MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) are joining forces to host the 2nd annual AI and the Future of Work Congress.

Driven by an artificial intelligence revolution and new talent models, work is rapidly changing. Daily, jobs and the skills needed to be successful in the workplace are being reinvented.

With headlines like, “Will Robots and AI Take Your Job” and  “Automation Is the Greatest Threat to the American Worker, Not Outsourcing”, the future of work is uncertain and daunting for many across the globe.

Join academics, corporate leaders and public policy makers as we get to the truth behind these headlines and explore the opportunities and challenges ahead for organizations and their employees including:

  • As “thinking machines” become increasingly more capable, “what’s next” for organizations? How will AI impact everything from their overall strategy to structure?
  • Should we be worried about having sufficient jobs available to gainfully employ everyone? Or, as in past disruptions, does AI open up new opportunities for work that we have not fully considered yet?
  • What will the jobs and skills needed to be successful in the future look like?
  • How do we ensure the pathways to future economic opportunity are accessible to all?  How can we use technology as a tool to drive greater shared prosperity in the digital economy?

MIT takes as a guiding premise that addressing the social and human implications of technology should not be an afterthought. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in this important conversation.


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Stay engaged with the AI and the Future of Work Congress hosted by MIT CSAIL and the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) and join the conversation on the AI revolution! AI- artificial intelligence- is in the news almost daily. Businesses are looking for strategies to incorporate AI for efficiency and a competitive advantage. The workforce is concerned about the changes AI will bring for jobs and required skill sets. bring together thought leaders from academia, business leaders, economists and visionaries for a thoughtful dialogue on AI’s impact. Through this online forum, we hope to continue to bring together thought leaders from academia, business leaders, economists and visionaries for dialogue on how to navigate the opportunities and challenges of the “AI Revolution,” as well as gain valuable insight on ways to chart career paths across many fields impacted by the advancements in AI.

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 AI and the Future of Work Congress Agenda

7:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM


Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Schussel Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
8:45 AM

Fireside Chat

Moderator: Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Schussel Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor, Alphabet, Inc.
9:15 AM

Session 1 - A Perfect Storm: Expansion, Stagnation, Disruption

Moderator: Andrew McAfee, Co-Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management

Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, MIT
Diana Farrell, President and CEO, JP Morgan Chase Institute
Tina George, Global Co-Lead, Delivery Systems, Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice, World Bank

Major economic and technological forces are driving the economy and impacting the workforce in unprecedented ways. Despite great macroeconomic expansion, the positive effects of these forces have not impacted the workforce with commensurate gains. While technologies like artificial intelligence continue to race ahead, wage growth has essentially stagnated, and the rate of productivity growth is slowing.  In this panel, expert economists, industry leaders, and policy makers will explore this paradox and its desired resolution through the lens of three economic trends -- expansion, stagnation, and disruption.

Fireside Chat: Preparing Learners to Succeed in the A.I. Age

Moderator: Elisabeth B. Reynolds, Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future

Joseph Aoun, President, Northeastern University

Today, nearly every conversation about the future of work and the modern economy is dominated by the specter of robotics and intelligent machines. Several studies forecast that up to half of the jobs we know today will disappear over the next 20 years—and countless new jobs will be created. In his new book, “Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” Joseph E. Aoun confronts head on the need for colleges and universities to meet the challenge—and indeed the opportunity—presented by smart machines. The president of Northeastern University, Aoun will discuss his blueprint for higher education featuring three primary components: a new curriculum for the A.I. age; the case for experiential learning, the ideal delivery system for this new curriculum; and a clarion call for higher education to place lifelong learning at the heart of the educational enterprise.
10:30AM Break
11:00 AM

Video Presentation

Daniela Rus, Director, MIT CSAIL
11:15 AM


Session 2 - The AI Enabled Organization

Moderator: Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Schussel Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

Nichole Jordan, Managing Partner of Markets, Clients & Industry, Grant Thornton LLP
Sophie Vandebroek, Vice President of Emerging Technology Partnerships, IBM Corporation
Gabi Zijderveld, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Product Strategy, Affectiva

