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:

  • The state of quantum computing technology
  • Research funding
  • Policy implications
  • Where to watch for early advancements and game-changers by industry
  • Preparing a quantum workforce
  • Key milestones expected in the next 5 years

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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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Come learn how seismic shifts in computing technology are going to affect every industry on the planet.

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Deadline: November 11, 2019

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Alan Baratz

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

David Blodgett

Chief Scientist, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau

CEO and Publisher, MIT Technology Review

Mark Cupta

Partner, Prelude Ventures

Mike Davies

Director of Neuromorphic Computing Lab, Intel

Rohit Ghai

President, RSA

Dario Gil

Director of IBM Research, Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Jacob Grose

Investment Manager, BASF Venture Capital

James Hardiman

Partner, DCVC

Damion Heredia

Senior Director of Product Management, Compute & ML Infrastructure, Google Cloud

Dan Huttenlocher

Dean, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

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

William Oliver

Principal Investigator, Engineering Quantum Systems Group, MIT

John Prisco

CEO and President, Quantum Xchange

Ramesh Raskar

Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab

Thomas Reardon

CEO, CTRL-labs

Christopher Savoie

CEO and Cofounder, Zapata Computing

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

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

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

Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

9:10 a.m.

The Persistence of Moore’s Law

An overview of the innovations, including innovative lithographic techniques, new materials, and 3D chip architectures, that aim to prolong the decades-old principle that’s delivered ever more powerful and efficient computers.

Jim Keller, Intel Corporatation

9:25 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

9:40 a.m.

Out of the Many, One: Using Heterogeneous Integration to Build New Chips

Instead of pushing to get ever more transistors on the same die, which has driven Moore’s Law, heterogeneous integration aims to get the benefits of scaling by bundling multiple, tightly connected chips into novel packages where they essentially act as a single unit.

9:55 a.m.

Roundtable: Computing’s Tipping Point

Max Shulaker, MIT
Jim Keller, Intel Corporation

10:15 a.m.


10:45 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.

11:00 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

11:15 a.m.

AI and Computing Roundtable

11:30 a.m.

Controlling Computers with your Mind

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

Thomas Reardon, CTRL-labs

11:55 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

12:20 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?

12:45 p.m.

Lunch and Special Session, presented by Intel

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

2:15 p.m.

The Future of Cloud Computing and What it Means for a Connected World

Future innovations will require greater computing flexibility as AI, machine learning, and deep learning evolve. How do you decide what data and decision-making processes should be handled in public and private clouds, and what should be handled locally? And what innovations are to come in the cloud that will change the future computing landscape?

Damion Heredia, Google Cloud

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

2:45 p.m.

Roundtable Q&A

Tom Leighton, Akamai Technologies
Damion Heredia, Google Cloud
Rohit Ghai, RSA

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

3:25 p.m.


3:55 p.m.

Preparing for the New Computing Landscape: A CIO Roundtable

No matter what industry you are in, technology is now a critical driver of success. Here’s how senior executives are preparing for the coming shifts in the computing landscape.

4:40 p.m.

The Robot Worker and the Future of Work

With the growing number of robotic workers and augmented workers learning to work together, not to mention the evolving interfaces that are easing the transition, it’s time to rethink what a modern worker looks like and does on a daily basis.

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

5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

8:00 a.m.

Quantum Computing Primer

Open to all attendees, this optional pre-event session will provide a crash course on quantum computing: how it works, why it’s so powerful, and where it’s likely to be useful first. This introduction to the world of quantum computing will provide a baseline understanding for the day’s upcoming sessions.

William Oliver, MIT

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 preparing you for Years to Quantum.

Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

9:15 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.

Krysta Svore, Microsoft

10:00 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

10:30 a.m.


11:00 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.

11:30 a.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

12:00 p.m.

Surfing the Quantum Web

The Quantum Internet holds the promise of providing a level of privacy, security and computational clout that is impossible to achieve with today’s internet. While a fully realized quantum network is still a far-off vision, recent breakthroughs in transmitting, storing and manipulating quantum information has brought us closer to making this a reality.

12:30 p.m.

Lunch and networking

2:00 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.

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

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.

Dario Gil, IBM

3:30 p.m.


4:00 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

4:45 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?

5:30 p.m.

Closing Toast