This digital revolution could significantly improve the quality of life of billions around the world. But, it will be accompanied by serious challenges.
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In March of 2008, Dr. Wladawsky-Berger joined Citi as Strategic Advisor, working on innovation and technology initiatives including the transition to mobile digital money and payments. Since 2005 he has been writing a weekly blog, irvingwb.com, and in April of 2012 he became a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal.
He is Visiting Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division, Adjunct Professor in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the Imperial College Business School, and Executive-in-Residence at NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Inno360, ID3 and the Corporation for National Research Initiatives; the InnoCentive Advisory Board; the Visiting Committee for the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago; and the Advisory Board of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab.
He was co-chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, as well as a founding member of the Computer Sciences and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. He is a former member of the University of Chicago Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratories, of the Board of Overseers for Fermilab and of BP’s Technology Advisory Council, and of BP’s Technology Advisory Council. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as a Fellow of London’s Royal Society of Arts. A native of Cuba, he was named the 2001 Hispanic Engineer of the Year.
Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.
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A major transition is now taking place in our digital economy.
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Where is the future of work heading in such an economy?
America’s entrepreneurs need help.
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There is no more puzzling and important question.
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