AI and robotics are changing the future of work. Are you ready?
June 4-5, 2018
MIT Media Lab
AI and robotics are driving rapid and radical workplace transformation across all industries, for companies large and small. These and other emerging technologies, like advanced manufacturing and AR/VR, are changing jobs ranging from manufacturing to medicine to retail.
EmTech Next will examine the technology behind these global trends and their implications for the future of work. It will delve into their potential to empower the human workforce and open up new areas of economic growth, while also exploring their unintended consequences.
How can businesses better use artificial intelligence?
How will you prepare your workforce for the jobs of the future?
What skills will be valued in this new era?
How can you stay agile and steer your career through this time of unprecedented change?
» Artificial Intelligence and its impact on businesses
» Robots as your coworkers
» The digital factory and 3-D printing
» VR/AR in the workplace
» The skill gap myth—or rethinking retraining
» Job displacement and labor disruption
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The innovators at the heart of the next wave of the digital revolution are here.
President, Northeastern University
Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial IntelligenceJoseph E. Aoun is the seventh president of Northeastern University. A leader in higher-education policy and an internationally renowned scholar in linguistics, Aoun came to Northeastern from the University of Southern California's College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, where he was the inaugural holder of the Anna H. Bing Dean's Chair. He received his PhD in linguistics and philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and advanced degrees from the University of Paris (France) VIII and Saint Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon). He has published eight books and written more than 40 articles. His latest book is Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.
Delta Electronics Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MITRegina Barzilay is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in natural language processing and applications of deep learning to chemistry and oncology. She is a recipient of the NSF Career Award, MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 recognition, a Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, and several Best Paper Awards at NAACL and ACL. In 2017, she received a MacArthur fellowship, an ACL fellowship, and an AAAI fellowship. She received her PhD in computer science from Columbia University and spent a year as a postdoc at Cornell University.
Director, Vrai Pictures
Engineering Creativity: Machines as Co-creatorsJessica Brillhart is a film director widely known for her pioneering work in virtual reality. She is the director and founder of Vrai Pictures. As Google's principal filmmaker, she was the first to field-test Google Jump. She has made a number of critically acclaimed experiences, including World Tour, Go Habs Go! Resonance, and DeepDream VR Experiments. Her work also dives into a number of important medium and media-related issues, such as disability (Beethoven's Fifth), cultural representation (Navajo Nation), and access (Conditions at Omaha: The Weather Channel in VR). Brillhart has taken the stage at Google IO, Oculus Connect, and the New Yorker TechFest and has worked as an advisor for Sundance New Frontiers and IFP. Her Medium publication The Language of VR has been used by universities, various other education programs, and creators from all over the world.
Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Automation and the Future of Work: Will This Time Be Different?Jason Furman is a professor of the practice of economic policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). He is also nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. A top economic advisor for eight years to President Obama, he served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from August 2013 to January 2017. Previously Furman held a variety of posts in public policy and research. In public policy, he worked at the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration, and also at the World Bank. In research, he was a director of the Hamilton Project and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and he has served in visiting positions at various universities, including NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy. Furman has conducted research in a wide range of areas, including fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, technology policy, and domestic and international macroeconomics. In addition to articles in scholarly journals and periodicals, he is the editor of two books on economic policy. He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University.
CEO, IAM RoboticsTom is the founder and CEO of IAM Robotics. He has over 15 years of experience in autonomous robotics. Previously, Tom worked with Carnegie Mellon University, Harris Corporation, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing, and other organizations. During his career, Tom developed autonomous systems for air, land, and sea. He built robots to compete in major competitions including the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition and the DARPA Grand Challenge. Several of Tom's robots have won in the areas of navigation, autonomy, and design. Tom also cofounded OpenJAUS, a technology company that develops software for the joint architecture for unmanned systems. OpenJAUS is the market leader in providing JAUS solutions to the defense industry. Tom holds a PhD in robotics from the University of Florida and a BS in aerospace engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, with minors in computer science and mathematics.
Digital HKS Fellow, Harvard Kennedy SchoolJenn Gustetic is a 2017-2018 digital Harvard Kennedy School visiting fellow. She is also currently the program executive for the Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She served as assistant director for open innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and is a leader in the federal open innovation community, having served as the program executive for prizes and challenges at NASA and cochair of the interagency Maker working group. She has published numerous writings on innovation in space policy and other areas, and on issues in science and technology. She holds a master's degree from MIT in technology policy and a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida.