As AI is increasingly embedded throughout an organization new business strategies, organizational models and jobs are emerging while others are disappearing. Some of these changes will cause profound shifts in business strategy. This panel will examine the shift and ask:

  • What does a “thinking machine” mean for workers and organizations?
  • How will AI impact an organization’s overall strategy?
  • How will organizations use AI to increase their competitiveness?
  • What ethical challenges exist in incorporating AI systems?
12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM

Session 3 - Inclusive Work: Ensuring Prosperity in the Digital Age

Moderator: Devin Cook, Executive Producer, Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Maria Flynn, President and CEO, Jobs for the Future (JFF)
Gustavo Pierini, President and Founder, Gradus Management Consultants
Rodney Sampson, Executive Chairman & CEO, Opportunity Hub
Anjali Sastry, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management; Faculty Advisor, MIT Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship and Development; and Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

We are living in a golden era for technological innovation, but not all have access to the economic prosperity that has come with it. Despite workers actively seeking to fully participate in and profit from new educational, financial, and work opportunities, wages continue to stagnate, and inequality continues to rise. This reality is having broad ramifications on business, the economy, and society. This panel will explore:
  • What role has technology played in creating this new economic reality?
  • How can technology be used to increase shared prosperity?
  • What is the business case for using technology to increase economic opportunity and reduce inequality for people across the economic spectrum?
  • What business models and innovations are enabling greater inclusion and economic well-being?
  • Who is responsible for ensuring that prosperity is shared more widely in the digital era?
1:45 PM

Session 4 - Humans Disrupted: Skills, Training, and Leadership in the Future Workplace

Moderator: Lori Glover, Managing Director, MIT CSAIL Alliances

Fred Goff, Founder and CEO, Jobcase
Allison Horn, Managing Director, Learning & Leadership Development, Accenture
Becky Schmitt, Senior Vice President of Global People, Walmart
Dr. Jim Tracy, President, Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning

In any job a worker performs many different tasks. While some of these tasks are vulnerable to automation, many are not.  What are the jobs that are really at risk? How will increased collaboration between humans and machines work? What human roles and skills will disappear and what new ones are on the horizon? What impact will the AI revolution have on how we prepare the next generation for the future of work? What will educators and business leaders need to do to retrain the existing workforce?
2:30 PM

Keynote Address

Secretary Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development in Massachusetts
3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM


Session 5 - Future Industries and Jobs: Hybridization, Adjacency and What’s on the Horizon

Moderator: Elisabeth B. Reynolds, Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future

John Leonard, Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ryan Macpherson, Portfolio and Investment Manager, Autodesk Foundation
Karen Mills, Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School
Matt Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass Technologies

Eye-catching headlines and the more popular narrative focuses on job displacement due to technology. However, clear historical evidence indicates that technological disruption eventually creates more jobs than it destroys. But what types of jobs and for whom? Envisioning the future of work is challenging but our experience today provides insights into tomorrow. The experts in this panel will share their knowledge and vision for what the future of work will bring.

4:00 PM


Fireside Chat

In this discussion, we will discuss how to bring worker rights and interests into policy debates around digital technologies, how companies are engaging with policy-makers on this topic, and the idea of an Internet Bill of Rights.

Moderator: Thomas Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, and Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research

Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Schussel Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Congressman Ro Khanna, California’s 17th Congressional District
4:30 PM Closing Remarks

*Sessions subject to change.

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Inclusive Innovation Challenge Showcase

Introducing the 2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge Finalists
IIC HeaderPresented by the IDE, the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) awards $1,600,000 in prizes globally to organizations that are using technology to create greater shared prosperity in the digital age. Winning organizations are reinventing the future of work to address this grand challenge of our time. Twenty Regional Winners from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America — vetted from over 1,500 global registrants by in-region experts and chosen by Selection Panels at regional celebrations — will vie for $1 million at the Gala event after the Congress. These organizations represent exemplar working, scalable solutions that harness technology to include more people in the digital economy and broaden opportunity.

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