Jerry Kaplan is widely known as a futurist, Artificial Intelligence expert, serial entrepreneur, technical innovator, educator, and bestselling author. He is a Silicon Valley veteran best known for his key role in defining the tablet computer industry as well as co-founder of four Silicon Valley startups. He also teaches at Stanford University.
Jerry Kaplan founded several technology companies, two of which became public companies. Kaplan was founder and CEO of GO Corporation, and prior to GO, he co-founded Teknowledge, one of the first artificial intelligence companies to commercialise Expert Systems. In 1994, Jerry Kaplan then co-founded Onsale, the world’s first Internet auction website, which went public in 1997. In 2004, he pioneered the emerging market for social games by starting Winster.com, where he served as CEO for eight years.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University where he serves as Strategic Director at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also a Fellow at the Center for Legal Informatics at Stanford University Law School, and teaches Social and Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Stanford’s top-ranked Computer Science Department. He is an inventor on more than a dozen patents.
Jerry Kaplan is the author of three books, including the best-selling classic Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure. Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence was honoured by The Economist as one of the top ten science and technology books of 2015. His latest book, Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know was a 2016 Amazon #1 best seller.
Jerry Kaplan received the 1998 Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Northern California; served on the Governor’s Electronic Commerce Advisory Council Member under Pete Wilson, Governor of California (1999); and received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from California International Business University, San Diego, California (2004). He endowed the Aravind K. Joshi Term Assistant Professorship in Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Muriel S. Kaplan Sculpture Building at the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Red Herring, and Upside.
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