CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- How will science and technology impact the human body, mind, and society in the 21 st century?
On December 3, 2016, the inaugural Future of People conference will explore this increasingly important question by providing a platform for scientists, technologists, designers, entrepreneurs, futurists and the broader community to discuss the challenges of humanity entering into the digital age. The conference was created and organized by a team of students from the MIT Sloan School of Management in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, where the day-long event will be held. Its centerpiece will be a FastForwardChallenge, which will invite participants to envision and build scenarios of how human work, health, food, mobility, and energy will look 40 to 50 years from now and beyond. "Future of People intends to create a community of forward-thinking innovators and global citizens. This conference gives us a great opportunity to ask the bigger questions about technology's effect on humanity, to bridge the gap between generations, to identify and tap unconventional talent, and also to empower a new kind of leaders capable of enabling inclusive innovation," says Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT Sloan Professor and Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, a strong supporter of the conference. This journey will kick off with thought-provoking keynotes, Q&As and workshops led by visionary thinkers from academia, industry, and the public and social sectors responsible for the breakthroughs shaping our future. The audience will enjoy a front row seat to the " Renaissance 2.0" and get to question new frontiers—and the consequence—for us as individuals, professionals, and citizens. Later that day, participants of the FastForward Challenge will share their futuristic scenarios. For example, "Are computers going to outsmart us?" "Are women still going to have babies in the future?" "What if we do not age or die anymore?" They will tell their story to the audience and a committee of renowned future-thinkers led by Eric Weinstein, Managing Director of Thiel Capital. "Great leaders have one thing in common: the ability to envision the future, so they can make it happen," says Léa Peersman Pujol, Future of People Founder and MBA '17 at MIT Sloan.