Imagination in Action

Finance, Technology and New Beginnings

Something unusual happened at Davos this year: New ideas coming not from the usual collection of rich and famous, their symbiotic journalists, or even from political activists. This was the voice of creation rooted outside of the wealthy world and put into action by hands-on builders empowered by tools such as blockchain and AI, centered on human needs, and creating a new realities outside of traditional hierarchy and authority. It was imagination in action, curated by MIT’s Alex Pentland and John Werner.

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On April 27 on the top floor of MIT's Media Lab we will bring the best of Davos to Cambridge, Massachusetts and in addition focus on ideas such as distributed finance that are converting efforts such as the Belt and Road Initiative to much more than the original Chinese vision. Come and join us to help imagine and invent the future.

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Davos, Switzerland
January 22, 2019
Blockchain + AI + Human Summit

CEO of Tata Consultancy Services Rajesh Gopinathan, MIT Professor Alex Pentland, John Werner.
TCS, Forbes, and MIT Trust Data Consortium.
The TCS Dome, Panorama Hotel,
Promenade 80,
7270 Davos Platz, Switzerland
During the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) we will bring together the world's foremost leaders from business, government, academia, media and civil society to deepen their relationships and work more collaboratively towards improving the state of our world.
Tuesday, 22nd January 2019
09:00 - 09:15Registration
09:25 - 02:40Leading Innovator Solutions & ‘Lightning’ Speed Talks (2-5 min)
12:00 - 13:00CEO and visionary “Idea Lab” Panel: The Transformative Power of Digital Technologies
11:30 - 14:00Buffet Lunch & Networking
Ongoing one-on-one video interviews to side

This Blockchain+AI+Human summit will include:

  • Michelin-star lunch
  • Networking with both the WEF audience and a select group of blockchain and AI innovators
  • Program with lightning “TED type” talks (2-5 min) and dozens of demos highlighting real-world data-for-good Blockchain + AI projects, all curated by the MIT Trust Data Consortium ( around the theme Blockchain and AI for Good

This will be a spectacular venue, a great group of people, and a very special opportunity to share your ideas and learn from others.

The next Blockchain in Action summit will be held at MIT on April 27th, 2019. Talk to John Werner ( or Prof. Alex Pentand ( for details and official invitation.

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Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence:
Tech Trends Poised To Transform Business and Culture?

Nascent Blockchain applications and AI research have demonstrated the transformative potential of both technologies. Their integration with the physical world will transform sectors such as logistics chains, asset management, data systems, investment, and securitization via cheap, trustworthy, and user-friendly Blockchain algorithms. These new capabilities will drive radical shifts in business and culture on a global scale, offering opportunities for better management, inclusion, transparency and accountability.

Discussions have been synthesized (under Chatham House rules) into an MIT publication and distributed to thought leaders at Davos and elsewhere. The discussion will also lead to a collection of visionary papers authored by speakers, to be published by MIT Press in our Connection Science Imprint series.

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