Avi Reichental, Chief Executive Officer of 3D Systems, Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, and Robert Atkinson, Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation discuss manufacturing's future, and the effects of technology on industry. Moderator: Kevin Delaney, Editor-in-Chief, Quartz; Former Managing Editor, WSJ.com
Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based technology policy think tank.
He is also author of the forthcoming book, The Global Race for Innovation Advantage, and Why the U.S. is Falling Behind (Yale, 2011), the book, The Past And Future Of America's Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005), and the State New Economy Index series.
He has an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally.
Kevin J. Delaney is editor in chief and co-founder of Quartz. He was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for a decade, with that time split between hardship postings in Paris and San Francisco. While covering Internet companies such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook for the Journal, he became convinced that newspapers could do much more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the digital age. He returned to New York and became managing editor of WSJ.com, where he led efforts that helped greatly expand the Journal’s online readership and championed innovative journalism projects that went on to win prizes. Early in his career, Kevin was a reporter for SmartMoney Magazine and a TV producer in Montreal.
Beyond his many publications and patents, MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld is the author of the books Fab and When Things Start To Think, and the technical texts The Nature of Mathematical Modeling and The Physics of Information Technology. His work has been featured by the White House and Smithsonian Institution in their Millennium celebrations, he has been the subject of print, radio, and TV programs in media including the New York Times, The Economist, CNN, and PBS, and has been selected as one of the top 100 public intellectuals.
Mr. Reichental has been President and Chief Executive Officer since September, 2003. Previously, he was employed by Sealed Air Corporation, for 22 years most recently serving as a corporate officer and Vice President of its Shrink Packaging Division.
Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, and Robert Atkinson, Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, argue about the role of localized 3D printing in manufacturing's tomorrow. Although Gershenfeld concedes Atkinson's argument that localized manufacturing cannot compete with the productivity of large manufacturing, Gershenfeld believes that there is a place for household-sized plants.