Automation and Imagination: Designing a World for 10 Billion People

Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk and David Rotman, MIT Technology Review

Andrew Anagnost in conversation with MIT Technology Review's David Rotman on the potential for more intelligent design tools to address pressing societal and economic challenges, such as accelerating more sustainable urban development.

Andrew Anagnost, President and CEO, Autodesk

Andrew Anagnost’s career spans more than 25 years of product, business, and marketing experience focused on driving strategy, transformation, and product development.

Anagnost began his career at Autodesk in 1997 and has held a wide range of roles in the areas of marketing, new business development, product management, and product development. Prior to becoming president and CEO in June 2017, he served as chief marketing officer and SVP of the business strategy and marketing organization. In this role, he served as architect and leader of Autodesk’s transition to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions provider. Previously, Anagnost held various executive positions across Autodesk. Early in his Autodesk career, he led the development of the company’s manufacturing products and grew the revenue of Autodesk Inventor to over $500 million. He has also worked at Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company and EXA.

Anagnost is a member of the Autodesk board of directors. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Northridge, and holds both an MS in engineering science and a PhD in aeronautical engineering and computer science from Stanford University. He worked at NASA Ames Research Center as an NRC postdoctoral fellow.

David Rotman, Editor at Large, MIT Technology Review

David 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.

Topics

Business Impact
How technology advances are changing the economy and providing new opportunities in many industries.

Intelligent Machines
Artificial intelligence and robots are transforming how we work and live.

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