Innovative Ideas for a Better World

I’m Steve Omohundro and I’ve been a scientist, professor, author, and entrepreneur. I have a Ph.D. in mathematical physics but most of my work focuses on natural and artificial intelligence. I’m passionate about both understanding the world and creating new technologies that benefit humanity.

My current projects:

1) Possibility Research: is developing a new approach to intelligent technology and its regulation based on semantic software.

2) Self-Aware Systems: is working to ensure that intelligent technologies are safe and beneficial for humanity. Our work has been widely discussed in books, newspapers, radio, and television. “Autonomous Technology and the Greater Human Good”  was the most downloaded paper ever in the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence.

3) Design Economics advisory board: A startup founded by Rod Wallace that aims to help people make better economic decisions. The first product is “Kitchen Right”, a tool that supports kitchen remodeling decisions.

4) Dfinity Cryptocurrency advisory board: A startup founded by Dominic Williams that will enable micro-transactions for the Internet of Things and create a stable currency for emerging economies.

5) Cryptocurrency Research Group board: CCRG is the first cross-disciplinary research group focused on studying cryptocurrencies and other decentralized consensus technologies.

6) Institute for Blockchain Studies advisory board: exploring “Bitcoin 3.0” applications in government, health, science, literacy, culture, and art.

7) Cognitalk advisory board: A startup founded by Stefan Knerr which aims to dramatically improve speech-based human/computer interaction using new artificial intelligence technologies.

8) Center for the Study of Mind: Don Kimber, Forrest Bennett, and I are working with a group of neuroscientists, physicists, psychologists, economists, and computer scientists to develop a new interdisciplinary theory of intelligence which applies equally to microbes, brains, organisms, ecosystems, economies, and societies.

9) Silicon Valley ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence: George Gregory, Tuna Oezer, and I created this group to support researchers and students in machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, robotics, and other AI fields. We are working to create a vibrant intellectual community with expository and tutorial lectures on a variety of AI topics.

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