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Can tech and the humanities ever really work together?



Damon Horowitz, Google's In-House Philosopher


Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm





Can tech and the humanities ever really work together?

Can tech and the humanities ever really work together?


Why not hear from Google's former in-house philosopher to find out?


We hear all the time about the importance of ethics in the tech world, and about how humanities students shouldn't be afraid to break out into STEM fields. But how does that actually work? How can we demonstrate that our skills and training bring something valuable to the industry that has the most power to shape our world in the 21st century? Damon Horowitz will share his own trajectory that combines both philosophy and tech and offer his thoughts on the broader future of this kind of interdisciplinary work.


Join us for dinner and conversation about the future of humanities education in a technological era.


Please RSVP here if you plan on attending, and we look forward to seeing you in Room 252, Pigott Hall, at 6.00pm next Thursday.




Dr. Damon Horowitz is a Philosophy Professor and Serial Entrepreneur. His work explores what is possible at the boundaries of technology and the humanities.


Damon currently serves as a consultant for a small portfolio of mission-driven organizations, with a focus on AI and Ethics. Most recently he was an advisor for AltSchool, as interim Chief Academic Officer. Previously he worked at Google as In-House Philosopher / Director of Engineering, heading development of several personalization initiatives. He joined Google from Aardvark, the popular social search engine, where he was co-founder and CTO, overseeing product development and research strategy. Prior to Aardvark, Damon built several companies around applications of intelligent language processing. He co-founded Perspecta (acquired by Excite), was lead architect for Novation Biosciences (acquired by Agilent), and co-founded NewsDB (Daylife).


Damon teaches courses in philosophy, cognitive science, and computer science at several institutions, including Stanford, NYU, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, and San Quentin State Prison. He has spoken at conferences ranging from TED to AAAI to Web2.0, and his work has been featured in media ranging from the New York Times to Discovery Channel to TechCrunch.

Damon earned his B.A. from Columbia, M.S. in Artificial Intelligence from the MIT Media Lab, and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford.