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Saturday, October 28 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Our Digital Future

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Will machines replace humans? Are our brains being colonized by tech companies? Is the pace of technological change outstripping our ability to adapt? Are we harnessing our digital future or merely surviving it? These questions crop up more and more these days, and we want answers. Jeff Howe, coauthor with Joi Ito of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future, is the program coordinator for Media Innovation at Northeastern University, a long-time contributing editor at Wired magazine, and a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab. Andrew McAfee is the codirector of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and  coauthor of the bestselling Second Machine Age. Of his new book, Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future, The Economist declared, “for an astute romp through important digital trends, (it’s) hard to beat.” They will be joined by Nicholas Negroponte, author of the classic book on the digital future, Being Digital. Bring your questions and concerns for a penetrating conversation about our digital future hosted by WBUR’s Asma Khalid, who leads BostonomixX, covering the people and companies driving the innovation economy.

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Asma Khalid

Asma Khalid is a seasoned political reporter and the leading reporter of WBUR’s BostonomiX team, which investigates business and innovation in the city. Khalid refers to herself as a “recovering NPR politics reporter”; she spent the last two years covering the 2016 election for NPR, following the campaigns across the country. She was also one of the reporters that started the NPR Politics podcast. Although she no longer covers politics, she has continued to speak and write about her experience covering the election, particularly the Trump campaign, as a Muslim woman. Earlier in her career, Khalid reported extensively on the Boston Marathon Bombing and the trial of James... Read More →

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Jeff Howe

Jeff Howe is a journalist and professor of journalism at Northeastern University. He is also a former Harvard University Nieman fellow (2009–2010). He was a longtime contributing editor for Wired magazine (where he coined the term “crowdsourcing”) and also wrote for the Atlantic. His writing has also been featured in a number of other publications, such as the Washington Post and the New York Times. His is the author of Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business, which the TImes of London called "an informed and enthusiastic guide to the new collaborative creativity." More recently, he was a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab, where he worked with the Media... Read More →
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Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee is a scientist, writer, and researcher at the forefront of exploring how the digital world impacts our present and our future. He is the codirector of the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT, as well as principal research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His 2014 book, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, coauthored with Erik Brynjolfsson, was shortlisted for... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

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