Mens et Manus: MIT's motto, Latin for "mind and hand", is a reminder that two fundamental ingredients are necessary to bring an idea to fruition:
- Innovation starts with a spark of inspiration.
- To realize revolutionary ideas, one must diry their hands & execute in the real world.
Imagination in Action is an organization founded on this principle. Co-founders Alex (Sandy) Pentland and John Werner sought to create an event that would combine the best of cutting-edge ideation and real-world implementation. We are a community of applied utopians who are creating a new human-centered reality outside of traditional hierarchy and authority, using tools such as blockchain and AI. We are coming together to explore these new possible worlds. Our two annual events at MIT and the Davos World Economic Forum bring together the world’s leading scientists, entrepreneurs, and technologists to discuss the emerging trends that could shape our world – and how we can turn possibility into reality!
What's Next ↴
Jan 21st 2020 @ Davos
Extended Intelligence: The AI Organization
AI, IoT and blockchain are extending human intelligence by making it cheaper, easier, and safer to do business with anyone anywhere anytime. The result is that the rationale for traditional business organizations - to have low internal transaction costs - is disappearing and we are beginning to see large investment funds, political campaigns and billion-dollar businesses driven by millions of individual investors/citizens/entrepreneurs without big financial backers and with little central management. Governance of these new data-driven platforms will require crafting a new sort of social contract that depends less on familar governance structures and traditional law and more directly on the collective intelligence of individuals.
May 2nd 2020 @ MIT Media Lab
Extended Intelligence: AI Empowering People
AI, IoT, and blockchain are making it cheaper, easier, and safer to do business with anyone anywhere anytime, and networks of humans are using these technologies for superhuman collaboration, a sort of extended human intelligence that can easily leap across organizational, cultural, and national boundaries. Already we see distributed platforms hosting large investment funds, political campaigns and billion-dollar businesses driven by millions of individual investor/citizens/entrepreneurs but no big backers and little central management. How can citizens, businesses and governments adapt to a world filled with powerful but decentralized networks?
Speakers @ Davos 2020↴
Last Event ↴
- Saturday, April 27 2019
- Forbes, and MIT Trust Data Consortium.
- MIT Media Lab
- 07:30 – 08:15Registration
08:15 – 08:25Welcome + Davos Update (Sandy + John)
08:25 – 11:35Lightning Talks (5 min)
11:35 – 12:30Lunch + Demos
12:30 – 16:30Con't Lightning Talks (5 min)
16:30 – 16:45Closing
On-going video interviews (all-day)
- MIT Professor Alex Pentland, John Werner.
On Sat, Apr 27th, we’ll be bringing the best of Davos to Cambridge, MA and gathering leaders from business, government, academia, media and civil society to deepen their relationships and work more collaboratively towards improving the state of our world through emerging technology.
Our goal is to establish best practices within new technology-enabled environments that are bound together by a common human fabric. This will be achieved by piloting “beta” versions of technology systems in partnership with a wide variety of stakeholders.
↵ Schedule @ MIT 2019
Speakers @ MIT ↴
Future ⮥Past ↴
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,
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 (trust.mit.edu) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Prof. Alex Pentand (email@example.com) for details and official invitation.
↵ Schedule @ Davos
Speakers @ Davos ↴
Demos @ Davos ↴
Chef @ The Event ↴
⭍ Event Coordinators
Davos 2019 ⮥MIT 2018 ↴
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.