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2014 The Second Machine Age Conference

September 10-11, 2014

Day 2: Thursday, September 11, 2014

8:00 - 8:30

Registration and Light Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45

Welcome and Introduction

Impact of Instant Information

8:45 - 9:30

Keynote #5: Social Dynamics of Instant Information

Data access of unprecedented scope through global mobile and social networks is transforming societies. The potential benefits for better understanding nearly any aspect of our world — language, politics, economics, public health, etc., — are immense but so are the obstacles raised by concerns over privacy, anonymity, and ownership. Understanding the social dynamics of data sharing is imperative for fully and responsibly exploiting instant information.

9:30 - 10:00

The Science of Social Media Influence

Understanding peer influence in networks is critical to designing effective marketing and promoting positive social change, but several statistical challenges make it difficult to econometrically identify peer influence in networks. The results of some large-scale experiments investigating the social and structural moderators of peer influence in networks could enable more effective marketing strategies and public policy more broadly.

10:00 - 10:30

Big Data, Value, Complexity and Culture

Big data can be used for more than improving targeted marketing campaigns. Three big data visualization engines created by the MIT Media Lab's Macro Connections group, the Observatory of Economic Complexity, DataViva, and Pantheon, use big data to create comprehensive and compelling visualizations that improve our understanding of the development of economies and cultural production.

10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:45

Keynote #6: The (Substantial and Positive) Digital Transformation of Society

Before the Internet, things moved in relatively slow and somewhat predictable ways. After the Internet, unpredictability reigned and everything was disrupted. In this After-Internet world, innovators are engineers and designers, and you don't need money or MBAs pre-launch. It is a world where the Internet is not just a technology but a philosophy of permission-less innovation. After-Internet success requires rethinking our approach to innovation, favoring practice over theory, compasses over maps, and risk over safety.
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11:45 - 12:30

Keynote #7: Initiative on the Digital Economy

The Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) is a major effort focused on 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 following the advance and spread of digital technology.


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* All schedule and speakers are subject to change without notice.