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Oren Etzioni
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June 6, 2016: Oren Etzioni, CEO of The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Among other topics, Oren discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • High impact Artificial Intelligence research and engineering at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Some promising future outcomes of developments within the artificial intelligence field
  • Why equating intelligence with autonomy is inaccurate
  • His perspectives on the dangers of artificial intelligence that have been expressed by major technology leaders
  • Job displacement and the role of government in ensuring an easier transition
  • Methods he uses to stay current on upcoming technology trends
  • The role Paul Allen plays in the day to day operations
  • Partner organizations and the benefits of those partnerships
  • The people who most influenced him to become a serial entrepreneur
  • The significance of Alpha Go defeating the human international champion of Go
  • Advice on the use of artificial intelligence for enterprises considering the use of AI

Oren Etzioni’s Biography

Oren is the Chief Executive Officer of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a role he has had since 2014.  The mission of the Institute is “to contribute to humanity through high-impact AI research and engineering.” The goal of Oren’s research is to solve fundamental problems in AI, particularly the automatic learning of knowledge from text.

Oren has been a professor at the University of Washington’s Computer Science Department since 1991, and has also been the founder or co-founder of multiple companies, including Farecast which was sold to Microsoft in 2008, and Decide, which was sold to eBay in 2013, among others.

Oren received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harvard and his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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