Biography

Steve Omohundro has been a scientist, professor, author, software architect, and entrepreneur doing research on natural and artificial intelligence. He has degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Physics from U.C. Berkeley. He was a computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and cofounded the Center for Complex Systems Research. He published the book “Geometric Perturbation Theory in Physics”, designed the programming languages StarLisp and Sather, wrote the 3D graphics system for Mathematica, invented many new learning algorithms (including manifold learning, model merging, bumptrees, and family discovery), and built systems which learn to read lips, control robots, and induce grammars. He has worked with many research labs and startup companies. He created the think tank Self-Aware Systems to analyze the social impact of intelligent systems and to develop approaches that are provably safe and beneficial for humanity. This work has been in the media recently: a TEDx talk, an Oxford keynote, the book “Our Final Invention”, and stories in the Boston Globe,  USA Today, The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, NPR, Future Talk TV, and Singularity 1 on 1. Steve recently started Possibility Research to develop a new kind of intelligent software to improve programming, decision making, contracts, and governance. Steve is an award-winning teacher and has given hundreds of talks around the world. Some of his talks and scientific papers are available here. In addition to his scientific work, Steve is passionate about human growth and transformation. He has trained in Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication, Gendlin’s Focusing, Travell’s Trigger Point Therapy, Bohm’s Dialogue, Beck’s Life Coaching, and Schwarz’s Internal Family Systems Therapy. He holds the vision that new technologies can help humanity create a more compassionate, peaceful, and life-serving world.

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