Computing, but not as you know it

December 2 & 3, 2019
Cambridge, MA

The fundamental nature of computing is changing. AI, neuromorphic chips, edge computing, 5G, quantum computing, and the internet of things are making it possible to solve problems in entirely new ways and unleash new business opportunities. But they could also create new security risks or even move the balance of geographical power.

Future Compute will prepare you to understand these trends and how they will affect your industry. After all, computing today isn't just hardware and software—it's everyware.

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Future Quantum

December 3, 2019

The business of quantum

An executive overview on quantum computing and its implications for business in the future. Industry and academic experts will examine the current state of quantum computing, initial applications of the technology and opportunities for future disruption. This primer will prepare you for the quantum state change ahead.

Topics to include:

  • A Quantum Primer
  • The state of quantum computing technology
  • Key milestones expected in the next 5 years
  • Security in the Quantum Age
  • Where to watch for early advancements and game-changers by industry
  • Quantum opportunities for startups
  • Preparing a quantum workforce

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At Future Compute, MIT Technology Review offers a curated executive summary of the computing landscape, tailored to decision-makers across all industries. We’ll examine the technologies that are poised to disrupt business over the next 24 months and decipher the risks and opportunities.

Topics will include:

  • IoT and 5G connectivity
  • Next-generation interfaces
  • Workforce skill requirements
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • Edge Computing
December 2, 2019

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Don Anderson

Senior Vice President, ERP Program Executive, and Chief Information Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Lindsey Anderson

Chair, MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

Alan Baratz

EVP of R&D and Chief Product Officer, D-Wave

David Blodgett

Chief Scientist, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Thierry Botter

Head of Airbus Blue Sky, Airbus

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau

CEO and Publisher, MIT Technology Review

Mark Cupta

Partner, Prelude Ventures

Mike Davies

Director of Neuromorphic Computing Lab, Intel

Roberta Faux

Director of Advanced Cryptography, BlackHorse Solutions

Rohit Ghai

President, RSA

Marissa Giustina

Senior Research Scientist, Google

Amy Greene

Graduate Student, MIT

Jacob Grose

Investment Manager, BASF Venture Capital

Karen Hao

AI Reporter, MIT Technology Review

James Hardiman

Partner, DCVC

Patrick Howell O’Neill

Senior Editor for Cybersecurity, MIT Technology Review

Dan Huttenlocher

Dean, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

Blake Johnson

Delivery Lead IBMQ, IBM

Adriana Karaboutis

Group Chief Information and Digital Officer, National Grid

Jim Keller

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Silicon Engineering Group, Intel

Simon Knowles

Founder and CTO, Graphcore

Alan Lee

Corporate Vice President and Head of Advanced Research, AMD

Tom Leighton

CEO and Cofounder, Akamai Technologies

Gideon Lichfield

Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Christopher Monroe

Cofounder and Chief Scientist, IonQ; Distinguished University Professor and the Bice Zorn Professor of Physics, University of Maryland

William Oliver

Principal Investigator, Engineering Quantum Systems Group, MIT

John Prisco

CEO and President, Quantum Xchange

Parthasarathy Ranganathan

Distinguished Engineer, Google

Ramesh Raskar

Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab

Thomas Reardon

CEO Emeritus, CTRL-labs, Facebook Reality Labs

Antonio Regalado

Senior Editor for Biomedicine, MIT Technology Review

Michael Reilly

Executive Editor, MIT Technology Review

David Rotman

Editor at Large, MIT Technology Review

Christopher Savoie

CEO and Cofounder, Zapata Computing

Robert Schoelkopf

Cofounder and Chief Scientist, Quantum Circuits; Sterling Professor of Applied Physics and Physics, Yale University

Catherine Schuman

Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Max Shulaker

Professor, MIT

Robert Solis

Chief Information Officer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Krysta Svore

General Manager of Quantum Software, Microsoft

Max Versace

Cofounder and CEO, Neurala

Giorgos Zacharia

Chief Technology Officer, KAYAK

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

A welcome from MIT Technology Review’s editor in chief.

Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

9:15 a.m.

Moore’s Law and the Future of Computing

Moore’s Law continues to fuel innovation, resulting in increased scale and complexity. How can abstraction at this level empower powerful and efficient compute?

Jim Keller, Intel
Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

9:45 a.m.

New Materials for a New Computing Era: Carbon Nanotube Chips

Semiconductors made from rolled up sheets of atom-thick carbon could run faster and consume less energy than silicon ones, but they are challenging to manufacture. Here we look at new advances that aim to propel the technology into the mainstream.

Max Shulaker, MIT
Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

10:10 a.m.


10:40 a.m.

Processing Power for Modern AI

Startups and chip makers are developing new types of processors specifically for AI and machine learning. Hear about new “intelligence processing units” that enable the massively parallel processing required by modern AI applications.

