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Michael Chui

McKinsey Global Institute PartnerBay Area

Leads research on the impact of information technologies and innovation on business, the economy, and society

Dr. Michael Chui is a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey's business and economics research arm. He leads research on the impact of disruptive technologies and innovation on business, the economy, and society. Michael has led McKinsey research in such areas as data & analytics, social & collaboration technologies, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence, robotics & automation, and biological technologies.

Michael is a global co-sponsor of the Asians at McKinsey affinity network and serves on the internal advisory council for the McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility.

Michael is a frequent speaker at major global conferences, and his research has been cited in leading publications around the world. His PhD dissertation, entitled "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For: Web Searching as Query Refinement," examined Web user search behaviors and the usability of Web search engines.

As a McKinsey consultant, Michael served clients in the high-tech, media, and telecom industries on strategy, innovation and product development, IT, sales and marketing, M&A, and organization. He is also on the boards of the James Irvine Foundation and the Asia Society of Northern California, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Michael served as the first chief information officer of the city of Bloomington, Indiana, where he re-architected the enterprise architecture using open source technologies and led a project that resulted in Bloomington becoming the first community in the world to offer both live and archived video streaming of public meetings on the Web.

Before that, Michael was founder and executive director of HoosierNet, Inc., a nonprofit cooperative Internet service provider that offered dial-up and broadband access to the Internet to consumers, nonprofits, governments, and businesses.

Selected published work

McKinsey Technology Trends Outlook 2024, McKinsey & Company, July 2024

Unpacking the mysteries of productivity,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2024

The state of AI in early 2024: Gen AI adoption spikes and starts to generate value,” McKinsey & Company, May 2024

A new future of work: The race to deploy AI and raise skills in Europe and beyond,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2024

AI for social good: Improving lives and protecting the planet, McKinsey & Company, May 2024

From margins to mainstream: Asians and Pacific Islanders in Hollywood,” McKinsey & Company, April 2024

Implementing generative AI with speed and safety,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2024

Forward Thinking on Europe’s existential crisis with Marco Buti,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2024

Forward Thinking on why we ignore inflation—from ancient times to the present—at our peril with Stephen King,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2023

Don’t wait—create, with generative AI,” McKinsey & Company, August 2023

The state of AI in 2023: Generative AI’s breakout year,” McKinsey & Company, August 2023

Forward Thinking on how to live our longer lives with Andrew J. Scott,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2023

Generative AI and the future of work in America, McKinsey Global Institute, July 2023

“McKinsey Technology Trends Outlook 2023,” McKinsey & Company, July 2023

Forward Thinking on bringing the joy to economics with Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2023

The economic potential of generative AI: The next productivity frontier,” McKinsey & Company, June 2023

Forward Thinking on the rollercoaster of central banking with Hans-Helmut Kotz,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2023

What every CEO should know about generative AI,” McKinsey & Company, May 2023

Forward Thinking on working at the interface of the environment and business with Justin Adams,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

Forward Thinking on how to get remote working right with Nicholas Bloom,” McKinsey & Company, February 2023

Generative AI is here: How tools like ChatGPT could change your business,” McKinsey & Company, December 2022

The state of AI in 2022—and a half decade in review,” McKinsey & Company, December 2022

Forward Thinking on the fragility of the world’s food systems and how to fix them with Jessica Fanzo,” McKinsey & Company, November 2022

The overlooked contributions and hidden challenges of Asian Americans,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

Forward Thinking on talent, state capacity, and being hopeful with Tyler Cowen,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

Asian American workers: Diverse outcomes and hidden challenges,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

McKinsey Technology Trends Outlook 2022,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

Forward Thinking on progress in science funding, immigration, and biosecurity with Alec Stapp,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2022

Forward Thinking on the sustainability revolution in textiles and the fashion industry with Edwin Keh,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2022

Forward Thinking on people, places, and the revenge of places that don’t matter with Andrés Rodríguez-Pose,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2022

Forward Thinking on war in Ukraine, inflation, and cooperation in a fractured world with Jean Pisani-Ferry,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2022

Forward Thinking on measuring the value of the digital age with Avinash Collis,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2022

Forward Thinking on trade, vaccines, and sustainable and inclusive growth with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2022

Forward Thinking on democratizing technology with Anne-Marie Imafidon,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2022

Forward Thinking on the growing role of business in the net-zero transition with Claire O’Neill,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2022

Forward Thinking on sustainable and inclusive growth with Ron O’Hanley,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2022

IoT comes of age,” McKinsey & Company, March 2022

“Forward Thinking on pandemic paradoxes, labor market myths, and ‘cowboy capitalism’ with David Autor,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

Forward Thinking on globalization and the evolving role of corporate leadership in the 21st century with Matthew Slaughter,” McKinsey & Company, December 2021

"The economic state of Latinos in America: The American dream deferred," McKinsey & Company, December 2021

The state of AI in 2021,” McKinsey & Company, December 2021

Forward Thinking on the enduring power of engineering in a digitizing world with Hayaatun Sillem,” McKinsey & Company, December 2021

The third wave of biomaterials: When innovation meets demand,” McKinsey & Company, November 2021

IoT value set to accelerate through 2030: Where and how to capture it,” McKinsey & Company, November 2021

Forward Thinking on pandemic preparedness, climate risk, and Europe’s recovery with Guntram Wolff,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2021

Forward Thinking on economies beyond COVID-19 with Michael Spence,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2021

How “Hamilton” stayed alive during the pandemic: An interview with producer Jeffrey Seller,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2021

A $300 billion opportunity: Serving the emerging Black American consumer,” McKinsey Quarterly, August 2021

