MIT and the Digital Economy

Friday, January 18, 2013

Digital technologies are transforming business, our economy, and our society faster and more deeply than ever before. They are creating unprecedented wealth, underpinning innovation in all sectors, converting science fiction into everyday reality, and bringing a great many benefits to people throughout the world. In short, there is a new industrial revolution taking place driven by hardware, software, and networks - and as usual, MIT is at the forefront.

Research at the Institute has also been instrumental in highlighting the challenges we’ll face as we move deeper into a computerized, interlinked economy. As technology races ahead it is leaving many people behind, a phenomenon reflected in current statistics about inequality, mobility, and unemployment. Choices we make now are important - they will shape how technology’s benefits will flow throughout society.

This event will highlight MIT’s role in both understanding and shaping our digital economy. We will feature the award-winning research of our faculty, the contributions of our alumni, and the perspectives of some of the most influential people in the Digital Economy. Harnessing the potential of digital technologies is both the greatest opportunity and grandest challenge of our generation, and for MIT in particular. Please join us in San Francisco on January 18 to participate in discussions that are sure to engage your intellect, broaden your perspective, challenge your preconceptions, and ignite your imagination. In other words, to do all the things that MIT does so well.

Please join us on January 18 for a celebration of innovation, technology, and the Institute.

Agenda
12:00 noon Registration
12:30 pm Luncheon

Welcome Remarks


Dean David Schmittlein
John C Head III Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management

Andrew McAfee, '88, '89, LGO '90
Associate Director and Principal Research Scientist, The MIT Center for Digital Business

Erik Brynjolfsson, PhD '91
Director, The MIT Center for Digital Business, Schussel Family Professor of Management Science, MIT Sloan School of Management
1:00 pm Race Against the Machine
Erik Brynjolfsson, PhD '91
Director, The MIT Center for Digital Business, Schussel Family Professor of Management Science, MIT Sloan School of Management
1:30 pm Panel 1: Technology, Progress and Employment
Moderator:

Andrew McAfee, ’88, ’89, LGO ’90
Associate Director and Principal Research Scientist, MIT Center for Digital Business

Jeremy Howard, President and Chief Scientist, Kaggle
Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media, Inc.
Carl Shapiro, ’76, PhD ’81, Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy, Haas School of Business, The University of California, Berkeley
2:15 pm Fireside Chat with Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, C3 Energy
Moderator: Erik Brynjolfsson, PhD ’91
Director, The MIT Center for Digital Business, Schussel Family Professor of Management Science, MIT Sloan School of Management
2:45 pm Coffee Break
Lobby, Ballroom Level
3:15 pm Fireside Chat with Vivek Ranadivé, ’79, SM ’80, Chairman and CEO, TIBCO Software
Moderator: Andrew McAfee, ’88, ’89, LGO ’90
Associate Director and Principal Research Scientist, The MIT Center for Digital Business
3:45 pm Panel Discussion: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Moderator: David Verrill, SM ’87 Executive Director, The MIT Center for Digital Business

Panelists:
Douglas Leone, SM ’88, Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital
Sramana Mitra, SM ’95, Founder, One Million by One Million (1M/1M)
Gokul Rajaram, MBA ’01, Product Director, Ads, Facebook
4:30 pm The Coming Industrial Revolution
Rodney Brooks, Founder, Chairman, and CTO, Rethink Robotics, Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus), MIT
5:00 pm Big Data: The Management Revolution
Andrew McAfee,’88, ’89, LGO ’90
Associate Director and Principal Research Scientist, The MIT Center for Digital Business
5:25 pm MIT’s Vision for the Digital Economy
Andrew McAfee, ’88, ’89, LGO ’90
Associate Director and Principal Research Scientist, The MIT Center for Digital Business

Erik Brynjolfsson, PhD ’91
Director, The MIT Center for Digital Business, Schussel Family Professor of Management Science, MIT Sloan School of Management
5:40 pm Closing Remarks
David Schmittlein
John C Head III, MIT Sloan School of Management
5:45 pm Cocktail Reception

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