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Tom Gruber  

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Tom Gruber is a product designer and entrepreneur who uses AI technology to augment human intelligence. He was cofounder, CTO, and head of design for the team that created Siri, the intelligent assistant. In 2011, Siri brought AI to the mainstream user experience, and is now used more than 2 billion times a week in over 30 countries. At Apple for over 8 years, Tom led the Advanced Development Group that designed and prototyped new capabilities for products that bring intelligence to the interface.

Tom promotes the philosophy of Humanistic AI, which he presented in a popular TED talk. He was a founding board member of the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society and advocates for the Center for Humane Technology.

Throughout his career, Tom has explored the intersection of AI and the UI between humans and computers. In the 1980’s he built AI models for communication prosthesis systems that gave voices to the speechless, and interfaces for experts to build their own expert systems. At Stanford University he developed the first interactive documents on the web that generated natural language answers in response to questions about how things work. His AI research, particularly ontology engineering, helped lay the groundwork for semantic information sharing and the Semantic Web.

He has created several products and companies that support human collaboration and knowledge sharing. He invented HyperMail, the widely used open-source application that turns email conversations into collective memories on the Web. He was founder and CTO of Intraspect Software, which pioneered the space of Collaborative Knowledge Management — software that helps large communities of professionals contribute to and learn from a collective body of knowledge. He designed and built RealTravel, a collective knowledge system where millions of travelers from around the world share their experiences.

Tom advises companies and organizations that use AI to have a positive impact on humanity, including leaders in Collaboration, Semantic Search, Natural Language Processing, Mental Health Care, Assistive Neurotech, and Adaptive Music.

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Guiding Big Data AI to achieve Intended Consequences


Apple designer Tom Gruber TED Talk on Siri, future of AI: VIDEO ...

Apple's Tom Gruber gave a talk for TED in April about his vision for a future where computers and artificial intelligence can supercharge what humans can do .

Apple Predicts Black Mirror Memory Implants Could Soon Be a Reality

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