Steve Omohundro has been a scientist, professor, author, software architect, and entrepreneur. He is a Research Scientist at Facebook working on AI-based simulation for improving a variety of systems. He has degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Physics from U.C. Berkeley. He was an award-winning computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and cofounded the Center for Complex Systems Research. He was the Chief Scientist of AIBrain and served on its Board of Directors. He was the Founder and CEO of Possibility Research which worked to develop new foundations for Artificial Intelligence based on precise mathematical semantics and Self-Aware Systems which worked to make intelligent technologies beneficial for humanity.
Steve published the book “Geometric Perturbation Theory in Physics”, designed the first data parallel language StarLisp at Thinking Machines, wrote the 3D graphics for Mathematica, developed fast neural data structures like balltrees, designed the fastest and safest object-oriented language Sather, invented manifold learning, co-created the first neural focus of attention systems, co-designed the best lip reading system, invented model merging for fast one-shot learning, co-designed the best stochastic grammar learning system, co-created the first Bayesian image search engine PicHunter, invented self-improving AI, discovered the Basic AI Drives, and proposed many of the basic AI safety mechanisms including AI smart contracts. 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. He holds the vision that new technologies can help humanity create a more compassionate, peaceful, and life-serving world.