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December 29, 2023

Top 100 Artificial Intelligence Influencers in 2023

In the year of 2023, the quickly developing sector of artificial intelligence once again astounded with its advancements and successes. The industry is growing every day, adding new dimensions and reaching new heights in its potential. We are pleased to offer to you the list of the top 100 significant people in artificial intelligence made by Metaverse Post authors.

This list includes a variety of innovators and leaders whose contributions will influence artificial intelligence even in the future. Every one of them, from groundbreaking technology to basic research, has a lasting impact on this fascinating field’s history.

American entrepreneur who was president of the start-up accelerator Y Combinator from 2014 to 2019 and chief executive officer (CEO) of the artificial intelligence (AI) company OpenAI beginning in 2019. He has been compared to tech visionaries, including Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, and is known for his belief that artificial general intelligence (AGI) will be able to do anything that humans can. As the leader of OpenAI, Altman continues to shape the future of artificial intelligence and its potential to improve the lives of people worldwide.
Elon Musk has spearheaded revolutionary ventures in electric vehicles with Tesla, space exploration with SpaceX, brain-computer interfaces with Neuralink, and social media with X, among others. As the co-founder and CEO of Tesla, Elon leads all product design, engineering and global manufacturing of the company's electric vehicles, battery products and solar energy products.
Greg Brockman is a visionary leader and a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. He is the co-founder and former CTO of Stripe, one of the world's most valuable startups. He is also the co-founder of OpenAI, a non-profit research company dedicated to ensuring that artificial general intelligence (AGI) benefits all of humanity. Brockman is a brilliant technologist and a passionate advocate for the responsible development of AI. He has been a leading voice in the discussion of the ethical implications of AI, and he is committed to ensuring that this technology is used for good.
Ilya Sutskever is a computer scientist working in machine learning. He is a co-founder and Chief Scientist at OpenAI. He has made several major contributions to the field of deep learning. In 2023, Sutskever and the OpenAI board fired CEO Sam Altman, who returned a week later. He is the co-inventor, with Alex Krizhevsky and Geoffrey Hinton, of AlexNet, a convolutional neural network. Sutskever is also one of the many co-authors of the AlphaGo paper.
Mark Zuckerberg co-founded the social-networking website Facebook out of his college dorm room at Harvard University. Zuckerberg left college after his sophomore year to concentrate on the site, the user base of which has grown to more than two billion people, making Zuckerberg a billionaire many times over. The birth of Facebook was portrayed in the 2010 film The Social Network.
Bill Gates is a technologist, business leader, and philanthropist. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, with an amazing and supportive family who encouraged his interest in computers at an early age. He dropped out of college to start Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Today, Bill co-chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with Melinda French Gates, where he works to give his wealth back to society.
Demis Hassabis is the co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, a neuroscience-inspired AI company, bought by Google in Jan 2014 in their largest European acquisition to date. He is now Vice President of Engineering at Google DeepMind and leads Google’s general AI efforts, including the development of AlphaGo, the first program to ever beat a professional player at the game of Go.
Huang is a recipient of the Semiconductor Industry Association’s highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award; IEEE Founder’s Medal; the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award; and honorary doctorate degrees from Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University, and Oregon State University. He has been named the world’s best CEO by Harvard Business Review and Brand Finance, as well as Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year and one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people.
Kevin Scott is executive vice president and chief technology officer of Microsoft and has held executive and engineering positions at LinkedIn and Google. He built and led the technology team of pioneering mobile advertising startup AdMob, which was acquired by Google in 2010. He has received a Google Founder’s Award, an Intel PhD Fellowship, and an ACM Recognition of Service Award. He is an adviser to several Silicon Valley start-ups, an active angel investor, the founder of the nonprofit organization Behind the Tech, the host of the Behind the Tech podcast, and an emeritus trustee of the Anita Borg Institute.
Omar Sultan Al Olama has been appointed as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence in October 2017, and then was appointed as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications in July 2020. His responsibilities include enhancing the government performance levels by investing in the latest technologies and tools of artificial intelligence and applying them in various sectors.
Jan Leike is a Research Scientist at Google DeepMind and a leading voice in AI Alignment, with affiliations at the Future of Humanity Institute and the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. At OpenAI, he co-leads the Superalignment Team, contributing to AI advancements such as InstructGPT and ChatGPT. Holding a PhD from the Australian National University, Jan's work focuses on ensuring AI Alignment.
Audrey Tang is a Taiwanese free software programmer and minister without portfolio of Taiwan, who has been described as one of the "ten greatest Taiwanese computing personalities". In August 2016, Tang was invited to join the Taiwan Executive Yuan as a minister without portfolio, making him the first transgender and the first non-binary official in the top executive cabinet. Tang became involved in politics during Taiwan's 2014 Sunflower Student Movement demonstrations, in which Tang volunteered to help the protesters occupying the Taiwanese parliament building broadcast their message.