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, MIT; Cofounder, Desktop Metal
Reimagining the Factory FloorJohn Hart is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and Mitsui Career Development Chair at MIT. Before joining the MIT faculty in July 2013 he was an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and art/design at the University of Michigan. He has PhD (2006) and SM (2002) degrees from MIT, and a BSE (2000) from Michigan, all in mechanical engineering. At MIT, John leads the Mechanosynthesis Group, which creates new machines, materials, and design principles for advanced manufacturing, including carbon nanomaterials, additive manufacturing processes, and origami-inspired materials design.
Editor in Chief, MIT Technology ReviewGideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.
Associate Professor, MITIyad Rahwan is an associate professor at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Scalable Cooperation group. A native of Aleppo, Syria, Rahwan holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is an affiliate faculty at the MIT Institute of Data, Systems, and Society. Rahwan's work lies at the intersection of computer science and the social sciences, with a focus on collective intelligence, large-scale cooperation, and the social aspects of artificial intelligence. He led the winning team in the U.S. State Department's Tag Challenge, using social media to locate individuals in remote cities within 12 hours using only their mug shots. Recently, he crowdsourced 30 million decisions from people worldwide about the ethics of AI systems. Rahwan's work has appeared in major academic journals, including Science and PNAS, and features regularly in major media outlets, including the New York Times, the Economist, and the Wall Street Journal.
Editor, MIT Technology ReviewDavid Rotman is the editor of MIT Technology Review. He supervises editorial for both the print magazine and the website. A science and business journalist, he has written extensively on chemistry, biotechnology, materials science, and environmental issues. He joined MIT Technology Review in January 1998 as a senior editor covering nanotechnology. Before joining MIT Technology Review, Rotman was managing senior editor at Chemical Week magazine in New York City, where he supervised coverage of technology, research, and environmental issues. He has a BS degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Vice President for Open Learning, MIT
The Future of EducationSanjay Sarma is vice president for open learning at MIT and leads its Office of Digital Learning, which oversees MIT OpenCourseWare and supports the development and use of digital technology for on-campus teaching and massive open online courses (MOOCs). He is also the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
A cofounder of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, Sarma developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He serves on the boards of GS1, EPCglobal, several startup companies including Senaya and ESSESS, and edX, the not-for-profit company set up by MIT and Harvard to create and promulgate an open-source platform for the distribution of free online education worldwide. He also advises several national governments and global companies.
Author of more than 75 academic papers in computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation, and CAD, Sarma is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research, including the MacVicar Fellowship, the BusinessWeek eBiz Award, and InformationWeek's Innovators and Influencers Award. He received his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, his master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.
CEO, Fetch Robotics
Affordable Robots for the Warehouse and BeyondMelonee Wise is CEO of Fetch Robotics, which is delivering advanced robots for the logistics industry. The company introduced its robot system, including Fetch and Freight, in May 2015. Before joining Fetch, Wise was cofounder and CEO of Unbounded Robotic; previously, she was manager of robot development at Willow Garage, where she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware, including the PR2 and TurtleBot. She also has extensive experience in the growth of ROS (the Robot Operating System) as a research and commercial platform. She is currently a mentor in the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator. She received bachelor's degrees in mechanical and physics engineering and a master's degree in mechanical engineering, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Senior Editor for Business, MIT Technology ReviewAs the senior editor for business, Elizabeth Woyke is focused on writing stories that explore the important question: what is the future of work when AI, automation, and on-demand services are altering how we define what a job is and who qualifies as an employee? Other areas of interest include new models for workforce training and education, how companies are increasing employee diversity and inclusion, and startups that are developing innovative workplace tools and technologies. Elizabeth began her career at Time Asia, followed by staff jobs at BusinessWeek and Forbes. More recently, she co-authored an e-book for O’Reilly Media about the gig economy and wrote a book called The Smartphone: Anatomy of an Industry, which was published in 2014.
EmTech Next 2018 Schedule
It’s not another lecture … it’s an invitation to join the conversation.
Monday, June 4, 2018
8:00Registration & Breakfast
10:30Break & Networking
12:30Lunch & Networking
3:30Break & Networking
5:30EmTech Digital Reception
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
8:00Registration & Breakfast
10:30Break & Networking
12:30Lunch & Networking
3:30Break & Networking
News + Views
Virtual-reality programming for the Winter Olympics shows there’s still a long way to go before the tech is ready for prime time.
Timnit Gebru looks around the AI world and sees almost no one who looks like her. That’s a problem for all of us.
Meet the man controlling warehouse bots from thousands of miles away.
A skilled autopilot function will make drones far more ubiquitous and useful.
Venue + Travel
June 4-5, 2018
MIT Media Lab
EmTech Next happens at the MIT Media Lab in the heart of the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Here you can't help but feel the excitement and inspiration of being at the top university in the world, surrounded by the top technology minds anywhere.
