MIT Sloan Fellows Blog

MIT Sloan Fellows, alumni, and faculty put themselves in situations around the world where they believe they can have the most impact—and dig in to uncover truth in uncertainty, reason in chaos, and tackle the tough challenges from refreshingly new vantages.

The light and shade of AI

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 3, 2018

How much artificial intelligence (AI) can you pack into a Manhattan apartment? How much could it improve your life? When digital expert Pieter Nel, SF ’14, moved into his new place in 2017, he decided to find out. His Amazon Alexa is now fully networked with the space, and he controls everything from the lights to the Roomba vacuum cleaner with voice commands. “The technology has come a long way,” Nel says, “but it still has a long way to…
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What do we [really] want from technology?

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 3, 2018

Erik Brynjolfsson, Schussel Family Professor of Management and director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Andrew McAfee, principle research scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business, urge us to move beyond questions of what technology will do to us and instead ask: What do we want to do with technology? What matters more than ever before, they say, is thinking deeply about what we want the future to be. Having more choices means that our values…
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Generative design is changing our relationships with machines

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 2, 2018

When we suspend our fears and fantasies of robotic minds replicating or surpassing our own, we increase the likelihood of turning the differences between human intelligence (HI) and AI into productive collaborations. The resulting whole could be much greater than the sum of the parts—a whole that offers a compelling counterpoint to the zero-sum scenarios many technology pessimists envision. The revolutionary Live Parts™ software in development at Desktop Metal may foreshadow ways in which we will relate to artificial intelligence…
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AI can forge richer human-to-human interactions

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on April 2, 2018

In the digital marketplace, online chat has become a key asset to consumers and companies alike, allowing sales personnel to help customers make decisions and resolve issues in real time. Enter Vee24. This young AI startup has created a service that could soon make basic online chat feel as primitive as a phone tree. Priya Iyer, SF ’05, CEO and Chair of Vee24, says that old-style customer service is not going to cut it any longer with a burgeoning number…
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Those who have control over their days are happiest at work

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on March 27, 2018

Who is happiest at work and why? The 2017 United Nations World Happiness Report includes a chapter on workplace wellbeing prepared by MIT Sloan PhD student George Ward, a researcher at the Institute for Work and Employment Research, and his University of Oxford coauthor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve. The results were eye-opening for governments and organizations, which are increasingly using happiness barometers to guide their policy decisions. Ward and De Neve found that levels of subjective wellbeing vary greatly around the…
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Digital solutions for Africa: The 2018 MIT Sloan Africa Innovate Conference convenes at the MIT Media Lab April 7

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on March 12, 2018

Africa. In many ways it has a long way to travel to compete as a peer in the contemporary global marketplace. But from another perspective, the population is highly motivated to find solutions to crippling problems and incentivized to reinvent those systems that are barriers to progress. The MIT Sloan Africa Innovate Conference is an annual touchstone for just how far Africa has come and where it goes next. “Digitization for Inclusive Growth” is the theme of the 2018 conference,…
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