Lila Ibrahim is the COO of Google DeepMind, a world leading AI research company that aims to solve intelligence to advance science and benefit humanity. She leads a broad range of functions, including Operations, Governance and Ethics, Policy, Communications, and People & Culture. She plays a key role spearheading the company’s work on critical issues involving the intersection of AI and society, which includes chairing DeepMind’s cross-functional responsibility and AI for Good initiatives.
Andrew Ng is Founder & CEO of Landing AI, Founder of deeplearning.ai, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Coursera, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. He was also Chief Scientist at Baidu Inc., and Founder & Lead for the Google Brain Project. Ng’s goal is to give everyone in the world access to a great education, for free. Today, Coursera partners with some of the top universities in the world to offer high quality online courses, and is the largest MOOC platform in the world. Ng also works on machine learning with an emphasis on deep learning. He founded and led the “Google Brain” project which developed massive-scale deep learning algorithms.
Raibert's research is devoted to the study of systems that move dynamically, including physical robots and animated creatures. Raibert's laboratory at MIT, the Leg Lab, is well known for its work on systems that move dynamically, including legged robots, simulated mechanisms, and animated figures. The Leg Lab created a series of laboratory robots including one-legged hoppers, biped runners, a quadruped, and two kangaroo-like robots. Taken collectively, these robots travel along simple paths, balance themselves actively, climb a simple stairway, run fast (13.1 mph), run with several gaits, and do rudimentary gymnastic maneuvers.
Cristóbal Valenzuela is the CEO and co-founder of Runway, a full-stack, applied AI research company that trains and builds generative AI models for content creation. In the past year, his team has developed a creative suite with more than 30 AI Magic Tools that allow users to generate and edit content, serving every aspect of the creative process. Cris’ innovation and vision at Runway is enabling a new generation of storytellers to create and push the boundary of what’s possible across mediums.
Richard Socher is the Chief Scientist at Salesforce where he leads teams working on fundamental research (deep learning, natural language processing, computer vision, speech and recommendation), applied research, product incubation and building a cross-product AI platform. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at Stanford's computer sciencedepartment and the founder and CEO/CTO of MetaMind which was acquired by Salesforce in 2016. In 2014, he got his PhD in the CS Department at Stanford.
Alexandr Wang, based in San Francisco, CA, US, is currently a CEO and founder at Scale AI, bringing experience from previous roles at Quora, Hudson River Trading and Addepar. Alexandr Wang holds a Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With a robust skill set that includes Mathematics, Physics, R, Distributed Systems, Git and more, Alexandr Wang contributes valuable insights to the industry.
As an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he worked at the university’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), where he became familiar with Tim Berners-Lee’s open standards for the World Wide Web. He and a co-worker, Eric Bina, created a user-friendly browser with integrated graphics that would work on a wide range of computers. The resulting code was the Mosaic Web browser, and Andreessen and Bina left NCSA to found Netscape.
Eric Schmidt is an accomplished technologist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He joined Google in 2001 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Eric served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 2001-2011, as well as Executive Chairman and Technical Advisor. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.
Lex Fridman is a Russian-American computer scientist and podcaster. He hosts the Lex Fridman Podcast. Fridman rose to prominence after he coauthored a study which concluded that drivers remained focused while using Tesla's semi-autonomous system, which received a positive response from Elon Musk, but was criticized by AI experts.
An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, he played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. As an investor, he has been instrumental in the success of iconic companies such as Facebook and Airbnb and has helped fast-growing startups like Aurora and Convoy get to scale. Reid is a frequent public speaker, known for his approachability and skill at explaining complex topics with lucidity. He is the co-author of Blitzscaling and two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-up of You and The Alliance and Masters of Scale. He also hosts the podcast Masters of Scale.
Widely known for her research at the intersection of science, technology, and politics, Alondra Nelson holds the Harold F. Linder Chair in the School of Social Science. Past president of the Social Science Research Council, she was professor of sociology at Columbia University, and also served as the inaugural Dean of Social Science. As Dean, she led the first strategic planning process for the social sciences at Columbia, working with faculty to envision and set long-term research priorities. Nelson began her academic career on the faculty of Yale University, where she received the Poorvu Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching Excellence.
Kai-Fu Lee is a Taiwanese-born American computer scientist, businessman, and writer based in Beijing. He has worked in China with Apple, SGI, Microsoft and, most recently, as President of Google China. He now oversees the Venture Capital fund Sinovation Ventures. In his recently published book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order, Lee describes how China is rapidly moving forward to become the global leader in AI, and is poised to surpass the United States largely because China’s vast demographics and system of top-down control are allowing it to amass huge data sets. Kai-Fu Lee has been dubbed, “the oracle of AI”.
Raquel Urtasun is the Founder and CEO of Waabi. She is also a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto and a co-founder of the Vector Institute for AI. From 2017 to 2021 she was the Chief Scientist and Head of R&D at Uber ATG. From 2015-2017 she was a Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning and Computer Vision (from which she resigned to join Uber). Prior to this, she was an Assistant Professor at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC), an academic computer science institute affiliated with the University of Chicago.
He is well known for his work on optical character recognition and computer vision using convolutional neural networks (CNN), and is a founding father of convolutional nets. He is also one of the main creators of the DjVu image compression technology (together with Léon Bottou and Patrick Haffner). He co-developed the Lush programming language with Léon Bottou. LeCun received the 2018 Turing Award (often referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Computing"), together with Yoshua Bengio and Geoffrey Hinton, for their work on deep learning.
Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo represents California's 18th Congressional District. She currently serves as Chair of the Health Subcommittee and joined the Energy and Commerce Committee in her second term in 1995 and has served on the Health Subcommittee for 14 of her 24 years on the Energy and Commerce Committee. She is a ranking member of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee and led a charge in the House to create America’s first nationwide, interoperable public safety communications network and to appropriate significant funding for Next Generation 9-1-1 technology.
Tristan Harris has been called “the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience” by the Atlantic magazine. Prior to founding the new Center for Humane Technology, he was Google's Design Ethicist, developing a framework for how technology should “ethically” steer the thoughts and actions of billions of people from screens. Tristan has spent a decade understanding the invisible influences that hijack human thinking and action. Drawing on literature from addiction, performative magic, social engineering, persuasive design, and behavioral economics.
Geoffrey Hinton designs machine learning algorithms. His aim is to discover a learning procedure that is efficient at finding complex structure in large, high-dimensional datasets and to show that this is how the brain learns to see. He was one of the researchers who introduced the backpropagation algorithm and the first to use backpropagation for learning word embeddings. His other contributions to neural network research include Boltzmann machines, distributed representations, time-delay neural nets, mixtures of experts, variational learning, products of experts and deep belief nets.
Yi Zeng is a Professor at the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, serving as Deputy Director of Research Center of Brain-inspired Intelligence, and Co-director of China-UK Research Centre for AI Ethics and Governance. He is the founding director of the Research Center for AI Ethics and Sustainable Development at Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence. He is a Professor at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and is a Chief Scientist in AI Ethics and Governance at Institute of AI International Governance, Tsinghua University. He is also an Associate Fellow at Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge.
Alison Darcy, PhD, is the founder and president of Woebot Health. She is a clinical research psychologist; her work to explore digital treatments began more than 20 years ago, when she created one of the first online support groups for people with eating disorders. That work led to PhD-level studies in psychology at University College Dublin and post-doc at Stanford School of Medicine and with the American Psychiatric Association.
Jaime Teevan is Chief Scientist and Technical Fellow at Microsoft, where she is responsible for driving research-backed innovation in the company's core products. Jaime is world-renowned for her research into productivity and personalized search, and was recognized by TIME as one of the top 100 people to play an instrumental role in AI development and societal advancement. She led the creation of M365 Copilot by integrating AI into Microsoft products, invented the first personalized search algorithm used by Bing, and coordinated the company's hybrid work research during the pandemic.
Daniela Amodei, the President and co-founder of Anthropic, is an inspiring figure in the field of artificial intelligence. Her dedication to building reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems has led her on a remarkable journey marked by numerous achievements and accolades.
Mustafa Suleyman is a serial tech entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Inflection AI, an AI-first company redefining the relationship between humans and computers. He previously worked at Google as VP of AI Products and AI Policy. Before that he co-founded DeepMind, which was bought by Google in 2014. As Head of Applied AI, he contributed to the team’s major successes in AI research and applications for over 10 years. During his time at DeepMind he also contributed to numerous significant research publications.
Sandra L. Rivera is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Datacenter and AI Group at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for the Intel business group charged with providing innovative technology and solutions to the networking industry. She is also Intel’s 5G executive sponsor and is responsible for guidingIntel's strategy, commitments, and deliverables for 5G.
Margrethe Vestager is the European Commissioner in the Von der Leyen Commission, currently serving as Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age since December 2019 and European Commissioner for Competition since 2014. Vestager is a member of the Danish Social Liberal Party, and of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE) on the European level.
