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  • How this company is making customer service calls less painful
    Published: July 19, 2017
    Outlet: Inc.
    Cogito co-founders Sandy Pentland and Joshua Feast met when Feast took a Pentland-curated seminar at MIT. Pentland's research on nonverbal social cues gave Feast the inspiration for the company.
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    The business of artificial intelligence
    Published: July 18, 2017
    Outlet: Harvard Business Review (Opinion Piece)
    MIT Sloan's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee write: "The most important general-purpose technology of our era is artificial intelligence, particularly machine learning (ML)..."
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    Achieving digital maturity: Adapting your company to a changing world
    Published: July 17, 2017
    Outlet: MIT Sloan Management Review
    Based on a global survey of more than 3,500 managers and executives and 15 interviews with executives and thought leaders, MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte's third annual study of digital business reveals five key practices of companies that are developing into more mature digital organizations...
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    Does Silicon Valley have a moral responsibility to stop developing robots?
    Published: July 16, 2017
    Outlet: TechCrunch (Video)
    One of the world's leading authorities on the economic consequences of new technology, MIT's Andrew McAfee is also co-author of the 2014 bestseller THE SECOND MACHINE AGE and the just published MACHINE, PLATFORM, CROWD.
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    New models for quality journalism from Wikitribune to crypto tokens
    Published: July 16, 2017
    Outlet: TechCrunch (Opinion Piece)
    MIT Sloan Prof. Christian Catalini writes: "Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is embarking on a new online venture that the rest of us can only hope succeeds: Creating a new business model for quality journalism..."
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    Millennials don't save for enough retirement - but Congress can help
    Published: July 16, 2017
    Outlet: The Hill (Opinion Piece)
    MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Robert Pozen writes: "To promote retirement savings, Congress should pass the Automatic Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Act, legislation that was introduced in the House in 2015, for millennials and other Americans without a retirement plan at their workplace."
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    It really is different this time for high-flying stock market
    Published: July 15, 2017
    Outlet: MarketWatch
    In his book, ADAPTIVE MARKETS: FINANCIAL EVOLUTION AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT, MIT's Andrew Lo describes aspects of the market that have changed over the past few decades, changes that should prompt a new look at the traditional investment paradigm.
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    The fatal flaw of AI implementation
    Published: July 14, 2017
    Outlet: MIT Sloan Management Review (Opinion Piece)
    Jeanne Ross is principal research scientist for MIT's Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). She writes: "With Cynthia Beath, Monideepa Tarafdar, and Kate Moloney, I've been studying how companies insert value-adding AI algorithms into their processes..."
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    What will business technology look like tomorrow?
    Published: July 13, 2017
    Outlet: The Economist
    In 2014, MIT's Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson published THE SECOND MACHINE AGE. The book was a balanced portrait of how new digital technologies were poised to improve society, even as they increased unemployment and depressed wages. In their latest work, MACHINE, PLATFORM, CROWD, the authors seek to explain the business implications behind these developments.
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    ¿Emprendedor se nace o se hace?: los expertos del MIT y entrepreneurs locales derriban los mitos
    Published: July 11, 2017
    Outlet: iProfesional.com (Argentina)
    Bill Aulet, director del Centro de Entrepreneurship Martin Trust de la escuela de negocios del Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT Sloan), es uno de los referentes de este sector que en cada oportunidad que tiene intenta convencer a los jóvenes de no abandonar sus estudios en búsqueda del éxito fácil.
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    Here's one reason why expensive stocks can continue to climb
    Published: July 11, 2017
    Outlet: MarketWatch
    “Having a large number of passive investors buying and holding index funds for the next 20 years will cause the market's value to continue to rise,” Andrew Lo, director of the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering, told MarketWatch in an interview.
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    Diseases infect people--but cyberattacks infect x-rays and MRIs machines
    Published: July 7, 2017
    Outlet: Quartz (Opinion Piece)
    MIT Sloan alum Caleb Li and MIT alum Gregory Falco write: "It's not just your credit-card information that hackers want—it's your medical records, too..."
