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Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

The Robot Revolution

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Robots soon will change how we work; how we feed ourselves; how we heal; and how we relate to each other. Few emerging technologies have the power to disrupt our world on quite this scale. But with these enormous opportunities for progress comes fear. What does this mean for my job? Will a robot be nimble enough to do open heart surgery? Will factories leave the U.S. for good? Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, a $2 billion 3D design, engineering, and entertainment technology company, has seen our robot future, and is ready to tell you about it.

Autodesk’s software drives the design of everything around us – from products, to buildings, roads, bridges, movies and more. With such a broad industry perspective, Bass can explain how advanced robotics will both improve and disrupt our world, as well as how smart design will be at the vanguard of this technology’s success.


Carl Bass

Pres & CEO

Autodesk Inc

Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, the leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software.
Previously he held several executive positions at Autodesk, including CTO and COO.
Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. He 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 the UC Berkeley School of Information. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University.
In addition to his role at Autodesk, Bass is also a master carpenter, maker and hobbyist.

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