AI and the Future of Work, Q&A

Iyad Rahwan, MIT and Elizabeth Woyke, MIT Technology Review

Iyad Rahwan in conversation with MIT Technology Review's Elizabeth Woyke.

Iyad Rahwan, Associate Professor, MIT

Iyad 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.

Elizabeth Woyke, Senior Editor for Business , MIT Technology Review

As 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.


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