Carl Bass, chief executive of Autodesk, and Vivek Wadhwa, vice president of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University, discuss the impact of soaring wages on China's ability to innovate and manufacture cheaply."
Carl Bass is CEO of Autodesk--the leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. He co-founded Ithaca Software, acquired by Autodesk in 1993, and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University.
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance editor. Kirkus Reviews has called Need, Speed, and Greed, Vaitheeswaran’s new book on global innovation, “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University.
Wadhwa oversees the academic programs at Singularity University, which educates a select group of leaders about the exponentially growing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances—in fields such as robotics, A.I., computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials—are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security.
In his roles at Stanford, Duke, and Emory universities, Wadhwa lectures in class on subjects such as entrepreneurship and public policy, helps prepare students for the real world, and leads groundbreaking research projects. He is an advisor to several governments; mentors entrepreneurs; and is a regular columnist for The Washington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies.
In Feb 2012, the U.S. Government awarded Wadhwa distinguished recognition an "Outstanding American by Choice" — for his "commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans."
Carl Bass, President and CEO of Autodesk, discusses the future of manufacturing. He argues that unlike the Industrial Revolution, which grew up around the idea of mass production, manufacturing will become increasingly small-scale and customized.