Wednesday, February 10

Intelligent Machines (12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

What will be possible when rich data from a wealth of IoT devices travels at lightning speed over 5G networks to AI algorithms that make businesses more insightful, more agile, and more responsive to customer demands?

12:00 p.m.
Welcome Remarks

Your event host and MIT Technology Review Editor in Chief, Gideon Lichfield, will shares his opening thoughts on intelligent computing and the convergence of AI, IoT, and 5G.

12:10 p.m.
The Opportunities Made Possible by IoT and AI

We are witnessing the exponential proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, each capturing previously unmeasurable data. Learn how businesses are capitalizing on combined strengths of IoT and AI to achieve new depths of insight into their customers and their needs in order to solve problems and streamline operations.

12:50 p.m.
GPUs: The Engine Powering AI

AI algorithms are hungry, and GPUs have the power to feed them. Learn how GPU-powered machines can turbocharge AI algorithms, generating faster results and greater insight.

MIT Inside Track (1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

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1:30 p.m.
Spotlight on: AI Energy Consumption

Modern computing is fueling so much innovation, but it comes at a cost: staggering consumption of power. Hear firsthand about the architecture being built to make AI more energy efficient without sacrificing precision.

The Cloud: Now and Next (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

The cloud is the essential yet invisible backbone of commerce—connecting devices to networks, and clients to businesses. What’s the future of the cloud? What does it take to secure the cloud? And is it time for us to rethink the way we distribute cloud workloads?

2:00 p.m.
The Future of the Cloud

We’ve relied on the cloud for years – never more so than during the pandemic – and the cloud has always delivered. But as we walk into a future unknown, how will today’s steadfast and essential cloud continue to evolve? And how can you position your organization to capitalize on these advancements?

2:30 p.m.
The Internet, Reconceptualized

What is the “internet computer,” and does it have the power to challenge cloud services as we know them? Explore the possibilities of a radical rethinking, and understand how a decentralized and non-proprietary network could shake up the future of the cloud and shift the balance of power.

3:00 p.m.
Lessons from a Guardian of the Internet

What happens when an office of one thousand becomes one thousand offices of one? Hear one expert’s take on what the accelerated shift to remote work meant for cloud-based cybersecurity, and step through her bold predictions for how we must evolve to secure our data and networks moving forward.

MIT Inside Track (3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

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3:30 p.m.
Master Class in Quantum Computing

This session explores the fundamentals of quantum computing: how it works, why it’s so powerful, and where quantum computing will have its greatest impact. Just how far away are we from a day when quantum computing solves previously unsolvable problems?

Quantum Computing: Intelligent Machines of Tomorrow (4:00 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.)

The transformative potential of quantum computing is indisputable, but how close we are to realizing it? Hear from the industry leaders building and deploying tomorrow’s intelligent machines today.

4:20 p.m.
Unleashing the Power of Quantum, for Everyone

Sort through the hype to better understand the profound impact quantum computing can have on every industry and find out what new features – including trapped-ion qubits – have the potential to bring the world’s most powerful quantum computing technologies to the masses.

4:45 p.m.
Quantum Computing at the Intersection of Science, Business, and Security

The race for quantum supremacy among business competitors is one thing … but what about among nations? Learn about the groundbreaking work being pursued by the Quantum Economic Development Consortium to accelerate quantum benefits for diverse stakeholders from academia, industry, and government.

5:10 p.m.
What Does a Quantum Computer Built for Business Really Look Like?

Hear about how D-Wave’s latest quantum machine – a 5,000-qubit system – can operate as a hybrid quantum-classical system via the cloud, enabling customers like Volkswagen to put it to use speeding up factory operations and lowering costs.

After Hours with the Editors (5:40 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

Join this informal wrap-up session with the MIT Technology Review editorial team and get their reflections and insights on the day’s proceedings.

Thursday, February 11

Harnessing the Power of the Cloud (12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.)

Cloud computing technologies have the power to propel organizations toward more nimble, efficient, and secure operations. But keeping pace with cloud advancements can be nearly impossible. Glean valuable advice from today’s cloud leaders on the strategies and approaches that are allowing them to maximize the potential of the cloud.

12:00 p.m.
Hybrid Cloud + AI: A Bridge to the Future

As newly appointed CEO, Arvind Krishna is transforming IBM: moving away from infrastructure services and full speed ahead toward a future built on AI, hybrid cloud, and ultimately quantum computing. Hear about how a growth mindset informed the shift and the technologies IBM believes will help companies manage today’s complex landscape.

12:35 p.m.
Next-Gen Wireless: The Foundation of the Future

Examine the ways advanced wireless technologies, including 5G and Wi-Fi 6, accelerate and advance innovation through AI, the cloud, and the Internet of Things. Demystify this ever-evolving ecosystem and gain practical advice for outpacing competition in the era of hyperconnectivity.

12:55 p.m.
How New Networking Speeds Are Unlocking New Possibilities at the Edge
Uncover the opportunities faster network speeds are creating at the edge. Examine the interplay between innovations in the cloud, edge computing, and telecommunications; and discover how your organization can benefit from these synergies.
MIT Inside Track (1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.)

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1:15 p.m.
Spotlight on: MCUNet

Get an inside look at MCUNet, a new MIT system that brings machine learning to microcontrollers. Find out what this means for the function and security of devices (250 billion and counting) connected to the IoT.

Processing Power (1:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.)

While few of us will ever have access to the supercomputers that measure speed in teraflops per second, we have all benefited from pioneering breakthroughs as their technology filters down to commercial IT. In this section we look at the high-performance computing advances today that will power our data centers tomorrow.

1:45 p.m.
Now Entering: The Exascale Era

Assess the state of supercomputing today, and hear what scientific and societal implications await as we enter the exascale era. Explore the ways high-performance computing (HPC) and its enabling infrastructure are poised to take on some of the most complex and critical problems facing our world.

2:15 p.m.
How the Cloud is Elevating HPC’s Reach into Surprising New Spaces

New industries are capitalizing on the power of high performance computing (HPC) thanks in part to cloud advancements. Find out how leveraging the elasticity of the cloud is empowering organizations in industries from retail to financial to solve complex simulations in fraud detection, weather prediction, and more.

2:40 p.m.
Case Study: HPC for Ventilator Splitting During Covid-19

With a worldwide shortage of ventilators in the early days of the pandemic threatening lives, a team at Duke University put the power of high performance computing to work, carrying out nearly one million compute hours in a weekend. Hear the first-hand account of how they accomplished the staggering number of simulations needed to ensure safe and effective ventilator splitting capabilities, sparing physicians from making impossible choices.

MIT Inside Track (3:05 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.)

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3:05 p.m.
Master Class in High Performance Computing

Engineering materials to be used in extreme environments, like outer space or nuclear reactors, presents particular challenges that can only be solved through simulation. This session outlines CESMEX, a new research effort that aims to advance state-of-the-art predictive simulation.

Building Your Action Plan (3:35 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.)

Where do we go from here? After two days of learning about amazing technology advances and their implications, in our final session we’ll have an open discussion on how to build an action plan to capitalize on opportunities and get ahead of the competition.

3:35 p.m.
The Next Chapter: An Executive Panel

Meet the leaders with the foresight to make the right moves at the right times. Find out the strategies these senior executives are embracing and the technologies in which they are investing as they face the next chapter.

4:15 p.m.
Wrap-up