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2014 The Second Machine Age Conference

September 10-11, 2014

Hosted by   IDEIDE

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.’

Online registration is closed. You can still register on-site at the Media Lab E14 6th Floor. Registration begins at 8:00 am on September 10, 2014 and will be open throughout the conference hours. On-site registration is on a space-available basis.

- ILP Member: complimentary with membership
- IDE Alum & Guest: complimentary. Please contact Justin Lockenwitz at jlocke@mit.edu for discount code, if you need one.
- General Public: $1,750.00
- MIT Faculty/Student/Staff: Please contact conf_admin@ilp.mit.edu for discount code.
- MIT Alum: $500
- Sloan Exec Ed Member: $500
- Professional Education Member: $500

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.


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Media Lab, Building E14
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

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