The Second Machine Age Comes to New York this Friday

MIT in NYC, April 4 2014

Just a quick note to let New Yorkers know that the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy is coming to your city this Friday, April 4.

MIT Sloan faculty, alums, and other digital movers and shakers will come together from Noon to 7 pm on Friday at the TimesCenter (I haven’t been inside the facility yet, but it looks gorgeous).

We’re almost at capacity but I’m told there are a few seats still available. If you’re interested, register here by April 1 (no fooling).

If you’re at all interested in technological progress and its implications for business, society, and economics I think you should join us. Rather than hyping the event, let me just post the agenda; I think it more than speaks for itself.

Hope to see you there!

Agenda

12:00 p.m. Registration begins
The Gallery, Main Level

12:30 p.m. Welcome Remarks
The Hall, Lower Level
David Schmittlein
John C Head III Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management

12:45 p.m. The Second Machine Age
The Hall, Lower Level
Erik Brynjolfsson, PhD ’91
Director, Initiative on the Digital Economy, Schussel Family Professor of Management Science, MIT Sloan School of Management

1:30 p.m. Coffee Break and Move Rooms
The Hall & Gallery, Main Level   

2:00 p.m. How Business Models Will Have to Change
Andrew McAfee, ’88, ’89, LGO ’90
Co-Director, Initiative on the Digital Economy, MIT Sloan School of Management

2:25 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Disruption of Everything
Moderator: Andrew McAfee, ’88, ’89, LGO ’90, Co-Director, Initiative on the Digital Economy, MIT Sloan School of Management
Panelists: George Colony, Chairman & CEO, Forrester Research, Inc.
William H. Janeway, Managing Director, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications, Warburg Pincus
Hilary Mason, Data Scientist in Residence, Accel Partners

3:10 p.m. The Science of Social Media Influence 
The Stage, Main Level  
Sinan Aral, PhD ’07, David Austin Professor of Management, Associate Professor of Information Technology and Marketing, MIT Sloan School of Management

3:35 p.m. Coffee Break  
The Hall & Gallery, Main Level 

4:05 p.m. The Social Physics of Cultural Innovation: Keeping up with the Machines
Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, PhD ’82, Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Sloan School of Management; Director, Human Dynamics Laboratory; Director, Entrepreneurship Program, MIT Media Lab

4:30 p.m. Fireside Chat with John A. Thain, SB ’77, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CIT
Moderator: Erik Brynjolfsson, PhD ’91, Director, Initiative on the Digital Economy; Schussel Family Professor of Management Science, MIT Sloan School of Management

5:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Automation and the New Mind-Machine Boundary
Moderator: Erik Brynjolfsson, PhD ’91, Director, Initiative on the Digital Economy;Schussel Family Professor of Management Science, MIT Sloan School of Management
Panelists: Zoë Baird, President, The Markle Foundation
Carl Bass, President & CEO, Autodesk, Inc.
Thad Starner, SB ’91, PhD ’99,

5:45 p.m. MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy
Erik Brynjolfsson, PhD ’91, Director, Initiative on the Digital Economy; Schussel Family Professor of Management Science, MIT Sloan School of Management
Andrew McAfee, ’88, ’89, LGO ’90, Co-Director, Initiative on the Digital Economy, MIT Sloan School of Management

6:00 p.m. Closing Remarks 
David Schmittlein, John C Head III Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management

6:05 p.m. Cocktail Reception
The Gallery, Main Level