Tom Gruber is a researcher, designer, entrepreneur, and AI thought leader with a focus on technology to augment human intelligence. He was cofounder, CTO and VP Design for Siri, which created the first intelligent assistant for everyone. Siri was started in 2008, launched in early 2010, and soon after became part of Apple. Siri is now intrinsic to the Apple ecosystem, and is used around the world over 2 billion times a week. At Apple, Tom created and led the Advanced Development Group to bring AI to the UI for current and future products.
Tom has also applied AI to support collective human intelligence. His research at Stanford in Artificial Intelligence, 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.com, a popular collective knowledge system where travelers from around the world share their experiences.
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 supports the Center for Humane Technology.
Tom has served as in an advisory role with many companies including LinkedIn, SocialText, Internet Archive, Mindjet, Radar Networks, and Powerset. He currently advises companies and organizations that use AI to have a positive impact on humanity, including leaders in Conversational and Predictive Assistance, Natural Language Processing, Mental Health Care, and Assistive Neurotech. He is co-founder and CTO of a new company doing Adaptive Music.
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