Simon Knowles, Graphcore
Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

10:55 a.m.

Brain-Inspired Computing

By mimicking the neural systems of the human brain, neuromorphic computing aims to turbocharge AI applications and to operate at a fraction of the power required by conventional chips. Is this radical departure from conventional computing the future of AI?

Catherine Schuman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

11:10 a.m.

AI and Computing Roundtable

Simon Knowles, Graphcore
Catherine Schuman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

11:25 a.m.

Controlling Computers with Neural Interfaces

Using a novel new approach, it is now possible to control computer input with neural interfaces – no brain implants required. Hear about the practical impact of controlling devices with the nervous system and the impacts this technology will have on the design of future human-computer interaction.

Thomas Reardon, Facebook Reality Labs
Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review

11:50 a.m.

AR in Action – Augmented Surgeons

Through the use of AR, AI, and sensors, it is becoming possible to make the invisible visible, in real time. This session explores new thoughts on the use of AR and AI in the surgical theater as a tool for IA - intelligence augmentation, where AR becomes not just a display device, but a sensing device.

Ramesh Raskar, MIT Media Lab
Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review

12:15 p.m.

Brain-Computer Interfaces

As computing power evolves, new ways of interacting with systems are emerging, turning human sensory experiences into viable computing interfaces. How effective are today’s interfaces and what might the future hold?

David Blodgett, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review

12:40 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

1:40 p.m.

The Future of Neuromorphic Computing - Presented by Intel

AI has provided computers with near-human levels of data perception, and neuromorphic computing aims to take this a step further – chips directly inspired by biological neural circuits so they can process new knowledge, adapt, and learn in real time at low power levels. This technology has advanced rapidly in recent years and, today, Intel’s Loihi neuromorphic research chip has a growing body of quantitative results demonstrating outperformance versus conventional architectures. The results point to compelling scaling trends, as these systems are scaled up to millions of neurons, providing a roadmap for future breakthroughs in AI. This session shares the latest progress from Intel’s neuromorphic research: algorithmic innovations, community-wide collaboration, and emerging real-world applications from gesture recognition to robotic control to monitoring power grids and more.

Mike Davies, Intel
Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, MIT Technology Review

2:00 p.m.

How to Stay on the Leading Edge of Edge Computing

With the rise of AI, IoT, and 5G technology, edge computing promises to address concerns with latency, bandwidth costs, security, and privacy. Understand how its rise will impact a variety of intelligent applications, like autonomous vehicles, AR/VR, personalized health care, and smart factories.

Tom Leighton, Akamai Technologies
Michael Reilly, MIT Technology Review

2:15 p.m.

The Future of Cloud Computing in our Connected, Distributed World

Growing volumes of data, smarter edge devices, and new, diverse workloads are causing demand for computing to grow at phenomenal rates. How do you respond to the current opportunities, exponentially increasing compute capacity at a fixed cost? In what ways are hardware and software converging? And what are the innovations and trends on the horizon that will shape the future computing landscape?

Parthasarathy Ranganathan, Google
Michael Reilly, MIT Technology Review

2:30 p.m.

Securing the Digital Frontier: The Never-Ending Challenge of Cybersecurity

More massive data thefts. Ransomware attacks that lock down computers in cities and businesses. Software that targets safety systems. The litany of cyber threats we face gets ever longer—and more frightening. As we consider the future of computing, how can we make it more secure by design? And what else should we be doing to tackle the hacking plague?

Rohit Ghai, RSA
Michael Reilly, MIT Technology Review

2:45 p.m.

Roundtable Q&A

Tom Leighton, Akamai Technologies
Parthasarathy Ranganathan, Google
Rohit Ghai, RSA
Michael Reilly, MIT Technology Review

3:05 p.m.

Preparing the Future Digital Workforce

From evolving technology to the preservation of our social conscience, it will take a combined effort to educate, train, and normalize the workforce of the future.

Dan Huttenlocher, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing
David Rotman, MIT Technology Review

3:25 p.m.


3:55 p.m.

Preparing for the New Computing Landscape: A CIO Roundtable

In every industry, technology is now a critical driver of success and the fundamental nature of computing is changing. AI, neuromorphic chips, edge and cloud computing, 5G, quantum computing, and the Internet of Things are making it possible to solve problems in entirely new ways and unleash new business opportunities. Here’s how senior executives are preparing for the coming shifts.

Don Anderson, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Adriana Karaboutis, National Grid
Robert Solis, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Giorgos Zacharia, KAYAK
Lindsey Anderson, MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

4:40 p.m.

How AI is Changing the Way We Work

From esoteric tech to AI, visual analysis and deep learning systems are now transforming the innovation of intelligent products and devices, making enterprises more competitive and jobs more efficient. What does this this mean within the enterprise space? How does this translate into worksite and process efficiency?

