Technology and the Corporation
Based on the conclusions of the best-selling book by MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, The MIT Second Machine Age Conference will showcase research and technologies leading the transformation of industry and enterprise in the digital era. The astonishing pace of progress in robotics, automation, and our unprecedented access to information presents some major challenges we must be prepared to address as a society, but ultimately the impact on how we live, work, and innovate for the future ‘will be profoundly beneficial.’
Registration now open: Register Now
- ILP Member: complimentary with membership
- IDE Guest: complimentary. Please contact Justin Lockenwitz at email@example.com for discount code, if you need one.
- General Public: $1,750.00
- MIT Faculty/Student/Staff: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for discount code.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Cambridge hotel near the MIT campus.
Marriott Cambridge: Please visit Marriott reservation page to receive $285 group rate, plus local tax. Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservations must be made no later than August 11, 2014.
About the Initiative on the Digital Economy
The Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) is a major effort addressing one of the most critical issues of our time: the impact of digital technology on businesses, the economy, and society. Drawing on MIT Sloan’s strengths in technology and innovation, its internationally recognized faculty, and more than a decade of research and partnership with MIT Sloan’s Center for Digital Business, the IDE is analyzing the broad sociological changes brought about by the advance and spread of digital technology.
While digital technologies are rapidly transforming both business practices and societies and are integral to the innovation-driven economies of the future, they are also the core driver of the great economic paradox of our time. On one hand, productivity, wealth, and profits are each at record highs; on the other hand, the median worker in America is poorer than in 1997, and fewer people have jobs. Rapid advances in technology are creating unprecedented benefits and efficiencies, but there is no economic law that says everyone, or even a majority of people, will share in these gains.
Technology is advancing quickly, but organizations and skills advance slowly. What’s more, the gap between swiftly evolving technology and the slower pace of human development will grow rapidly in the coming decades, as exponential improvements in artificial intelligence, robotics, networks, analytics, and digitization affect more and more of the economy and society. Inventing effective organizations and institutions for the digital economy is the grand challenge for our time, and for MIT in particular.
For more information, please visit IDE website.