The big innovations changing our world

“What are the next big innovations? How can they help us solve the world’s toughest challenges? At EmTech MIT, our flagship event on emerging technology and trends, we’re bringing together leaders, researchers, innovators, and you to find out.

This year’s program examines the technologies and forces influencing our digital world—artificial intelligence, biomedicine, cybersecurity, global-scale technology, the push for diversity and equality, and more—and explores how to make sense of these innovations and trends in light of the events of 2020.”

A hybrid AI model lets it reason about the world’s physics like a child

“As children, we learn to observe the world around us, infer why things happened and make predictions about what will happen next. These predictions help us make better decisions, navigate our environments, and stay safe. Replicating that kind of causal understanding in machines will similarly equip them to interact with the world in a more intelligent way.”


“Gain the knowledge and confidence to support the integration of AI into your organization.


1 – A practical grounding in artificial intelligence (AI) and its business applications, equipping you with the knowledge and confidence you need to transform your organization into an innovative, efficient, and sustainable company of the future.

2 – The ability to lead informed, strategic decision-making and augment business performance by integrating key AI management and leadership insights into the way your organization operates.

3 – A powerful dual-perspective from two MIT schools – the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory – offering you a sound conceptual understanding of AI technologies through a business lens.”

This AI Researcher Thinks We Have It All Wrong

  • “Luis argues is that if we can find a better way to structure the system as a whole, then the AI system should be able to reason through problems, even with very limited data.
  • Once we can stop comparing humans to artificial intelligence, Luis believes that we will see great advancements in what AI can do. He believes that AI has the power to work alongside humans to unlock knowledge and tasks that we weren’t previously able to do. The point when this happens, he doesn’t believe is that far away. We are getting closer to it every day.”

Luis Perez-Breva is an MIT professor and the faculty director of innovation teams at the MIT School or Engineering.

Data science is not a science project

“You need to have a clear problem identified that you are ready to tackle with analytics, and you need to know what data you will use to solve that problem.

Start small, with a project that addresses a core competency of the business.

Select a project that will offer a win within a year.

Look for opportunities to automate and expand your use of analytics.”


Automating tumor detection in medical images

Amsterdam University Medical Center

Alerting caseworkers when children are at risk

New Hanover County,