Margaret Mitchell is a researcher working on Ethical AI, currently focused on the ins and outs of ethics-informed AI development in tech. She has published over 50 papers on natural language generation, assistive technology, computer vision, and AI ethics, and holds multiple patents in the areas of conversation generation and sentiment classification. She previously worked at Google AI as a Staff Research Scientist, where she founded and co-led Google's Ethical AI group, focused on foundational AI ethics research and operationalizing AI ethics Google-internally.
Charlie Brooker has worked across the spectrum of media, as a writer, producer, journalist, cartoonist and television and radio presenter. In 2011/12 Charlie created two series of Black Mirror on Channel 4, single dramas set in the area between delight and discomfort that characterises the world of technology.
Robin Li is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Baidu. He is responsible for the company's overall business strategy and operations. In the 11 years since founding Baidu with Eric Xu, Robin has turned the company into China’s largest search engine, with over an 80% market share. Baidu also ranks as the second largestindependent search engine in the world. In August 2005, Baidu was listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange, and in December 2007 became the first Chinese company to be listed on the NASDAQ-100 Index.
As Senior Vice President for Research, Technology, and Society, James Manyika leads efforts to responsibly shape and advance Google and Alphabet's most ambitious innovations to benefit people and impact society for the better. He oversees Google Research, which pursues challenges and breakthroughs in computer science — including in AI, machine learning, algorithms, quantum computing, and responsible AI. He is Chair and Director emeritus of McKinsey Global Institute and Senior Partner emeritus of McKinsey.
Jess was previously a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the AI: Futures and Responsibility Programme at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, both at the University of Cambridge. She holds a PhD in Behavioural Science from the University of Warwick, and a Masters in Mathematics and Philosophy from University of Oxford.
Kate Kallot is a world-class technologist who has received sustained global acclaim in tech for social impact, most notably for her work advancing technology access across Africa. She has received multiple accolades for her work, including being named TIME 100 most influential people in AI and VentureBeat Women in AI Rising Star. Kate is the Founder & CEO of Amini, an impact-driven AI startup solving Africa's environmental data scarcity to support regenerating natural capital at scale.
Dr. Fei-Fei Li is the inaugural Sequoia Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University, and Co-Director of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute. She served as the Director of Stanford’s AI Lab from 2013 to 2018. And during her sabbatical from Stanford from January 2017 to September 2018, Dr. Li was Vice President at Google and served as Chief Scientist of AI/ML at Google Cloud. Since then she has served as a Board member or advisor in various public or private companies.
Aidan Gomez is Cofounder and CEO at Cohere, a company kickstarting a new chapter in machine learning by giving developers and businesses access to NLP that generates, categorizes, and organizes text at a scale that was previously unimaginable. Prior to Cohere, Aidan co-authored the paper “Attention is All You Need,” which introduced the groundbreaking Transformer architecture. He also collaborated with a number of AI luminaries, including Geoff Hinton and Jeff Dean, during his time at Google Brain, where the team focused their efforts on large-scale machine learning.
Anna Makanju is OpenAI's Vice President of Global Affairs, leading the company's policy and engagement strategy. She previously worked on technology regulation at Facebook and taught at Princeton. Anna spent eight years in the Obama/Biden administration, where she served as a senior policy advisor to the Vice President and in a number of national security and foreign policy roles at the White House, Department of State, and Pentagon.
Jack Clark is the co-founder of Anthropic, policy director of the AI Index, an expert member of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, co-chair of the OECD's working group on classifying and defining AI systems, and a non-resident research fellow at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). In his spare time, Jack writes Import AI, a newsletter about AI and AI policy read by more than 25,000 people around the world. Jack was formerly the policy director of OpenAI, an AI research company.
Congressman Ted W. Lieu was first elected in 2014 to represent California’s 33rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, succeeding retiring 40-year incumbent Henry Waxman. In 2016 and 2018, Congressman Lieu was reelected and currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He was also elected by his Democratic Colleagues to serve as a Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. Ted is a former active-duty officer in the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves, stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base.
Sarah leads EDRi's policy work on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and specifically the EU’s AI Regulation. She also works on issues of discrimination in a digital context, migration-related technologies, and works on a process of decolonising the digital rights field alongside the Digital Freedom Fund (DFF). She looks to make links between the digital and other social justice movements. Sarah has experience in racial and social justice and previously worked at the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) on a wide range of topics.
Dario Amodei is co-founder and chief executive officer at Anthropic, an artificial intelligence (AI) safety and research company working to build reliable, interpretable and steerable AI systems.Previously Dario was vice president of research at OpenAI, during which he set the overall research direction at the organization, led the efforts to build GPT-2 and GPT-3, and led several teams focused on long-term safety research, including how to make AI systems more interpretable and how to embed human preferences and values in future powerful AI systems. Before working at OpenAI, Dario was a senior research scientist at Google, serving as a deep learning researcher on the Google Brain team, working to extend the capabilities of neural networks.