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    The future on fast forward
    Published: July 5, 2017
    Outlet: The Wall Street Journal
    MIT Sloan's Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson's tour of the technologies that are shaping the future of business, MACHINE, PLATFORM, CROWD: HARNESSING OUR DIGITAL FUTURE, contains sights that are already familiar and others that are not.
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    The Lisbon MBA explores tech entrepreneurship during one-month immersion at MIT Sloan
    Published: July 4, 2017
    Outlet: BusinessBecause (Video)
    For four weeks in June, Lisbon MBA students experience MBA life at the world's leading technology university, with full access to MIT professors, classes, and facilities. At MIT Sloan, students study hot topics like global markets, tech innovation, and entrepreneurship.
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    Video: Preparing for the changes AI will bring to tomorrow's jobs
    Published: July 3, 2017
    Outlet: MIT Sloan Management Review (Video)
    Is artificial intelligence going to take over our jobs? George Westerman, principal research scientist at MIT's Initiative on the Digital Economy, moderated the aptly titled MIT CIO Symposium panel “Preparing for the Future of Work” to discuss this central question.
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    Finding the platform in your product
    Published: July 1, 2017
    Outlet: Harvard Business Review (Opinion Piece)
    Andrei Hagiu is a visiting associate professor of technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategic management at MIT Sloan. He and Elizabeth J. Altman write: "Five of the 10 most valuable companies in the world today—Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft—derive much of their worth from their multisided platforms (MSPs), which facilitate interactions or transactions between parties..."
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    The long - and dangerous - American path paved in gold
    Published: June 30, 2017
    Outlet: The Washington Post (Opinion Piece)
    MIT Sloan Prof. Simon Johnson writes: "What is gold? Is it the essential bedrock of fiscal prudence? Is it a political football, with fortunes and importance determined by far greater forces? Or is it a mere distraction at the margins of the global financial system — attracting a disproportionate number of scams and oddball political characters?"
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    How to make money off of the smart machine future
    Published: June 29, 2017
    Outlet: Bloomberg (Video)
    The proliferation of smart tech raises three fundamental ­questions: What is the nature of work? What does it truly mean to be human? And—let's face it—how can you make a buck off this? Those with the third question in mind will find a lot to like in the latest book by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.
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    Debt analysts keep the faith
    Published: June 29, 2017
    Outlet: The Wall Street Journal
    A positive attitude doesn't necessarily pay off. Or so one might conclude, based on a recent paper by Jacquelyn Gillette, accounting professor at MIT Sloan. The paper reviewed a series of credit analyst reports of financially distressed firms from 2006 to 2015.
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    Research shows when groups are diverse, individuals are less likely to go along with the crowd
    Published: June 29, 2017
    Outlet: Entrepreneur (Opinion Piece)
    Evan Apfelbaum is an associate professor of work and organization studies at MIT Sloan and Sarah Gaither is an assistant professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience. They compared rates of conformity in all-white groups to racially diverse groups.
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    Propel marketing rebrands as ThriveHive to stand out in noisy field
    Published: June 29, 2017
    Outlet: Xconomy
    The idea the two MIT Sloan alums [Max Faingezicht and Adam Blake] had [for ThriveHive] was to use data science and analytics software to help small business owners manage a bewildering array of online marketing options—e-mail, social media, search ads, digital promotions, and so forth.
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    MIT lessons on supply and demand in the digital age
    Published: June 29, 2017
    Outlet: Bloomberg Television (Video)
    MIT Sloan's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee discuss their new book on Bloomberg Surveillance, with a focus on how the economics of supply and demand apply to the digital age.
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    Decoding CEO pay*
    Published: June 27, 2017
    Outlet: Harvard Business Review (Opinion Piece)
    MIT Sloan Profs. Robert Pozen and S.P. Kothari write: "Each year most public companies issue reports on the pay packages of their top executives, describing how their compensation committees arrived at the numbers. These reports are part of the proxy statements sent to all shareholders, who vote on the packages..."
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    Machine over mind in a new economy
    Published: June 26, 2017
    Outlet: WBUR's On Point (Audio)
    With robots moving deeper into the American workplace—how much decision-making will we turn over to machines? MIT Sloan's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee share insights from their new book, MACHINE, PLATFORM, CROWD: HARNESSING OUR DIGITAL FUTURE.
