7:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcome
8:45 AM

Fireside Chat

Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
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, Senior Public Sector Specialist for Digital Governance, 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 the lens of three economic trends -- expansion, stagnation, and disruption.

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

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
10:45 AM


Session 2 - The AI Enabled Organization

Moderator: Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Nichole Jordan, Managing Partner of Markets, Clients & Industry, Grant Thornton LLP

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?
11:30 AM

Video Presentation

Daniela Rus, Director, MIT CSAIL
11:45 PM Lunch
1:00 PM

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

Gustavo Pierini, President and Founder, Gradus Management Consultants
Rodney Sampson, Executive Chairman & CEO, Opportunity Hub

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 - Predicting Future Industries and Jobs, Who Wants to Work Anyway!, The Missing Middle, Reinventing the Future of Work, Jobless, Job-lite, or Jobfree?

Moderator: Elisabeth B. Reynolds, Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center

John Leonard, Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Matt Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass Technologies

Eye-catching headlines and the more popular narrative focuses on job elimination due to technology. However, clear historical evidence indicates that technology disruption eventually creates more jobs than it destroys.  We infrequently read about this perspective in the news, because envisioning the future of work is difficult.  How can we predict what jobs will be created?  How many will there be?  What payscale will be associated with them?  What new industries have we not even imagined yet?  The experts in this panel will share their vision for what the future of work will bring.

4:00 PM


Fireside Chat

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

Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Congressman Ro Khanna, California’s 17th Congressional District

4:30 PM Closing Remarks

*Sessions subject to change.