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MIT Media Lab at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024

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World Economic Forum

Monday — Friday
January 15, 2024 —
January 19, 2024

This annual meeting provides a crucial space for global business leaders to focus on the fundamental principles driving trust, including transparency, consistency, and accountability worldwide.

At the 54th Annual Meeting of The World Economic Forum, Dava Newman highlighted the MIT Media Lab's work in the Future Worlds research theme, with a focus on our Earth Mission Control project—an immersive visualization platform for multi-modal and multi-user design and data exploration. Members of the Human Dynamics, Camera Culture, City Science, and Personal Robots groups also participated in the meeting this year; some of these members will be attending the Imagination in Action event on January 17.


Featured sessions + videos

Monday, January 15, 2024

11:45am  EST
Leading Beyond Boundaries: Standardizing Tomorrow's AI Collaborations for HealthTech, PrivacyTech + GenAI
Venue
: India Engagement Center, Promenade 63, Davos, Switzerland
Speakers
Ramesh Raskar, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab
Alex 'Sandy' Pentland, Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab
Robert Mahari, Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab
Vivek Sharma, Former Postdoctoral Associate, MIT Media Lab
Abhishek Singh, Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab

2:00pm  EST
Community of Chairpersons Dinner: Navigating the Frontiers of the Space Economy SpeakerDava Newman, Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab


Tuesday, January 16, 2024

1:30am EST
IBM x BetterUp Breakfast Conversation: Supercharge performance with AI
Speakers:
Kim Slater, Chief of Staff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab
Dr. Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Research Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab

2:30am  EST
Satellites as Storytellers
Whether it is predicting poverty rates, processing extreme weather forecasts, or monitoring water quality, Earth observation (EO) data is increasingly being used by societies to better understand their ecosystem and by industries to make data-driven decisions.

For EO to scale further, it is pivotal that the technology transforms the complex datasets into easily accessible hyperlocal stories by users wherever they are.

Join this session to dive deeper into satellite-captured data for knowledge.

Public Speakers:
Zachary Bogue, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, DCVC Management Co, LLC
Dava Newman
, Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab

2:30pm  EST
Open Forum: R+D Disrupted
Disruptive and innovative technologies such as AI, open science and synthetic biology are reshaping the R+D field. As practices continue to evolve, what risks and possibilities lie ahead for R+D?

In the spirit of Davos, the Open Forum aims to stimulate dialogue among thought leaders on issues ranging from current political structures and geopolitical concerns to environmental problems, leadership challenges and the role of the arts in society. The overarching theme of the Open Forum Davos 2024 is: "From Lab to Life: Science in Action."

Public Speakers:
Shamsheer Vayalil, Founder and Chairman, Burjeel Holdings Plc
Martin Vetterli
, President, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Maria Leptin
, President, European Research Council
Magdalena Skipper
, Editor-in-Chief, Nature
Guilherme Rosso
, Global Shaper, Curitiba Hub
Dava Newman
, Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

3:00am EST
Big Questions: Impacts of Space Development + Exploration
Speakers
Kim Slater, Chief of Staff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab
Dr. Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Research Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab

9:00am  EST
Where will the Space Economy be by 2035?
Speaker
Dava Newman, Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab

9:30am  EST
Ignite Talks—Future Worlds: Dual Energy Climate Challenge
Speaker
Dr. Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Research Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab


Friday, January 19, 2024

3:30am  EST
The Purpose of Astronauts
Scientific research and first-hand experiences recanted by astronauts and cosmonauts have taught us not only how to adventure further into space but how to enhance our life on earth.

Join astronauts in a session discussing the scientific breakthroughs that have evolved during their careers and those that will be felt throughout their legacies.

Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution helps stakeholders harness the full potential of technological progress for the equitable and human-centered transformation of industries, economies, and societies. The Centre focuses on addressing the digital divide, ensuring responsible AI adoption, fostering trustworthy technology, and leveraging technology for climate adaptation.

Public Speakers:
Victoria Alonsoperez
,Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chipsafer
Soichi Noguchi, Professor, Inclusive Design Laboratory Project, The University of Tokyo
Eytan Stibbe, Founding Partner, Vital Capital Fund
Dylan Taylor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Voyager Space
Dava Newman,Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab

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Dava Newman
Director; Apollo Professor of Astronautics
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Alex 'Sandy' Pentland
Professor of Media Arts and Sciences; Toshiba Professor
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Ramesh Raskar
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences; NEC Career Development Professor
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Kent Larson
Professor of the Practice
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Kim Slater
Chief of Staff
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Minoo Rathnasabapathy
Research Engineer
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