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MIT is located on the north shore of the Charles River Basin in Cambridge, MA, USA. The campus is within three miles of two major interstate highways and less than six miles from a major international airport; it is accessible via public transportation. MIT is a 15-30 minute walk from downtown Boston (depending on the weather). MIT is a 30-40 minute walk from Harvard University, which is located just up the river from MIT.
Via Public Transportation
MBTA ("The T") Subway — Take the Red Line subway to the Kendall/MIT Station.
The Media Lab is located on the Red Line at the "Kendall/MIT" stop of the subway. You can transfer to the Red Line without additional fees from any other subway line at the appropriate station. Please check the subway map at your boarding point for more detailed information.
At the Kendall/MIT stop, you will surface on Main Street in Kendall Square. Landmarks include the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop. Facing Main Street, with the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop to your back, proceed right (west) to the first traffic light. This is the intersection of Main Street and Ames Street, with Legal Seafoods on the corner. Turn left onto Ames Street. The Media Lab is about halfway down the block, the second building on the left at 20 Ames Street. It is a large, contemporary, whitetiled building. Adjacent and connected to E15 is the new Media Lab expansion building (E14); its address is 75 Amherst Street. For information on Boston's public transportation system, including maps and schedules for bus, subway, and commuter rail service, please consult the MBTA.
From Logan Airport
By Taxi — Taxi fare from the airport is about $20$25. During nonrush hour, the taxi ride will take about 15 minutes. During rush hour, the ride could take 30 minutes.
By Subway — From any terminal at Logan Airport, take the Silver Line bus to South Station. At South Station, change to the Red Line subway to Kendall/MIT (inbound toward Alewife). Under normal conditions the ride will take about 30 minutes; the fare is $2.00.
By Car — Leaving the airport, follow the signs to the Sumner Tunnel. Enter the tunnel and stay in the right lane. At the end of the tunnel, continue to stay in the right lane, start down an incline and bear to the right immediately at the sign for Storrow Drive. Take Exit 26 for Cambridge/Somerville. Follow the signs for Back Bay/Cambridge (do not take the exit for Cambridge/Somerville). Stay in the right lane and follow the signs for Storrow Drive Westbound. After you pass under the pedestrian walkbridges, change to the left lane and take the exit for 2A North. Turn right and cross the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue).
From the Massachusetts Turnpike — Exit at "Brighton/Cambridge." Follow signs to Cambridge. The Doubletree Hotel will be on your right. Go straight over the bridge into Cambridge (on River Street) and take your first right onto Memorial Drive. The Charles River will be on your right. Go straight on Memorial Drive, staying to the left and going over the overpass at the Boston University (B.U.) Bridge (past MicroCenter). Staying in the left lane, pass under the next bridge, which is the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue). The first street after that bridge, to the left, is Ames Street—but it is one way in the wrong direction. You will have to take the second left (sign says Kendall Square) onto Wadsworth Street. Take the first left onto Amherst Street. The Media Lab is at 75 Amherst Street (E14) and 20 Ames Street (E15), at the corner where Amherst Street ends at Ames Street.
From Logan Airport — Leaving the airport, take the Sumner Tunnel to 93 North. Exit right off of 93 at the Cambridge/Storrow Drive exit. When the ramp splits, bear right following signs to Storrow Drive. Exit left at the Kendall Square exit. At the traffic light, go right onto the Longfellow Bridge. Follow Main Street (Main flows into Broadway) and take a left at the second set of lights (Ames Street). The Media Lab will be on your left about a block and a half down Ames Street. Logan International Airport's Web site provides uptotheminute information on weather, construction, and traffic.
To Logan Airport — Drive away from the river on Ames Street, and make the first right onto Main Street. Follow Main Street to the Longfellow Bridge; proceed over the Longfellow Bridge. At the end of the bridge, there will be signage directing you to Route 93 South. Follow Route 93 South to the Airport exit. From Route I93: From I93, take exit 26, and follow the signs to Back Bay along Storrow Drive West, approximately 1.5 miles, to the exit for Route 2A. The exit will be on the left, just before the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue). The Charles River will be on your right. As you cross the bridge, you will be looking at MIT. At the end of the bridge, turn right on to Memorial Drive. The first street after that bridge, to the left, is Ames Street—but it is one way in the wrong direction. You will have to take the second left (sign says Kendall Square) onto Wadsworth Street. Take the first left onto Amherst Street. The Media Lab is at 75 Amherst Street (E14) and 20 Ames Street (E15), at the corner where Amherst Street ends at Ames Street.
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