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Andrew McAfee

Co-Founder & Co-Director of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management

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Andrew McAfee is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies how digital technologies are changing the world. In his upcoming book, “The Geek Way: The Radical Mindset Transforming the Future of Business” he reveals what Geek companies are doing differently and why it works so well. They are much more freewheeling, fast-moving, evidence-driven, egalitarian, argumentative and autonomous than their Industrial Era predecessors. As a result, they are standout performers and fierce rivals, disrupting industry after industry – and they’re just getting started.

 

Other books include “More From Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources – and What Happens Next”, “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies”, coauthored with Erik Brynjolfsson and has been both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal top ten bestseller. Another book with Brynjolfsson, “Machine | Platform| Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future”, offers an executive’s guide to succeeding during this turbulent era. These books have been translated into more than 15 languages, and McAfee and Brynjolfsson are the only people named to both the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top management thinkers and the Politico 50 group of people transforming American politics.

 

McAfee has written for publications including Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He’s talked about his work on CNN and 60 Minutes, at the World Economic Forum, TED, and the Aspen Ideas Festival, with Tom Friedman and Fareed Zakaria, and in front of many international and domestic audiences.

 

McAfee was educated at MIT and Harvard. He lives in Cambridge Massachusetts, watches too much Red Sox baseball, doesn’t ride his motorcycle enough, and starts his weekends with the NYT Saturday crossword.

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You are future-proof
Wednesday, April 17
9:00 am - 9:15 am CT
Keynote – AI 101: The Surprises of Generative AI with Andrew McAfee
Keynote, Mainstage
ChatGPT and other types of GenAI has taken us by surprise - we weren't expecting its capabilities More details to appear so soon. According to Andrew McAfee, Co-Founder & Co-Director of MIT's Initiative on the Digital Economy and principal research scientist who was named among the top 50 management thinkers in the world, GenAI is already transforming jobs and industries and delivering unprecedented creativity and productivity boosts. However, these systems still have serious flaws that need to be addressed in order for them to realize their full impact.

In this fundamentally optimistic crash course, McAfee will prime you for the following Spotlight Panel discussion on how GenAI can improve the business world and our lives, while weighing top of mind ethical concerns and considerations. Hide details
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Wednesday, April 17
9:15 am - 10:20 am CT
Keynote – Spotlight Panel: Artificial Intelligence and the Role of Humanity in HR
Keynote, Mainstage
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automation aren’t just the future of work — they’ve More details arrived and they’re just getting started. Companies are racing to unlock their full potential, and HR is very much a part of that transformation. In fact, according to Aptitude Research, 75% of companies today are moving to embed AI in their HR operating models.

Preparing for this new way of working, HR departments are focusing on ways to increase operating capacity and stretching the boundaries of traditional HR work. As with any transformative technology, this will make a few roles obsolete while creating many new jobs and opportunities, but the most profound changes will be within jobs, as AI takes over routine or repetitive tasks, leaving humans to do what they do best – create, imagine, decide, communicate, and more. In this way, AI doesn’t take work from humans — it can create a more human way of working.

In this session, you will:
  • Get a crash course in AI and generative AI tools
  • Understand what role AI can play in certain functions within HR, making employees more productive where it counts
  • How to partner with IT to mitigate risks, review issues of corporate governance / due diligence and lean on this key stakeholder group to move projects forward
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Thursday, April 18
10:50 am - 12:20 pm CT
Humans, Machines and Jobs: The Economic Upside
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While AI and machines are replacing some human jobs, more often than not they are working in tandem More details with humans to make their jobs easier. And now that machines, robots and AI have recently graduated to a place where they can speak, listen, write, understand and even empathize, such technologies are offering up profound opportunities for growth, understanding and problem solving, creating efficiencies in systems across sectors, industries and even languages. In this talk, MIT principal scientist and digital economist Andrew McAfee helps participants identify ways they can leverage AI and machines while still addressing the problem of human job losses with upskilling, retraining, incentive programs and other humanistic solutions. Hide details
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