Carl Bass, President & CEO of Autodesk joins Vivek Wadhwa in Singularity University Live Webcast on January 24

Discussion focuses on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Digital Manufacturing and how this affects industry and jobs around the world

Mountain View, CA (January 19, 2012)– Advances in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital manufacturing are undoubtedly going to revolutionize manufacturing during this decade, enabling us to design and “print” complex products and “manufacture” these in our own homes. Exponentially advancing technologies will provide major new opportunities for entrepreneurs to create world-changing technologies, but they also may threaten industries and jobs around the world.

What are these technologies, where exactly do the opportunities lie, and where will the jobs go? These are some of the topics that Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and Singularity University VP of Academics and Innovation Vivek Wadhwa will discuss in the next Which Way Next? live webcast.

All participants must register in advance to participate online or in person at Questions can be submitted in advance and during the webcast on Twitter (#whichwaynext).

Carl Bass is President & CEO of Autodesk, Inc. (, a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Prior to serving as CEO, Bass was Autodesk’s COO, responsible for worldwide sales, marketing, and product development. Earlier roles included CTO and EVP of product development. Prior to Autodesk, Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, the developers of HOOPS, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Bass serves on the Board of Directors of Autodesk, E2open, the Art Center College of Design, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.  He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science and UC Berkeley’s School of Information. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University.

Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University. Wadhwa is also a fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University; Director of Research, Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, and Exec in Residence, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School; and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University. He also serves as an advisor to several startup companies, and is a columnist for The Washington Post and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and writes occasionally for several international publications.  Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies. Vivek Wadhwa recently wrote a Washington Post column on what this means to China: Why it’s China’s turn to worry about manufacturing.

Singularity University’s Which Way Next? is sponsored by VentureBeat (

About Singularity University

Singularity University’s mission is to assemble, educate, and inspire a new generation of leaders in business, science, finance, and government who strive to understand and utilize exponentially advancing technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Founding Partners include Autodesk, Cisco, Google, the Kauffman Foundation, Nokia, and ePlanet Ventures.  Since its founding in 2009, Singularity University has hosted students and industry leaders from 40 countries at its campus at NASA-Ames Research Park, Calif.

SU offers both graduate studies and executive programs focused on the impact and incubation of exponentially growing technologies in six key areas: medicine and neuroscience, networks and computing systems, artificial intelligence and robotics, biotechnology/bioinformatics, nanotechnology, and energy and environmental systems. Through lectures, interactive workshops and site visits, SU shows executives what is in the lab today and where these technologies will be within the next 3-20 years. Which Way Next? webcasts, sponsored by Venture Beat, are produced monthly from the Mountain View campus.

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