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    Fake climate negotiations produce real impacts
    Published: June 26, 2017
    Outlet: Ars Technica
    Ars Technica dropped in on a mock climate negotiation exercise run by MIT Sloan's John Sterman—the first time they've done one of these since President Trump announced his intent to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement.
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    The $1.5 trillion business tax change flying under the radar
    Published: June 25, 2017
    Outlet: The Wall Street Journal
    The plan would raise money to help offset Republicans' corporate tax cuts and reduce a “huge bias” toward debt financing, said Robert Pozen, a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan. That bias, he said, hurts companies built around innovation, which tend to not have the physical assets that banks usually require as collateral.
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    Review: We're all behaviorists now - so what?
    Published: June 23, 2017
    Outlet: Reuters
    Invited to review a book or two on the financial crisis for an economics journal in 2011, MIT Sloan's Andrew Lo found the ones he read unsatisfying. Their gaps and inconsistencies failed to tell the full story, prompting him to extend his search. When an editor finally called time a year later, Lo submitted a review of 21 books...
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    La derrota de los pequeños
    Published: June 23, 2017
    Outlet: Forbes (México)
    En un reciente documento de trabajo presentado por el MIT Sloan, John Van Reenen y sus coautores documentan una clara tendencia global hacia la caída de la participación de las rentas del trabajo en la renta total.
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    Restoring a battered business reputation is more than PR
    Published: June 22, 2017
    Outlet: Financial Times
    MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Neal Hartman says the chief executive must admit to problems and talk about what is being done to correct them. He points to United Airlines and British Airways as examples of companies that waited too long to address bad headlines.
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    How technology-enabled 'selves-improvement' will drive the future of personal productivity
    Published: June 21, 2017
    Outlet: TechCrunch (Opinion Piece)
    Are better bots and smarter software servants truly the best way to drive people's personal productivity? Michael Schrage is a research fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) and MIT Sloan, and author of THE INNOVATOR'S HYPOTHESIS.
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    Bay Area CIO of the Year Private Company winner Vidya Phalke: 'Cloud-first' approach helps connect all stakeholders
    Published: June 21, 2017
    Outlet: San Francisco Business Times
    An interview with MIT Sloan alum Vidya Phalke, who led MetricStream's cloud transformation to address the needs of its customers, suppliers and employees as CTO.
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    There's one question you must ask before solving any problem (it's also the most underrated management skill)
    Published: June 20, 2017
    Outlet: Inc.
    MIT Sloan Prof. Nelson Repenning says this skill is the best way to enhance individual and organizational problem-solving...
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    Simulating the future of climate policy
    Published: June 20, 2017
    Outlet: NPR's WCAI
    In the two and a half weeks since President Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, there's been a lot of speculation about how the rest of the world will respond, and whether they can address climate change without the US on board. MIT Sloan's John Sterman plans to test exactly this idea with a simulation this Thursday.
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    MIT Sloan essay prompt 2017-2018
    Published: June 19, 2017
    Outlet: Clearadmit
    MIT Sloan has just posted its 2017-2018 essay prompt. An encore of last year’s change, the MIT Sloan application is foregoing the traditional essay requirement in favor of a cover letter and résumé. New this year, however, is the addition of a brief video statement.
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    Augmentation versus automation: AI's utility in the workplace
    Published: June 19, 2017
    Outlet: MIT Sloan Management Review
    On May 23, 2017, MIT Sloan hosted the 14th annual CIO Symposium: “The CIO Adventure: Now, Next and… Beyond.” The one-day event brought senior IT executives together to discuss key technologies, including IoT, AI, blockchain, big data, DevOps, cloud computing, and cybersecurity. This series highlights insightful sessions from the event.
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    ¿Pueden los mercados y los economistas vencer el cáncer?
    Published: June 17, 2017
    Outlet: Clarín (Argentina)
    “El cáncer nos toca a todos”. La frase no pertenece a un oncólogo sino a un economista, Andrew Lo, estadounidense, economista y profesor reconocido de MIT, Cambridge. En su último libro, Mercados adaptables: la evolución financiera a la velocidad del pensamiento, Lo expone una idea para encontrar una cura al cáncer: conformar un megafondo billonario que financie proyectos de investigación.
