The theme of the 2014 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is inspired by The Second Machine Ageco-authored by MIT Sloan’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. This New York Times Best Seller makes it clear that a revolution is under way. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to information and data that will bring brand new industries to the forefront of our economy.
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Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professionals of all kinds – from CIOs to truck drivers – will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. A fundamentally optimistic book, The Second Machine Age will alter how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress. The Academic Keynote Panel will give you a head start.
Academic Keynote Panel: Are You Ready for the Shifting Frontier of Mind and Machine?
Self-driving cars, Jeopardy! champion supercomputers, 3D printing, and a variety of useful robots have all burst on the scene in the past few years. They contribute to the impression that we are at an inflection point—a bend in the curve—where many technologies that used to be found only in science fiction are becoming everyday reality. But this is just a small indication of what is to come. This panel will discuss what you need to understand about the nature of technological progress in the era of digital hardware, software, and networks. Are you ready?
Join MIT Sloan Professor Erik Brynjolfsson as he explores the changing frontier of mind and machine with three of the world’s leading academics in automation and robotics, big data and social physics, and the future of work.
Professor John Leonard, MIT CSAIL
Professor Sandy Pentland, MIT Media Lab
Professor Tom Malone, MIT Sloan