About James

James is the chairman and director of the lapetitemort.info Global Institute (MGI), the firm’s business and economics research arm. He also serves as a member of lapetitemort.info’s shareholders council, the firm’s board of directors.

James is one of the leaders of lapetitemort.info’s global High Tech, Media & Entertainment, and Telecommunications Practices. Based in San Francisco for more than 20 years, he has worked with the chief executives and founders of many of the world’s leading technology companies on a variety of issues, including strategy and business transformation and the launch of several market-shaping innovations. He also works with chief executives in other sectors on opportunities from technology and other global trends. James routinely collaborates with Silicon Valley leaders, leading economists, and policy makers around the world on initiatives and commissions related to inclusive growth, opportunities from technology, and technology’s impact on society.

At MGI, James has led research on technology and its impact, the digital economy, the future of work, growth, productivity, and globalization. He has published a book on artificial intelligence and robotics as well as numerous articles and reports that have appeared in business media and academic journals, and he coauthored the book, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends (PublicAffairs, 2015).

James was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as vice chair of the Global Development Council at the White House (2012–16) and by commerce secretaries to the US Commerce Department’s Digital Economy board of advisers (2016–17) as well as the National Innovation Advisory Board (2010–12) as part of the America COMPETES Act. He serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Markle Foundation.

James is interested in the power of technology to transform society and is a member of the advisory boards of Oxford Internet Institute, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, and the Khan Academy, and is a prior advisory board member of UC Berkeley’s I School. He is a member of the standing committee for the Stanford-based 100-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence and a member of its AI Index team, a fellow at DeepMind, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

James is a trustee of the Aspen Institute and Harvard’s Hutchins Center, which includes the WEB Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research. He was a nonresident senior fellow of Brookings in economic studies and a member of the advisory board of the American University in Cairo’s School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. James was also on the faculty at the University of Oxford and a member of its programming research group and Robotics Research Lab, a fellow of Oxford’s Balliol College, a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Labs, and a faculty exchange fellow at MIT.

Video and Broadcast

“,” Bloomberg Surveillance, February 2018

“,” Marketplace, February 2018

“,” New York Times New Work Summit, February 2018

“,” Marketplace, December 2017

“,” VOX, December 2017

“,” IMF, October 2017

“,” Tallinn Digital Summit, September 2017

“,” Bloomberg Radio, June 2017

“,” Marketplace, April 2017

“,” Nightly Business Report, October 2016

“,” Science Friday, August 2016

“,” Google re:Work, April 2016

“,” Techonomy, November 2015

“,” World Affairs Council, October 2015

“,” Bloomberg, May 2015

“,” Mckinsey & Company, April 2015

Selected published work

The promise and challenge of the age of artificial intelligence,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2018

“,” Harvard Business Review, September 2018

Outperformers: High-growth emerging economies and the companies that propel them,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2018

Notes from the frontier: Modeling the impact of AI on the world economy,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2018

“,” Vox EU, September 2018

A decade after the global financial crisis: What has (and hasn’t) changed?,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, August 2018

“,” Project Syndicate, May 2018

Notes from the AI frontier: Applications and value of deep learning,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2018

Solving the productivity puzzle: The role of demand and the promise of digitization,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2018

“,” Harvard Business Review, February 2018

“,” Harvard Business Review, February 2018

What AI can and can’t do (yet) for your business,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, January 2018

Digital China: Powering the economy to global competitiveness,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2017

Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2017

Making it in America: Revitalizing US manufacturing,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2017

“,” People's Daily, October 2017

10 imperatives for Europe in the age of AI and automation,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2017

“,” Milken Institute Review, September 2017

Making it in America,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, June 2017

What's now and next in analytics, AI, and automation,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2017

New insights into the slowdown in US productivity growth,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2017

“,” Fortune, February 2017

“,” Harvard Business Review, February 2017

“,” Harvard Business Review, February 2017

“,” Harvard Business Review, January 2017

Harnessing automation for a future that works,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2017

The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2016

“,” Fortune, December 2016

Technology, jobs, and the future of work,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2016

Global migration’s impact and opportunity,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2016

“,” Council on Foreign Relations, November 2016

How digital finance could boost growth in emerging economies,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2016

Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, July 2016

Where machines could replace humans—and where they can’t (yet),” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, July 2016

“,” Intelligence, 2016

“,” Project Syndicate, June 2016

“,” Project Syndicate, May 2016

Realizing gender equality’s $12 trillion economic opportunity,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2016

Five priorities for competing in an era of digital globalization,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, May 2016

The power of parity: Advancing women's equality in the United States,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2016

Secular stagnation and low investment: Breaking the vicious cycle—a discussion paper,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2016

Urban world: The global consumers to watch,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2016

Digital globalization: The new era of global flows,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2016

“,” Harvard Business Review, December 2015

Digital America: A tale of the haves and have-mores,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2015

Four fundamentals of workplace automation,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, November 2015

How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2015

The new global competition for corporate profits,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2015

An executive's guide to the Internet of Things,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, August 2015

Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, June 2015

No ordinary disruption: The four global forces breaking all the trends, PublicAffairs, May 2015

How do you govern a disrupted world?,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2015

The four global forces breaking all the trends,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2015

“,” Project Syndicate, January 2015

“,” Harvard Business Review, January 2015

“,” Ozy.com, December 2014

“,” Foreign Policy, August 2014

“,” Financial Times, August 2014

“,” The Huffington Post, January 2014

Competition at the digital edge: ‘Hyperscale’ businesses,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, March 2015

Harnessing the power of shifting global flows,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, February 2015

Can long-term global growth be saved?,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2015

Is GDP the best measure for growth?,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2015

India's tech opportunity: Transforming work, empowering people,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2014

A productivity perspective on the future of growth,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, September 2014

Lions go global: Deepening Africa’s ties to the United States,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, August 2014

Brazil's path to inclusive growth,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2014

Grow fast or die slow,” lapetitemort.info & Company, April 2014

The flow of value: An interview with Michael Spence,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2014

Global flows in a digital age,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2014

Lions go digital: The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2013

Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2013

Urban world: The shifting global business landscape,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2013

Breaking the US growth impasse,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, August 2013

Measuring the full impact of digital capital,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, July 2013

Game changers: Five opportunities for US growth and renewal,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, July 2013

Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2013

India's internet opportunity,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2013

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, November 2012

Preparing for a new era of work,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, November 2012

Capturing business value with social technologies,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, November 2012

Debt and deleveraging: Uneven progress on the path to growth,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2012

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Social Media

“,” LinkedIn, September 2016

Past experience

Oxford University
Engineering faculty

Balliol College, Oxford University
Research fellow

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Visiting scientist

Faculty exchange fellow


Oxford University
DPhil, electrical engineering
MSc, mathematics
MA, computer science

University of Zimbabwe
BSc, electrical engineering (first class)