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    Join us for The On Demand Economy Conference on March 15th, 2016

    The On Demand or “Gig” Economy has grown dramatically in the last five years and disrupted a number of industries, from transport to stay to storage to logistics. How large is this new sector of the economy? What are the implications for workers? Are public policy makers focusing on the right regulations? To address these critical questions, we have brought together leaders from industry, academia, and policy to discuss and debate these issues. Seating is limited. For more information and to register, please visit The On Demand Economy Conference


    Analyzing Our Digital World

    The Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) is a major effort focused on 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.




The On Demand Economy Conference

When: March 15th, 2016


MIT CIO Symposium

When: May 18th, 2016


IDE Annual Conference

When: May 19th, 2016

  • Leadership

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    New Thinking for a New Era

    Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee, Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, and Sinan Aral lead the IDE, working together with a team of researchers to bring decades of ground-breaking scholarship on technology and the economy to bear on the challenges of today’s digital revolution.