Erik Brynjolfsson

Technology, E-Commerce and Productivity Expert. MIT Professor of Information Technology

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    Erik Brynjolfsson

    Technology, E-Commerce and Productivity Expert. MIT Professor of Information Technology

    Speaker Fee Range: Please inquire for fees

    Travels From: USA

    Erik Brynjolfsson is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    Erik Brynjolfsson Speaker Biography

    Erik Brynjolfsson is the Schussel Family Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

    Professor Brynjolfsson is on the academic advisory board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Time Magazine’s Board of Economists. He is co-principal investigator on several grants by the National Science Foundation to study Information Technology, Organizational Transformation and Productivity.

    At MIT, Professor Brynjolfsson teaches courses on the Economics of Information and on Information Technology and Organizations. He also lectures and consults worldwide for public and private organizations. His research and teaching focuses on three questions: How can information technology transform the structures of markets and firms? What is the impact of information technology investments on productivity and business value? How does the Internet affect commerce in general and information goods in particular?

    Erik Brynjolfsson’s work has been recognized with nine “Best Paper” awards from fellow academics and five U.S. Patents. He is frequently cited in the business press, and was named one of five “E-Business Visionaries” by BusinessWeek and one of the two most influential academics by Optimize magazine.

    Before joining the MIT faculty, Erik Brynjolfsson co-founded and directed a software development and consulting firm and taught two of the first courses on Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge-based Systems at Harvard University.

    Erik Brynjolfsson Keynote Topics

    In this presentation, Brynjolfsson combines his earlier thesis on the advent of the second machine age with further research on the effects of digital platforms and a limitless abundance of data to paint a full picture of the “new economy,” and how to harness its power rather than be sunk by change. He explains how the technologies that will evolve our abilities is already here and will radically accelerate in the next few years. But, just as businesses were slow to adapt to new technologies like electricity, many leaders today are trapped by outdated assumptions, processes and strategies.

    According to Erik Brynjolfsson, the world’s foremost expert on how rapid advances in technology will impact businesses and the economy, machine learning (ML) has evolved to the point at which intelligent agents, autonomous robots and other devices can learn to do things on their own, with little or no need for human programming. This will have radical consequences, as advancements in AI over the next decade will far exceed all the developments of the past.

    This talk builds on his best-selling book, “The Second Machine Age,” but also goes well beyond it, drawing on recent advances in machine learning. Brynjolfsson focuses on how entrepreneurs and business managers must address and react to this new wave of technology.

    At many stages in human history, rapid and far-reaching technological change has prompted social upheaval and the need for an overhaul of political and social systems. We are now in the midst of one such stage, according to Erik Brynjolfsson. Machine learning has taken artificial intelligence (AI) to a new level, one in which machines can learn complicated tasks on their own rather than relying on human programmers. The impact on society has only just begun, with humans being displaced in industries across the board – even technology jobs are under threat due to devices’ ability to program themselves. The second wave of the second machine age, as Brynjolfsson calls it, poses a dilemma for policymakers: if the old model based on a general availability of work at all skill levels is quickly becoming antiquated, what will replace it?

    Erik Brynjolfsson Speaking Videos

    Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines
    Erik Brynjolfsson - the impact of advances in Machine Learning on the workforce