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.
Daniela RusDirector, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor, MIT EECS
Director, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor, MIT EECS
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.
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 B. Reynolds is a Principal Research Scientist and Lecturer in MIT’s Dept. of Urban Studies in Planning. She works on issues related to systems of innovation, regional economic development and industrial competitiveness. She has focused in particular on the theory and practice of cluster development and regional innovation systems and advises several organizations in this area. Her current research focuses on advanced manufacturing, growing innovative companies to scale and building innovation capacity in developed and developing countries. She is a member of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and on the board of the Friends of Wellesley METCO.
Before coming to MIT for her PhD, Liz 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.
Liz has an A.B. from Harvard in Government, a MSc. from the University of Montreal in Economics and a PhD from MIT in Urban and Regional Studies.
Andrew McAfeeCo-Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management
Co-Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management
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.
Satya NadellaCEO, Microsoft
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.