Karp began his career founding Caedmon Group, a strategy and capital consulting group in New York City with money from his grandfather's inheritance. He also founded a hedge fund named Clarium Capital. Karp started Palantir in 2003 with co-founder, chairman and former Stanford classmate Peter Thiel. He worked with Stanford computer science graduates Joe Lonsdale, Stephen Cohen and PayPal engineer Nathan Gettings to code the software. The company's first and only customer from 2005-2008 was the CIA, who alpha tested and evaluated the software. Karp described his primary motivation for Palantir in July 2013, saying his goal is to "kill or maim" competitors including IBM and Booz Allen.
Clara Shih is CEO of Salesforce AI. In this role, she oversees artificial intelligence efforts across the company, including product, go-to-market, growth, adoption, and ecosystem for Einstein GPT, the world's #1 AI for CRM. Einstein GPT delivers over 1 trillion predictions and generative automations every week across Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Commerce Cloud, Industry Clouds, Mulesoft, Tableau, and Slack. Previously, Clara led Salesforce Service Cloud, the world’s #1 customer service, contact center, digital service, bots, and field service solution.
Stuart Russell is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, holder of the Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering, and Director of the Center for Human-Compatible AI. He is a recipient of the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award and held the Chaire Blaise Pascal in Paris. In 2021 he received the OBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. He is an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Ziad Obermeyer works at the intersection of machine learning and health. His research focuses on how machine learning can help doctors make better decisions (like whom to test for heart attack), and help researchers make new discoveries—by ‘seeing’ the world the way algorithms do (like finding new causes of pain that doctors miss, or linking individual body temperature set points to health outcomes). He has also shown how widely-used algorithms affecting millions of patients automate and scale up racial bias. That work has impacted how many organizations build and use algorithms, and how lawmakers and regulators hold AI accountable.
Holly Herndon (born March 10 1980 in Johnson City, Tennessee, United States) is an American composer, musician, and sound artist based in Berlin, Germany. Her music is primarily computer-based and often uses the visual programming language Max/MSP to create custom instruments and vocal processes.She has released music on the labels RVNG Intl. and 4AD. Herndon was recently announced a candidate for doctoral study in Electronic Music at Stanford University, and received her MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College under the guidance of John Bischoff, James Fei, Maggi Payne, and Fred Frith.
Ian Hogarth is a Visiting Professor of Practice at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), as well as an entrepreneur, investor and writer. Ian has been involved with software during his entire career. He studied information engineering at the University of Cambridge, specialising in machine learning during his Masters. His Masters project was a computer vision system to classify breast cancer biopsy images.
Meredith Whittaker is the President of Signal. She is the current Chief Advisor, and the former Faculty Director and Co-Founder of the AI Now Institute. Her research and advocacy focus on the social implications of artificial intelligence and the tech industry responsible for it, with a particular emphasis on power and the political economy driving the commercialization of computational technology.
Noam Shazeer is the co-founder and CEO of Character.AI, a full-stack AI computing platform that gives people access to their own flexible superintelligence. A renowned computer scientist and researcher, Shazeer is one of the foremost experts in artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP). He is a key author for the Transformer, a revolutionary deep learning model enabling language understanding, machine translation, and text generation that has become the foundation of many NLP models. A former member of the Google Brain team, Shazeer led the development of spelling corrector capabilities within Gmail, the algorithm at the heart of AdSense.
Eliezer Yudkowsky is a decision theorist and computer scientist at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute in Berkeley, California who is known for his work in technological forecasting. His publications include the Cambridge Handbook of Artificial Intelligence chapter “The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence,” co-authored with Nick Bostrom. Yudkowsky’s writings have helped spark a number of ongoing academic and public debates about the long-term impact of AI, and he has written a number of popular introductions to topics in cognitive science and formal epistemology, , such as “Rationality: From AI to Zombies” and “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality”.
Pushmeet Kohli is the Head of AI for Science at DeepMind, leading efforts including AlphaFold, a state-of-the-art AI system for predicting the 3D structure of proteins. Prior to this, he was the director of research at the Cognition group at Microsoft Research. Pushmeet's research centres on using AI to solve impactful real world science-related problems. He is particularly interested in the use of machine learning techniques to enable and accelerate life sciences research, and the use of this knowledge for understanding and intervening in disease. Pushmeet also actively leads research on new techniques to ensure that AI systems are safe, reliable and trustworthy.
Arvind Narayanan is a professor of computer science at Princeton and the director of the Center for Information Technology Policy. He co-authored a textbook on fairness and machine learning and is currently co-authoring a book on AI snake oil. He led the Princeton Web Transparency and Accountability Project to uncover how companies collect and use our personal information. His work was among the first to show how machine learning reflects cultural stereotypes, and his doctoral research showed the fundamental limits of de-identification. Narayanan is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), twice a recipient of the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Award.
