AI and Longevity Symposium

AI and Longevity Symposium


Charting the Longevity Economy's Endless Frontier:

How Artificial Intelligence Will Enable Us to Live Longer, Better

A Virtual Symposium

Bank of America & MIT AgeLab

November 19 & 20, 2020

For many years after its establishment as an academic discipline in the 1950s, artificial intelligence (AI) seemed for most people like a topic for science fiction. Today, however, we are increasingly seeing applications of AI embedded in our everyday lives, including in the domains of health care, finance, transportation, logistics, and entertainment, among others. As AI becomes more ubiquitous in both our personal and professional lives, we will continue to discover new and innovative applications of the technology that will transform the way we live, work, and play across the life course.

Bank of America and the MIT AgeLab are working together to advance the understanding of AI’s current impacts and to envision future applications and implications for longevity. In short, we ask about the ways AI will impact how we live longer, better. This interactive virtual symposium will host panel discussions with leading experts in related fields to bring AI to the forefront of business and research agendas. The MIT AgeLab will also present recent findings on expert and consumer perceptions and expectations of AI.

Register for the symposium here.

Learn more about the speakers at the event.

Take a look at early research findings from the MIT AgeLab's AI and longevity research here.


Symposium Agenda

Day 1 – Thursday, November 19

9:00 - Welcome to MIT

Joseph Coughlin, MIT AgeLab

9:15 - Opening remarks

Lorna Sabbia, Bank of America

9:30 - AI and its impact across the life course – overview of an MIT AgeLab study

Chaiwoo Lee, MIT AgeLab, and Surya Kolluri, Bank of America

9:45 - AI in healthcare

  • Ang Sun, Humana
  • Brooks Tingle, John Hancock Insurance
  • Jamie Metzl, author of Hacking Darwin
  • Moderator: Joseph Coughlin, MIT AgeLab

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are changing how healthcare professionals do their jobs and the level of care that patients receive. We anticipate that AI will bring innovations to medicine that are likely to add years to life, as well as better living in those additional years. This panel will hear how researchers in the field as well as keen observers predict AI’s impact on health and longevity.

10:45 - Break

11:00 - From electric homes to companion homes

  • Frida Irina Stenlund, IKEA
  • Majd Alwan, LeadingAge
  • Nayeli Rodriguez, City of Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
  • Stephen Ewell, Consumer Technology Association
  • Moderator: Shabnam FakhrHosseini, MIT AgeLab

Tomorrow's home will not only be a place to live, but a platform of services and experiences provided by an interconnected ecosystem of technologies. AI will play a prominent role in the future of living and aging at home. This panel will address the technologies & services that will make it possible to envision a home that offers convenience, connectivity, and ultimately care across the life course.

12:00 - Work, the workplace & education across the career

  • ­Jean Accius, AARP
  • Luke Yoquinto, MIT AgeLab
  • Natalie Monbiot, HourOne
  • Moderator: Kai Walker, Bank of America

An ongoing debate concerns how AI may affect labor and the workforce. This panel will include conversations around how AI may impact the kinds of jobs people that people do, the way they are interviewed and hired, as well as how people think about careers, build skills, and learn across a lifetime.

1:00 - Day 1 wrap-up: Q&A and preview of Day 2

Joseph Coughlin, MIT AgeLab


Day 2 – Friday, November 20

9:00 - Opening remarks

Kevin Crain, Bank of America, and Joseph Coughlin, MIT AgeLab

9:15 - Driverless: autonomous vehicles & remaining mobile for a lifetime

  • Ignacio Alvarez, Intel Labs
  • Mark Greenway, JB Hunt
  • Ryan Chin, Optimus Ride
  • Shuo Li, Newcastle University
  • Moderator: Chaiwoo Lee, MIT AgeLab

AI will change the way people get from one place to another. This panel will address how AI is transforming transportation with the evolution of driverless car technology. These new technologies are likely to influence how people make decisions about where they live, where they travel, and how they get there. This panel will discuss the implications of driverless systems for an aging and increasingly mobile society.

10:15 - Augmented caregiving

  • Niamh Donnelly, Akara Robotics
  • Nick Padula, Philips
  • Seth Sternberg, Honor
  • Moderator: John Rudnik, MIT AgeLab

AI is increasingly being used in the clinical health care setting and is now finding its way into the hands of individuals caring for themselves or their loved ones. This panel discussion will cover how AI may enhance family caregiving and the possible gaps that remain.

11:15 - Break

11:30 - Retirement planning & decision-making

  • Julie Miller, MIT AgeLab
  • Michael Finke, American College for Financial Planning
  • Theodora Lau, Unconventional Ventures
  • Moderator: Kabir Sethi, Bank of America

AI is bringing changes to how financial institutions and companies as well as consumers are managing and talking about money. In this panel, experts will discuss how AI can be utilized in financial management and decision making, as well as its impact in how people carry out transactions, find information and seek advice, and plan for retirement.

12:30 - General Q&A: envisioning the future of AI & longevity

Joseph Coughlin, MIT AgeLab

1:00 - Closing remarks & adjourn