Erik Brynjolfsson is the director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, a professor at the MIT Sloan School, the chairman of the “Sloan Management Review,” and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His widely cited research examines a variety of aspects of information technology, strategy, productivity, marketing, and employment, and has been recognized with 10 Best Paper prizes and five patents. He teaches a popular MBA courses on the Economics of Information and an executive program on Big Data. His talk for the opening session of TED 2013 laid out an optimistic vision for the future of economic growth. Erik is a director or advisor for several technology-intensive firms and lectures worldwide on technology and strategy. His books include The New York Times bestseller “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a time of Brilliant Technologies,” co-authored by Andrew McAfee. He received A.B. and S.M. degrees from Harvard and a Ph.D. from MIT.