Matt Beane

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Leading Expert on Work Involving Intelligent Machines, Specializing in Robotics; Former Chief Human-Robot Interaction Officer, Humatics; Assistant Professor, University of California Santa Barbara

Biography

Matt Beane is an Assistant Professor in the Technology Management Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Digital Fellow with MIT’s Institute for the Digital Economy. A leading expert on work involving robots, Beane’s field research examines the ways in which AI and intelligent machines are changing work and the broader implications of these technologies for workers, managers and organizations.

Beane’s research and speaking focuses on ways we bend and break rules to get results from technology and converting these deviant practices into tomorrow’s solutions. His research has appeared in top management publications such as Administrative Science Quarterly and Harvard Business Review. He has spoken at TED, was selected in 2012 as a Human-Robot Interaction Pioneer and is a regular contributor to popular outlets such as Wired, MIT’s Technology Review, TechCrunch, Forbes and Robohub. He also took a two-year hiatus from his doctoral studies to help establish and fund Humatics, an MIT-connected, full stack IoT startup.

Unlike most academics, Beane’s work brings him side by side with leaders, technologists and workers on the cutting edge of robotics and AI deployments. His talks draw from his many hundreds of hours — sometimes years — watching, interviewing and collaborating with people pioneering new approaches needed to integrate robotics and AI into critical work tasks.

Beane graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Philosophy, and received his MS and Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Matt Beane is available for paid speaking engagements including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks, and advisory/consulting services through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Video ThumbnailThe path to skill around the globe has been the same for thousands of years: train under an expert and take on small, easy tasks before progressing to riskier, harder ones. But right now, we're handling AI in a way that blocks that path -- and sacrificing learning in our quest for productivity, says organizational ethnographer Matt Beane. What can be done? Beane shares a vision that flips the current story into one of distributed, machine-enhanced mentorship that takes full advantage of AI's amazing capabilities while enhancing our skills at the same time.

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Beane, Matt

Biography

Matt Beane is an Assistant Professor in the Technology Management Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Digital Fellow with MIT’s Institute for the Digital Economy. A leading expert on work involving robots, Beane’s field research examines the ways in which AI and intelligent machines are changing work and the broader implications of these technologies for workers, managers and organizations.

Beane’s research and speaking focuses on ways we bend and break rules to get results from technology and converting these deviant practices into tomorrow’s solutions. His research has appeared in top management publications such as Administrative Science Quarterly and Harvard Business Review. He has spoken at TED, was selected in 2012 as a Human-Robot Interaction Pioneer and is a regular contributor to popular outlets such as Wired, MIT’s Technology Review, TechCrunch, Forbes and Robohub. He also took a two-year hiatus from his doctoral studies to help establish and fund Humatics, an MIT-connected, full stack IoT startup.

Unlike most academics, Beane’s work brings him side by side with leaders, technologists and workers on the cutting edge of robotics and AI deployments. His talks draw from his many hundreds of hours — sometimes years — watching, interviewing and collaborating with people pioneering new approaches needed to integrate robotics and AI into critical work tasks.

Beane graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Philosophy, and received his MS and Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Matt Beane is available for paid speaking engagements including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks, and advisory/consulting services through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

Learning to Work with Intelligent Machines

Matt explores the present and future of learning to do your job in a world filling with robots and AI, outlining new pitfalls and opportunities for organizations, managers and workers.

Finding Innovation in The Shadows of Your Organization

Matt shows that the way we are redesigning work to take advantage of intelligent technologies is the reason we’re not yet seeing massive related gains – we’re driving innovation into increasingly illegitimate places. We can get access to these and convert them into legitimate alternatives, but the standard playbook won’t do.

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