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    Why John Flannery's leadership could be a win for GE
    Published: June 15, 2017
    Outlet: Fortune (Opinion Piece)
    Hal Gregersen is executive director of the MIT Leadership Center and a senior lecturer in leadership and innovation at MIT Sloan. He writes: "With the news this week that Jeff Immelt is stepping down as CEO of GE and John Flannery is stepping up to the job, plenty of people are asking: What will Immelt's departure mean for GE's performance?"
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    New data analysis method merges previous study results
    Published: June 15, 2017
    Outlet: Information Management (Opinion Piece)
    MIT Sloan Prof. Hazhir Rahmandad writes: "There is a common problem often associated with managing data across scientific disciplines. As the stock of information rapidly grows through scientific discoveries, a major data management challenge emerges as data professionals try to tap prior research findings..."
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    It's time to stop blaming poor people for the financial crisis
    Published: June 15, 2017
    Outlet: The Washington Post
    A new paper co-authored by MIT Sloan Prof. Antoinette Schoar shows that the share of Americans owning homes increased the most among the well off, while that share actually declined among the poor.
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    A new b-school startup reinvents the MBA experience
    Published: June 15, 2017
    Outlet: Poets & Quants (Video)
    Long-time MIT Sloan Prof. Charles Fine is the founding President and Dean of the Asia School of Business. He literally took a blank sheet of paper and, with no legacy or politics, crafted the shape of what he believes is an ideal MBA program for the times.
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    When artificial intelligence is bad news for the boss
    Published: June 13, 2017
    Outlet: Financial Times
    Albert Einstein is supposed to have said: “Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.” That advice, quoted in MACHINE, PLATFORM, CROWD, is well followed by MIT authors Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson in their latest business book, which tries to make sense of the “technology surge” that is bewildering so many executives.
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    Pizza proffer punctures privacy protection, prompts pals' perfidy
    Published: June 13, 2017
    Outlet: The Register (UK)
    In "Digital Privacy Paradox: Small Money, Small Costs, Small Talk," a paper published Monday through the National Bureau of Economic Research, authors Susan Athey, Christian Catalini and Catherine Tucker explore the disconnect between what people say about privacy and what they do.
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    MIT Accelerator Program underway
    Published: June 13, 2017
    Outlet: NECN (Video)
    The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship has launched tens of thousands of companies that have generated hundreds of billions in annual revenues. Bill Aulet, managing director, joins NECN to talk about the center.
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    Lead(H)er: Vanessa Kafka, VP of Product Management at KAYAK
    Published: June 13, 2017
    Outlet: VentureFizz
    After four years at E&Y, Vanessa Kafka decided to attend MIT Sloan full-time to further her professional development and explore her interest in tech and business. The education at Sloan is driven by a hands-on approach to coursework through research projects, so Kafka started working on a project with a taxi hailing startup in the UK called Hailo.
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    Transforming today's bad jobs into tomorrow's good jobs
    Published: June 12, 2017
    Outlet: Harvard Business Review (Opinion Piece)
    Zeynep Ton is an adjunct associate professor in the operations management group at MIT Sloan and Sarah Kalloch is a research affiliate at MIT Sloan. They write: "All eyes are on the future of work and the impact that automation and machine learning will have on U.S. jobs..."
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    'Skenirali smo ljudski mozak i otkrili - kreditne kartice nam otvaraju apetite za kupnju'
    Published: June 11, 2017
    Outlet: JutarnjiLife (Croatia)
    Psihologija, ekonomija i neuroznanost. Te naizgled vrlo različite znanosti u svojoj izvanrednoj karijeri odlično povezuje Dražen Prelec, jedan od najuspješnijih hrvatskih znanstvenika u svijetu na području društvenih znanosti...
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    U.S. business schools embrace 'fintech' as students clamor for courses
    Published: June 9, 2017
    Outlet: Reuters
    "There is no ready-made teaching material that you can put together," Antoinette Schoar, a professor of finance at MIT Sloan, said in an interview. "You have to try your own curriculum or develop real life cases."