Manu is working on tackling extreme poverty by providing dignified digital work to rural Indians. He’s currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Karya, a transformative AI collective that is enabling dignified livelihoods. In the last three years, his work has moved over 100,000 rural Indians out of extreme poverty. He graduated from Stanford University in 2017, where he co-founded CS+Social Good, Stanford’s first student group focused on technology and impact. He has also taught several tech for good courses in Stanford’s Computer Science Department. Students in his classes have built projects that reached over 30 million people in 15 countries around the globe.
Nathaniel Manning is the Director of Business Development and Strategy at Ushahidi, a non-profit tech company from Kenya that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization, and interactive mapping. He is also the Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of 9th Sense Robotics. Nathaniel sits on the World Economic Forum’s Personal Data Tiger Team, on Google’s Data Colloquium Team, and on the technical advisory board to The Rules, and is an alumnus of Singularity University.
Nina Jankowicz studies the intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe and the US as the Disinformation Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is the author of How To Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict (Bloomsbury/IBTauris), a New Statesman 2020 book of the year. Ms. Jankowicz has advised the Ukrainian government on strategic communications under the auspices of a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship.
Kate Crawford is a leading scholar of the social and political implications of artificial intelligence. Over her 20-year career, her work has focused on understanding large scale data systems, machine learning and AI in the wider contexts of history, politics, labor, and the environment. Kate is a Research Professor at USC Annenberg, a Senior Principal Researcher at MSR-NYC, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney.
As the cofounder of Google DeepMind, Shane Legg is driving one of the greatest transformations in history: the development of artificial general intelligence (AGI). He envisions a system with human-like intelligence that would be exponentially smarter than today's AI, with limitless possibilities and applications. In conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, Legg explores the evolution of AGI, what the world might look like when it arrives — and how to ensure it's built safely and ethically.
Sneha Revanur is a junior at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, Calif. As the founder and president of Encode Justice, an international, youth-led organization working to advance racial, social and economic justice in the age of artificial intelligence, she has mobilized hundreds of students across 30+ U.S. states and 20+ countries to fight for an equitable technological future. With roots in local organizing, Encode Justice's first initiative successfully opposed California Proposition 25, which would have mandated the use of racially biased risk assessment algorithms.
Daniel Gross, also known as Gross, is the founder at Pioneer and a technology angel investor. Gross has invested in companies like GitHub, Figma, Uber, Gusto, Notion, Opendoor, Cruise Automation and Coinbase. At age 18, he was accepted into the Y Combinator incubator, leading him from an Israeli military camp to Silicon Valley. There he created a social search startup called Cue, which was acquired by Apple for its predictive search capabilities in 2013.
Dan Hendrycks is the founding director of the Centre of AI Safety, an organisation which rose to prominence after their co-signed statement on existential risks resulted in the UN Secretary-General calling for an “international AI watchdog”. Prior to focusing on AI safety specifically, Hendrycks was an accomplished AI researcher in his own right; he made significant contributions to the field, including a widely-used algorithm used in foundation models such as GPT-3.
Ghanaian-American-Canadian computer scientist and digital activist based at the MIT Media Lab. Dr. Joy Buolamwini is the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, an award-winning researcher, and poet of code. Dr. Joy is the author of Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What is Human in a World of Machines. She advises world leaders, policymakers, and executives on redressing algorithmic harms. Her work is featured in global exhibitions and the documentary Coded Bias available on Netflix.
Sougwen Chung is an internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist, who uses hand-drawn and computer-generated marks to address the closeness between person-to-person and person-to-machine communication. She is a former researcher at MIT Media Lab and current Artist in Resident at Bell Labs and New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Her speculative critical practice spans installation, sculpture, still image, drawing, and performance.
Yejin Choi is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research combines natural language processing with computer vision, exploring image captioning, multimodal knowledge learning, and visual entailment. She has also worked on modeling connotation and writing style to analyze why the text is written (intent) and by whom (identity). Choi received a PhD in computer science from Cornell University. She was a co-recipient of the Marr Prize at ICCV 2013.
Dr. Rumman Chowdhury’s passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She is a pioneer in the field of applied algorithmic ethics, creating cutting-edge socio-technical solutions for ethical, explainable and transparent AI. She is an active contributor to discourse around responsible technology with bylines in The Atlantic, Forbes, Harvard Business Review and VentureBeat. Her current endeavor is the nonprofit Humane Intelligence, which brings hands-on critical tech education to a broad community via red-teaming exercises and bias bounty challenges.
