Artificial intelligence

Professor Agrawal conducts research on the economics of artificial intelligence. He describes the Simple Economics of Machine Intelligence in the Harvard Business Review online, with coauthors Joshua Gans and Avi Goldfarb. He also describes the implications for managers in What to Expect from Artificial Intelligence in the Sloan Management Review. His work has been cited by a variety of media such as Fortune, The Economist, and The Globe and Mail. He is co-organizer of the research session on the Economics of Artificial Intelligence at the American Economics Association annual conference in Chicago (2017).


Professor Agrawal is Founder of the Creative Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto.  The Lab was founded in 2012 and launched their first cohort focused exclusively on machine intelligence-enabled companies in 2015. This program doubled in size to two cohorts (50 companies) in 2016 due to demand.  To our knowledge, this represents the greatest concentration of AI-enabled companies in any program on Earth. Atomwise, Eigen Innovations, Deep Genomics, Thalmic Labs, AlgocianBlue J Legal, and Nymi are graduates of the CDL.


Professor Agrawal is Co-Founder of NextAI, a not-for-profit program launched in 2016 to inspire young entrepreneurs and technologists to explore new commercial opportunities that are a direct result of advances in AI.


Professor Agrawal is Co-Founder with Shivon Zilis of an annual conference on the business of artificial intelligence “Machine Learning and the Market for Intelligence.” He delivered opening presentations in 2015 and 2016.


Professor Agrawal is Co-Founder of Kindred.  The company’s mission is to build machines with human-like intelligence.