Max Versace, Neurala
David Rotman, MIT Technology Review

5:05 p.m.

The New Frontier of Computing

There is an intense race taking place between America, China, and other countries to develop ever more powerful supercomputers. And it may not be long before the world sees the first exascale machine—a computer capable of a billion billion calculations a second, or one exaflop. Why are supercomputers still important and what impact does their development have on the rest of the computing ecosystem?

Alan Lee, AMD
Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

8:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks – Preparing for Y2Q

A welcome from MIT Technology Review’s editor in chief who will set the stage for the day’s program as we prepare for the Years to Quantum.

Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

9:10 a.m.

Quantum Computing Primer

This session will provide a crash course on quantum computing: how it works, why it’s so powerful, and where quantum computing will have its greatest impact. This introduction to the world of quantum computing will provide a baseline understanding for the day’s upcoming sessions.

William Oliver, MIT
David Rotman, MIT Technology Review

9:45 a.m.

Building a Quantum Computer

Beta or VHS? PC or Mac? In the early stages of any new technology, different technical implementations vie for commercial supremacy and quantum computing is no different. This session explores progress being made with several different approaches to building quantum machines.

Chris Monroe, IonQ, University of Maryland
Rob Schoelkopf, Quantum Circuits, Yale University
Krysta Svore, Microsoft
Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

10:30 a.m.


10:55 a.m.

Quantum Supremacy

On October 23, Google revealed that Sycamore, their 54-qubit quantum computer, was able to complete a task in 200 seconds that it estimated would take over 10,000 years on a classical computer. This is the first time a quantum computer has carried out a specific calculation that is beyond the practical capabilities of today’s most powerful supercomputers. Learn about this milestone achievement and what it means for the future of quantum computing.

Marissa Giustina, Google

11:20 a.m.

The Business Case for Quantum Computing

We’re still in the early days of quantum computing, but it already shows huge promise for business applications across industries. This session provides a high-level overview of the capabilities it offers and highlights some areas likely to benefit from these first, including optimizing supply chain logistics and powering research into new materials and drugs.

Alan Baratz, D-Wave
Michael Reilly, MIT Technology Review

11:45 a.m.

Is Quantum Computing the Next Big Security Risk?

There is widespread agreement that quantum computers will rock current security protocols that protect global financial markets and the inner workings of government. This session explores the measures and countermeasures necessary to protect your data in the quantum world.

Roberta Faux, BlackHorse Solutions
Patrick Howell O'Neill, MIT Technology Review

12:10 p.m.

Securing Lines of Communication

The threat posed by cyberattacks is forcing governments, militaries, and businesses to explore more secure ways of transmitting information. Quantum key distribution is in use today and could be the key to securing data for years to come. How does this mechanism work, and is it safe?

John Prisco, Quantum Xchange
Patrick Howell O'Neill, MIT Technology Review

12:30 p.m.

Lunch and networking

1:30 p.m.

Deep Dives into Business Applications of Quantum Computing

Quantum experts and corporate executives provide actionable insights into how quantum technologies are being deployed — and will be deployed in future — to spur radical innovation across industries.

Artificial Intelligence

Current quantum AI networks are no match for neural networks running on powerful conventional computers today. But looking ahead, quantum machines may gain an edge for certain types of AI challenges. It’s time to start exploring this future.

Blake Johnson, IBM
Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

Air Transportation

Quantum technologies are expected to create a massive paradigm shift in the way aircrafts are built and flown. Airbus is an early adopter of quantum technologies, attempting to enhance the performance of their products and services and solving the most complex aerospace challenges.

Thierry Botter, Airbus
Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

Materials & Chemistry

Simulation of chemical bonds and reactions is expected to be one of the first applications for at-scale quantum computers. Learn how quantum computing is enabling breakthroughs in chemistry that could lead to new materials, new batteries and new medicines.

Jacob Grose, BASF Venture Capital
Christopher Savoie, Zapata Computing
David Rotman, MIT Technology Review

3:00 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Where is the Smart Money Going in Quantum Computing?

Venture capital investment in quantum technologies has been ramping up. Hear from leading investors about where they think the field is heading, and what key trends to look out for over the next few years.

James Hardiman, DCVC
Mark Cupta, Prelude Ventures
Michael Reilly, MIT Technology Review

4:10 p.m.

Building a Quantum Workforce

In the coming quantum era, organizations will need people with a unique mix of knowledge of physics, engineering, and software to help them profit from these exciting new technologies. But the number of researchers who currently fit this profile is quite small. How should we be developing the future quantum workforce, and what steps should businesses be taking to harness this rare talent now?

Chris Monroe, IonQ, University of Maryland
Blake Johnson, IBM
Amy Greene, MIT
Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

4:40 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Closing remarks from MIT Technology Review’s editor in chief.

Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

4:45 p.m.

Closing Toast