Keynote 1 - Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Technology and Innovation in the 21st Century Digital Economy 

Abstract: We are in the early stages of a historical transition from the Industrial Economy of the past two centuries to a new kind of a 21st Century Digital Economy.  This transition is being driven by dramatic advances in digital technologies and the Internet over the past two decades, as well as the more recent advances in Big Data, analytics, and artificial intelligence.  The talk will discuss some of the key technologies that are driving this long-term transformation, including the mobile Internet, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and blockchain.  We will also explore the potential impact of these advanced technologies on the economy, society and our personal lives, including the changing nature of work and identity, security and privacy in the digital world.


Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger is a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Fellow of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and of MIT Connection Science and Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School. He retired from IBM in May of 2007 after a 37 year career with the company, where his primary focus was on innovation and technical strategy. He led a number of IBM’s companywide initiatives including the Internet, Supercomputing, and Linux. He’s been Adviser on Digital Strategy and Innovation at Citigroup, at HBO, and at MasterCard. Since 2005 Dr. Wladawsky-Berger has been writing a weekly blog,, which has also been published in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal since April of 2012. He is a Senior Fellow of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University; a Distinguished Associate of the Energy Futures Initiative; a member of the Advisory Board of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab and of AiRo Digital Labs; and a Director of the Board of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives. He was co-chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, as well as a founding member of the Computer Sciences and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. He is a former member of the University of Chicago Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratories, of the Board of Overseers for Fermilab and of BP’s Technology Advisory Council. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A native of Cuba, he was named the 2001 Hispanic Engineer of the Year. Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.


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