Forward Thinking on economic recovery and gender equality with Laura Tyson,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2021

Forward Thinking on technology and political economy with Daron Acemoglu,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2021

Here's how to propel 2 million Black Americans to the middle class,” CNN Business, June 2021

"The economic state of Black America: What is and what could be," McKinsey Global Institute, June 2021

Forward Thinking on artificial intelligence with Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2021

Forward Thinking on measuring GDP and productivity with Diane Coyle,” McKinsey & Company, May 2021

America 2021: The opportunity to advance racial equity,” McKinsey & Company, February 2021

The promise and peril of the Bio Revolution,” Project Syndicate, January 2021

Long live the Bio-Revolution,” Project Syndicate, December 2020

COVID 19 and the Bio Revolution,” Project Syndicate, June 2020

The Bio Revolution is changing business and society,” STAT, June 2020

The marriage of biology and silicon is poised to unleash (literal) life-changing innovations,” Fast Company, June 2020

A bio revolution to heal the natural world,” GreenBiz, May 2020

The Biological Revolution: Innovations transforming economies, societies, and our lives,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2020

How the Bio Revolution could transform the competitive landscape,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2020

How high performing companies develop and scale AI,” Harvard Business Review, June 2019

The future of work in South Africa: Digitisation, productivity and job creation,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2019

How artificial intelligence will transform Nordic businesses,” McKinsey & Company, May 2019

What separates leaders from laggards in the Internet of Things,” McKinsey & Company, January 2019

AI for human development,” Project Syndicate, January 2019

Applying artificial intelligence for social good,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2018

What it takes to get an edge in the Internet of Things,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2018

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

Applying AI: Where—and how—to put artificial intelligence to work,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018

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

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

Digital China: Powering the economy to global competitiveness,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2017

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

Taking the pulse of enterprise IoT,” McKinsey & Company, July 2017

Advanced social technologies and the future of collaboration,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2017

How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2017

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

"25% of CEOs' time is spent on tasks machines could do," Harvard Business Review, February 2017

How technology is reshaping supply and demand for natural resources,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2017

Harnessing automation for a future that works,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2017

As automation advances, what’s next for human jobs?,” Science Friday, January 2017

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

Technology, jobs, and the future of work,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2016

Most industries are nowhere close to realizing the potential of analytics,” Harvard Business Review, December 2016

The big impact from big data,” Livemint, December 2016

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

How social tools can reshape the organization,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2016

Four fundamentals of workplace automation,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2015

An executive's guide to the Internet of Things,” McKinsey Quarterly, August 2015

Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2015

Protecting student data in a digital world,” McKinsey & Company, April 2015

How a private-sector transformation could revive Japan,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2015

Competition at the digital edge: ‘Hyperscale' businesses,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2015

Transforming the business through social tools,” McKinsey & Company, January 2015

China's digital transformation,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2014

How government can promote open data,” McKinsey & Company, April 2014

Lions go digital: The Internet's transformative potential in Africa,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2013

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

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

Evolution of the networked enterprise: McKinsey Global Survey results,” McKinsey & Company, March 2013

Capturing business value with social technologies,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2012

The social economy: Unlocking value and productivity through social technologies,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2012

Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2011

Internet matters: The 'Net's sweeping impact on growth, jobs, and prosperity,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2011

Clouds, big data, and smart assets: Ten tech-enabled business trends to watch,” McKinsey Quarterly, August, 2010

The Internet of Things,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2010

Six ways to make Web 2.0 work,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2009


Forward Thinking on the complicated and contentious state of global trade with Chad P. Bown,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2023

Programming life: An interview with Jennifer Doudna,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2020

Technological and medical innovations that can lead to new growth, Podcast conversation with Kevin Cirilli, Bloomberg Chief Washington Correspondent,” Bloomberg Sound On, May 2020

The Biological Revolution interview with Hannah Kuchler,” Financial Times Live, May 2020

AI could reach US$3.5–5.8 trillion in global value annually,” BNN TV, April 2018

Robot jobs apocalypse predictions are overblown,” Bloomberg Markets, December 2017

Should Americans fear automation?,” Bloomberg News, March 2017

Machines replacing workers: documents raise worries about loss of jobs,” CTV News, March 2017

Robots will take jobs, but not as fast as some fear,”, January 2017

Partnering with robots,” CBC News, January 2017

As automation advances, what’s next for human jobs?,” Science Friday, January 2017

McKinsey: IoT cyber risks have to be managed,” CNBC, May 2016

McKinsey’s Chui: 45% of paid activities can be automated,” (Audio) Bloomberg News, February 2016

The Internet of Things: New insights from the McKinsey Global Institute,” McKinsey & Company, July 2015

Are we entering the age of robot CEOs?,” Bloomberg West, November 2015

Automating the c-suite,” CNBC, November 2015

Disruptive entrepreneurs: An interview with Eric Reis,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2014

Not just big data, but open data,” Yahoo Finance, December 2013

Selected Public Appearances

The future of work and how to adapt,” Asia Society, July 2020

BIO Digital: How the Bio Revolution is transforming economies societies and our lives,” McKinsey hosted panel discussion at BIO Digital, June 2020

The Bio Revolution: Innovations transforming economies, societies, and our lives,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Notes from the AI Frontier: Making AI work,” O'Reilly, October 2019

Can we trust tech,” Aspen Ideas Festival, June 2019

The seven tech forces facing your startup,” web summit, March 2018

How AI will transform industry,” Aspen Ideas Festival, June 2017


Indiana University
PhD, computer science and cognitive science
MS, computer science

Stanford University
BS, symbolic systems