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Saturday, October 15 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Industries of the Future

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Robots, drones, and genomes, oh my! Join an all-star panel for a discussion of which industries we can expect to thrive in the future and what they will mean for job and economic growth in general and Boston in particular. Alec Ross, former senior innovation advisor to Secretary Clinton, is the author of the “riveting and mind-bending” The Industries of the Future. Beth Comstock, vice chair of business innovation at newly Boston-based GE, has responsibility for the “industrial internet,” the confluence of big data collection with traditional heavy industrial products like jet engines, power turbines, and medical devices. Harvard Business School’s Michael Porter, author of On Competition, lends his expertise about industries. Joi Ito, who heads the MIT Media Lab and is coauthor of the forthcoming Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Futures, casts a technologist’s eye on the issue. MIT’s Andrew McAfee, coauthor of The Second Machine Age, will moderate. Get in on this wide-ranging conversation with world-renowned experts. Sponsored by GE.

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Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee, a principal research scientist at MIT, studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (co-authored with Erik... Read More →

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Beth Comstock

Beth Comstock was named Vice Chair of General Electric in August 2015. In this capacity, she leads GE’s efforts to accelerate new growth and operates GE Business Innovations, which develops new businesses, markets, and service models. From 2008 to 2015, Comstock served as GE’s... Read More →
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Joi Ito

Joi Ito is an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and director of the MIT Media Lab. An early investor in web companies including Twitter, Flickr, and Kickstarter, he is an advocate for emergent democracy, privacy, and internet freedom. He holds an honorary D.Litt from The... Read More →
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Michael E. Porter

Michael E. Porter is widely recognized as the father of modern business strategy. He is a University Professor at Harvard Business School, where he is the head of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. Porter’s work applies the language of economics to corporate strategy... Read More →
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Alec Ross

Alec Ross is a leading expert on innovation. He is currently a distinguished visiting fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an advisor to investors, corporations, and government leaders to help them understand the implication of factors emerging at the intersection of geopolitics... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Old South Sanctuary