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Jerry Kaplan        

Serial Entrepreneur, Artificial Intelligence Expert, Author & Futurist

Jerry Kaplan is widely known as a serial entrepreneur, Artificial Intelligence expert, bestselling author, and futurist. He co-founded four Silicon Valley startups, two of which became publicly traded companies. His best-selling non-fiction novel "Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure" was selected by Business Week as one of the top ten business books of the year. His latest book, “Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”, was published August, 2015 by Yale University Press. Mr. Kaplan is currently a Fellow at the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, and teaches ethics and impact of Artificial Intelligence in the Computer Science Department. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago in History and Philosophy of Science, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Speech Topics


  • Humans Need Not Apply: The Promise and Perils of Artificial Intelligence
  • The Five Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make
  • What is Artificial Intelligence?
  • So You Want to Start a Company?
  • “Officer, Arrest that Robot!” – Artificial Intelligence and the Law
  • Can a Machine have a Mind?
  • Talk to my Agent: Civilized Robots for a Human World
  • Designing Skynet: Computational Ethics and Military Applications of Artificial Intelligence
  • Artificial Intelligence and Religious Faith
  • The Pink Slip Blizzard: How Robots will Steal Our Jobs

Artificial Intelligence

Historical perspective, state of the art, future impact on jobs, the economy, and specific industries.

Entrepreneurship

The pitfalls and opportunities of starting a business, an insider’s view of the Silicon Valley, historical perspective, including first person anecdotes about legendary tech-industry movers and shakers.

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