Artificial Intelligence in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills Conference 2023


Ajay Agrawal

University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Economist and Professor


Ajay is an economist and professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He conducts research on the economics of innovation and serves on the editorial board of Management Science. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles as well as co-authored two books on Harvard Business Press: Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence (2018), and Power & Prediction: The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence (2022). He is the founder of the Creative Destruction Lab and cofounder of NEXT Canada, both not-for-profit programs that support the commercialization of science via entrepreneurship. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts; an academic advisory council member at the Center on Regulation and Markets at Brookings in Washington, DC; an advisory board member at Carnegie Mellon University’s Block Center for Technology and Society in Pittsburgh; and a faculty affiliate at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto. He is the founder of Metaverse Mind Lab: building enterprise AI solutions for the Metaverse. He is co-founder of Sanctuary: creating the world’s first human-like intelligence in humanoid robots. Ajay was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2022.

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