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Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Over the course of nearly four decades, he has been a pioneer in the development and application of computational thinking—and has been responsible for many discoveries, inventions…

Gino Yu

Gino Yu is the Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development and the Founding Head of the Multimedia Innovation Center at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he is currently an associate professor. He received his BS and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley and has over 60 conference and journal publications. Yu has…

Geoffrey West

Geoffrey West is a British theoretical physicist, former president and distinguished professor of the Santa Fe Institute. He is one of the leading scientists working on a scientific model of cities. West received his BA from Cambridge University in 1961 and his doctorate from Stanford University in 1966, where he returned in 1970 to become…

Max Tegmark

Max Tegmark is Professor of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a BS in Physics and a BA in Economics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He also earned a MA and PhD in physics from University of California, Berkeley. Tegmark later returned to Europe and accepted an appointment as a…

Frank Wilczek

Frank Wilczek is an American theoretical physicist, mathematician and a Nobel laureate. He is currently the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in Mathematics at Princeton University, and a PhD in Physics at…

Eric Steinhart

Eric Steinhart is a Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. He received his BS in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University before earning an MA in Philosophy from Boston College, focusing on the history of philosophy. He was awarded the PhD in Philosophy from SUNY at Stony Brook, winning the first “Distinguished Dissertation”…

Seth Lloyd

Seth Lloyd is a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He refers to himself as a “quantum mechanic”. Lloyd received a BA from Harvard College. He earned a certificate of advanced study in mathematics and a master of philosophy degree from Cambridge University, while on a Marshall Scholarship. Lloyd was awarded…

Marvin Minsky

Marvin Lee Minsky was an American cognitive scientist in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), co-founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AI laboratory, and author of several texts on AI and philosophy. Minsky served in the US Navy from 1944 to 1945. He held a BA in Mathematics from Harvard (1950) and a PhD in…

Stuart Kauffman

Stuart Alan Kauffman is an American theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher who studies the origin of life on Earth. Kauffman graduated from Dartmouth in 1960, was awarded the BA (Hons) by Oxford University (where he was a Marshall Scholar) in 1963, and completed a medical degree (MD) at the University of California, San Francisco…

Raymond Kurzweil

Raymond “Ray” Kurzweil is an American author, inventor, futurist, and Director of Engineering at Google. Aside from futurology, he is involved in fields such as optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. He is the author of several books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanism, the technological singularity, and…

Jaron Lanier

Jaron Zepel Lanier is an American computer scientist, best known for popularizing the term virtual reality (VR). A pioneer in the field of VR, Lanier and Thomas G. Zimmerman left Atari in 1985 to found VPL Research, Inc., the first company to sell VR goggles and gloves. In the late 1990s, Lanier worked on applications…

Subhash Kak

Subhash Kak is Regents Professor of Computer Science Department at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Born in Srinagar, Kashmir, Kak was educated in various places in Jammu and Kashmir. He completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. During 1975-1976, he was a visiting faculty at Imperial College, London, and a…