
- How do we dispel the myths of technology and the impact on work?
- How do we integrate new technology into jobs, tasks, and skills?
- How do we harness education to promote human capital development?
- What public policy levers should be implemented to impact people, places, and institutions?
Unconference Workshop organizers will prepare a summary of each breakout, including the three key action items from each session, and generate a report that will be shared publicly and posted on the Congress website. MIT faculty and researchers — including Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee, Liz Reynolds, and Katie Bach — plus MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge Global Finalists and Winners, will be at the event and ready to be inspired by your ideas and implement them into their work. All attendees will be provided with interactive Klik Badges that will be utilized for surveys and priority voting.
Don’t miss this opportunity to actively help MIT chart a course for catalyzing innovation for inclusion and economic opportunity for all!
Breakfast and Networking
Overview of Unconference Workshop
Introduction and description of Unconference workshop process
Group Discussion Topic
Attendees propose a discussion topic idea to the group, and the audience votes on those ideas/questions
Organizers sort the topics by priority vote and schedule breakout sessions
Breakout session topics and locations are announced, and attendees move to the breakout rooms for group discussion
Attendees return to plenary session where an appointed spokesperson from each breakout group summarizes and prioritizes the discussions into three key action items