Neil Thompson

Director, FutureTech Research Project, MIT


Neil Thompson is the director of the FutureTech research project, where his group studies the economic and technical foundations of progress in computing, and is cross-appointed at MIT’s Computer Science and AI Lab and MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy.

Previously, Thompson was an assistant professor of innovation and strategy at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he co-directed the Experimental Innovation Lab (X-Lab), and a visiting professor at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard. He has advised businesses and government on the future of Moore’s Law, has been on National Academies panels on transformational technologies and scientific reliability, and is part of the Council on Competitiveness’ National Commission on Innovation & Competitiveness Frontiers.

He has a Ph.D. in business and public policy from Berkeley, where he also did master’s degrees in computer science and statistics. He also has a master’s in economics from the London School of Economics, and undergraduate degrees in physics and international development. Prior to academia, he worked at organizations such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Bain and Company, the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Canadian Parliament.