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BCG’s Partnership with MIT Media Lab

BCG is a consortium member at the MIT Media Lab, an academic department funded by industry members to develop and deploy an incredibly broad range of research. This partnership enables both BCG and our clients to stay competitive in a rapidly changing world fueled by emerging technologies.

For more than 30 years, MIT Media Lab researchers have created technologies to make lives safer, cleaner, healthier, fairer, and more productive. The lab fosters over 600 active projects covering all sectors, from blockchain to civic media.

BCG’s Collaborations with the MIT Media Lab

For four years, we have engaged with the MIT Media Lab by collaborating on projects, publishing reports, and connecting our clients and BCG teams with researchers for insight and inspiration.

Teaming with Artificial Intelligence

How do you measure the quality of relationships between team members? Sandy Pentland of the MIT Media Lab looks to artificial intelligence to quantify the ways in which we communicate with one another.

Leadership in the Age of AI

In the coming decade, corporate leaders should look to curate unconventional collaboration. Sandy Pentland explores how these leaders have a new role to play as "sense-makers" of data, not dictators of rules.

Affective Computing: Forecasting Human Mood

Artificial intelligence enables developments in new sciences such as affective computing. Rosalind Picard of the MIT Media Lab demonstrates how the true subtleties of human emotion can be uncovered by computers.

Pitfalls & Benefits of Affective Computing

While affective computing can provide great insight on emotions in the workplace, it is important to approach such sensitive data from the right angle. Rosalind Picard shares how companies can best utilize this unbiased map of their workers' daily experience.

Digital Currency Initiative

BCG provides directed research funding to MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), an interdisciplinary group of MIT Media Lab researchers, member companies, academics, and influencers on the revolutionary technology that is blockchain. As with the internet, blockchain technology has the potential to affect all aspects of business, from supply chains to financial transactions and audit trails.

Through our engagement with DCI, we strive to conduct fundamental research on blockchain and digital currency topics that address questions on security, stability, scalability, privacy, and the internal economics of these systems. To work toward this goal, BCG serves as a collaborator on two DCI working groups: health care applications and digital fiat currencies.

Forum on AI in Business

BCG and MIT Media Lab cohosted an event in 2017 focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with the adoption of artificial intelligence across business functions. Through a BCG GAMMA master class and a series of keynote talks from BCG and MIT Media Lab speakers, the attendees engaged on how to strike the right balance between buying and making AI; the future of emotional intelligence in human-AI integration; and the impact of public perception on AI strategy implementation.

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