Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
There is a general feeling that our social systems are not working very well, and we need to rethink both our political and financial economic systems. Professor Pentland will argue that the key ideas are captured by quotes from Thomas Piketty: “There is nothing wrong with getting large returns on capital, the problem is, capital is in too few hands”; Malcom X: “No one can give you freedom, you must take it”; and Xi Jinping: “Whoever has the data has the initiative”. Taken together, they involve a new type of political and economic system that Professor Pentland calls “community capitalism”. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take huge sums of money or political will to switch to this new type of community system – above all, you have to understand that uniformity is the enemy of diversity, innovation and diversity. ‘efficiency.
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This program is administered by the MIT Club of Washington DC.
Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT Media Lab (biography online), serves on the board of directors of the United Nations Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and previously on the boards of the American Bar Association, Google and elsewhere. He has been a discussion moderator for the World Economic Forum, the World Leadership Alliance / Club de Madrid, and has been invited to both EU Presidency and G20 meetings. He is a member of the US National Academies and one of the most cited computer scientists in the world.