Pelonomi has spent 8 years in the data science domain, leading data science teams in developing and productionalising machine learning solutions in the finance industry. She has Biomedical and Electrical Engineering degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and an MSc from Tohoku University where she did research on a deep learning application for neurophysiology.
Elham Tabassi is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Associate Director for Emerging Technologies in the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). As the ITL’s Associate Director for Emerging Technologies, Elham assists NIST leadership and management at all levels in determining future strategic direction for research, development, standards, testing and evaluation in the areas of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.
Verity Harding is a globally recognised expert in AI, technology and public policy. She is currently Director of the AI and Geopolitics Project (AIxGEO) at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. Verity’s career has focussed on the intersection of technology and democracy. She spent a decade at Alphabet, latterly as DeepMind’s first Global Head of Public Policy, where in 2017 she co-founded the company’s research and ethics unit, as well as the independent multi-stakeholder organisation, Partnership on AI.
Max Tegmark is an MIT professor who who loves thinking about life's big questions, and has authored 2 books and more than 200 technical papers on topics from cosmology to artificial intelligence. He is known as "Mad Max" for his unorthodox ideas and passion for adventure. He is also president of the Future of Life Institute, which aims to ensure that we develop not only technology, but also the wisdom required to use it beneficially.
Kalika Bali works work broadly in the area of speech and language technology, especially in the use of linguistic models for building technology that offers a more natural human-computer interactions, and technology for low-resource languages. She has been working in the field of Speech and Natural Language Processing for over two decades and believes that local language technology especially with speech interfaces, can help millions of people gain entry into a world that is till now almost inaccessible to them.
Dr Shakir Mohamed works on technical and sociotechnical questions in machine learning and artificial intelligence research, aspiring to make contributions to machine learning principles, applied problems in healthcare and environment, and ethics and diversity. Shakir is a research scientist and lead at DeepMind in London, an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, and a Honorary Professor of University College London.
Ted Chiang is an American speculative fiction writer. His Chinese name is Chiang Feng-nan.He was born in Port Jefferson, New York and graduated from Brown University with a Computer Science degree. He currently works as a technical writer in the software industry and resides in Bellevue, near Seattle, Washington. He is a graduate of the noted Clarion Writers Workshop.
Sunil is the Founder-Donor of WISH Foundation, which runs over 300 technology-enabled health clinics in some of the poorest areas in India. He was the Co-Founder and CEO of iGate Corporation, an IT services firm which grew to over 34,000 employees and was sold for $4.5 billion in 2015. He has served on the boards of several institutions including Carnegie-Mellon University, George Washington University and United Way Worldwide.
Abeba Birhane is a cognitive scientist, currently a Senior Advisor in AI Accountability at the Mozilla Foundation and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin (working with Trinity’s Complex Software Lab). She researches human behaviour, social systems, and responsible and ethical artificial intelligence and was recently appointed to the UN’s Advisory Body on AI.
Nancy Xu's work experience includes founding and serving as the CEO of Moonhub, a company focused on building LLMs and search for recruiting. Nancy also founded and acted as the General Partner of Xu Ventures, where they invested in founders working on visionary missions and co-invested with notable organizations and individuals. Nancy previously worked at AKASA and Illumina in AI and the Office of the CEO, respectively.
Neal Khosla's startup Curai Health is using AI to help improve the scale and efficiency of virtual care delivery. The goal is to make primary care accessible to the uninsured, gig and minimum-wage workers by cutting costs for both in-person and telehealth businesses.
Stephanie Dinkins is a New York based transmedia artist. She creates platforms for dialog about artificial intelligence as it intersects race, gender, aging, and our future histories. Dinkins is particularly focused on working with communities of color to co-create more inclusive, fair and ethical artificial intelligent ecosystems.
Kashmir Hill writes about the unexpected and sometimes ominous ways technology is changing our lives, particularly when it comes to our privacy. She is a tech reporter at The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Popular Science, and The Washington Post.
Paul Scharre is the award-winning author of Four Battlegrounds and Army of None. He is the vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security. Scharre is a former Pentagon policy analyst and a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He formerly led the language model alignment team at OpenAI and became founder and head of the non-profit Alignment Research Center (ARC), which works on theoretical AI alignment and evaluations of machine learning models. In 2023, Christiano was named as one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People in AI (TIME100 AI).
Kelly McKernan is a professional fine artist and freelance illustrator based in Nashville, Tennessee. She is best known for her watercolor paintings within the Imaginative Realism movement, making use of surreal imagery, graphic elements, and female subjects. Kelly's work frequents galleries such as Gallery 1988, Arch Enemy Arts, Haven Gallery, Modern Eden Gallery, and Spoke Art. Kelly is also an instructor with The Fantastic Workshop, a sponsored artist with Grumbacher, and a member of the internationally recognized PRISMA Artist Collective.
