Chief Science Officer
Steve is president of both Possibility Research and Self-Aware Systems, a think tank working to ensure that intelligent technologies have a positive impact. He was a computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and cofounded the Center for Complex Systems Research. He published the book Geometric Perturbation Theory in Physics, designed the programming languages StarLisp and Sather, wrote the 3D graphics system for Mathematica, and built systems which learn to read lips, control robots, and induce grammars. He’s done internationally recognized work on AI safety and strategies for creating beneficial technologies. He earned degrees in physics and mathematics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.