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    How AI and machine learning are helping drive the GE digital transformation
    Published: June 7, 2017
    Outlet: Forbes (Opinion Piece)
    "The GE transformation is an effort that is still in progress, but one which is increasingly looking like a success story, as chronicled in the 2016 MIT Sloan Management Review story 'GE's Big Bet on Data and Analytics,'" write Randy Bean and Thomas H. Davenport. Davenport is a research fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.
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    Trump cited MIT climate data. Not so fast, researchers say
    Published: June 6, 2017
    Outlet: The Boston Globe
    John Sterman, an MIT researcher who works to analyze climate change scenarios, and Andrew Jones, a researcher with Climate Interactive, said their analysis shows that the current country level pledges under the Paris agreement would reduce the planet's warming by the year 2100 down from 4.2 degrees Celsius to 3.3 degrees Celsius, or nearly a full degree.
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    This is your brain on stocks
    Published: June 3, 2017
    Outlet: MarketWatch (Opinion Piece)
    MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo writes: "Ever since I was a graduate student in economics, I've been struggling with the uncomfortable observation that economic theories often don't seem to work in practice..."
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    2017 Best EMBAs: Sharon Pian Chan, MIT Sloan
    Published: June 2, 2017
    Outlet: Poets & Quants for Executives |
    Poets & Quants included MIT Sloan's Sharon Pian Chan in their list of 2017 Best EMBAs. She is a “Seattleite Californian Asian American woman truth teller writer child of immigrants and refugees,” and currently VP of Innovation, Product & Development at The Seattle Times.
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    Interview: MIT's John Sterman and Wharton's Eric W. Orts on US withdrawal from Paris Agreement
    Published: June 1, 2017
    Outlet: Sirius XM Radio's Knowledge@Wharton (Audio)
    MIT Sloan's John Sterman and Wharton's Eric W. Orts discuss the negative impact of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.
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    Interview: Andrew Lo, MIT Sloan School of Management
    Published: June 1, 2017
    Outlet: Investment & Pensions Europe Magazine
    An interview with MIT Sloan Prof. Andrew Lo. His new book, ADAPTIVE MARKETS, seeks to reconcile “the apparent contradictions between the academic perspective of rational markets and the behavioural evidence to the contrary” into a consistent theory about how markets work, and why they can fail.
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    Financial regulation calls for 20/20 vision
    Published: June 1, 2017
    Outlet: Bloomberg View (Opinion Piece)
    Simon Johnson, who served as chief economist at the International Monetary Fund in 2007 and 2008, is a professor of entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan. He and Antonio Weiss write that weakening the Financial Stability Oversight Council will raise the odds of another crisis.
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    Why we shouldn't fear that artificial intelligence will steal our jobs
    Published: May 31, 2017
    Outlet: MarketWatch (Opinion Piece)
    Simon Johnson, a former chief economist of the IMF, is a professor at MIT Sloan and a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Jonathan Ruane teaches the global business of artificial intelligence and robotics at MIT Sloan.
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    Why AI will force businesses to rethink balance between the work of humans and machines
    Published: May 31, 2017
    Outlet: TechRepublic (Video)
    Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), and Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist and co-director at the MIT IDE, have a new book out in June, MACHINE, PLATFORM, CROWD: HARNESSING OUR DIGITAL FUTURE.
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    2017 MIT CIO Symposium in photos: A SearchCIO snapshot
    Published: May 31, 2017
    Outlet: TechTarget's SearchCIO
    The theme at this year's MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Cambridge, was all about "the CIO adventure." To help ensure a CIO's adventure is as minimally hazardous as possible, top CIOs and IT executives gathered at MIT's annual event to share their digital successes and pitfalls, and to offer best practices for competing in the digital economy.
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    How globalization sunk many Americans deeper in debt
    Published: May 30, 2017
    Outlet: MarketWatch (Opinion Piece)
    Erik Loualiche, assistant professor of finance at MIT Sloan, writes: "Even as U.S. policy makers continue to debate the relative advantages and drawbacks of globalization, it's abundantly clear that international trade is not the benevolent force it was once thought."
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