Inioluwa Deborah Raji is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, and Mozilla fellow. She is interested in questions on algorithmic auditing and evaluation. In the past, she worked closely with the Algorithmic Justice League initiative to highlight bias in deployed AI products. She has also worked with Googleʼs Ethical AI team and been a research fellow at the Partnership on AI and AI Now Institute at New York University, working on various projects to operationalize ethical considerations in ML engineering practice.
Emily M. Bender is an American linguist who works on multilingual grammar engineering, technology for endangered language documentation, computational semantics, and methodologies for supporting consideration of impacts language technology in NLP research, development, and education. She is the Howard and Frances Nostrand Endowed Professor of Linguistics at the University of Washington. Her work includes the LinGO Grammar Matrix, an open-source starter kit for the development of broad-coverage precision HPSG grammars.
Keith J. Dreyer, DO, PhD, FACR, FSIIM, is Chief Data Science Officer and Vice President for Enterprise Medical Imaging for Partners Healthcare. He also holds the positions of Vice Chairman of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Chief Data Science and Information Officer for the Departments of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Radiology at the Harvard Medical School.
Patent-pending AI scientist, previously worked on drug discovery at Atomwise & trash sorting. Bachelors and Masters from Carnegie Mellon. Formally founded in May 2020, Refiberd is billed as “the solution the textile world has been waiting for” and has been chosen as a “Top 5 Social & Culture Finalist” in the SXSW 2021 Pitch Competition this March.
Andrew Hopkins is the Founder and Chief Executive of Exscientia plc, where he has pioneered the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to design new medicines. Hopkins led the teams that discovered the first drugs to enter human clinical trials which were designed with the extensive use of machine learning and AI generative methods. For its end-to-end AI-driven precision medicine platform, Exscientia won the Prix Galien USA for Digital Health in 2022 and the Prix Galien UK in the same category in 2023.
Gebru, a widely respected leader in AI ethics research, is known for coauthoring a groundbreaking paper that showed facial recognition to be less accurate at identifying women and people of color, which means its use can end up discriminating against them. She also cofounded the Black in AI affinity group, and champions diversity in the tech industry. The team she helped build at Google is one of the most diverse in AI and includes many leading experts in their own right.
Kapoor is a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. His research critically investigates machine learning methods and their use in science and has been featured in WIRED, the Los Angeles Times, and Nature, among other media outlets. At Princeton, Kapoor organized The Reproducibility Crisis in ML-based Science, a workshop that saw more than 1,700 registrations. He has worked on machine learning in several institutions and academia, including Facebook, Columbia University, and EPFL Switzerland.
Linda Dounia Rebeiz is a Senegalese transdisciplinary artist. Through her artistic practice, she questions and heals from the influence of power structures, explores experiences of pain, and imagines possible futures. Her artistic practice highlights the power structures that affect black women’s identities and bodies and determine their relationship to freedom. The artist uses several disciplines, including visual and digital art, poetry, and experimental music production.
Recognized worldwide as one of the leading experts in artificial intelligence, Yoshua Bengio is most known for his pioneering work in deep learning, earning him the 2018 A.M. Turing Award, “the Nobel Prize of Computing,” with Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun. He is a Full Professor at Université de Montréal, and the Founder and Scientific Director of Mila – Quebec AI Institute. He co-directs the CIFAR Learning in Machines & Brains program as Senior Fellow and acts as Scientific Director of IVADO.
Grimes, Elon Musk's girlfriend at the time and one of the most forward-thinking artists, had little chance of avoiding the NFT craze. Furthermore, Grimes not only entered the world of token art, but also became one of the market's most successful players. Born and raised in Vancouver, she first became involved with the underground music scene and began recording her own experimental music while attending McGill University in Montreal.Boucher released the studio albums Geidi Primes and Halfaxa through Arbutus Records in 2010, and signed a secondary recording contract with 4AD in 2011.
Richard Mathenge was part of a team of contractors in Nairobi, Kenya who trained OpenAI's GPT models. He did so as a team lead at Sama, an AI training company that partnered on the project. In this episode of Big Technology Podcast, Mathenge tells the story of his experience. During the training, he was routinely subjected to sexually explicit material, offered insufficient counseling, and his team members were paid, in some cases, just $1 per hour.
The younger half of the writing-directing-producing team known as The Wachowskis, Lilly Wachowski emerged alongside older sister Lana from the comic book world to direct "The Matrix" (1999), one of the most successful and influential film franchises of all time. Prior to "The Matrix," Wachowski entered Hollywood by way of co-writing "Assassins" (1995) for Richard Donner before co-directing the steamy neo-noir "Bound" (1995).

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