Old South Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
A discussion of which industries we can expect to thrive in the future and what they will mean for job and economic growth in general and Boston in particular. Alec Ross, former senior innovation advisor to Secretary Clinton, is the author of the “riveting and mind-bending” The Industries of the Future. Beth Comstock, vice chair of business innovation at newly Boston-based GE, has responsibility for the “industrial internet,” the confluence of big data collection with traditional heavy industrial products like jet engines, power turbines, and medical devices. Harvard Business School’s Michael Porter, author of On Competition, lends his expertise about industries. Joi Ito, who heads the MIT Media Lab and is coauthor of the forthcoming Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Futures, casts a technologist’s eye on the issue. MIT’s Andrew McAfee, coauthor of The Second Machine Age, will moderate.