|7:30 AM||Registration and Breakfast|
Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor, Alphabet, Inc.
||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.
Session 2 - The AI Enabled Organization
Daniela Rus, Director, MIT CSAIL
||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:
||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?
Secretary Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development in Massachusetts
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?
|4:30 PM||Closing Remarks|
*Sessions subject to change.