“It is a convenient truth: You go into the humanities to pursue your intellectual passion; and it just so happens, as a by-product, that you emerge as a desired commodity for industry.”
Horowitz earned his B.A. from Columbia, M.S. from the MIT Media Lab, and Ph.D. from Stanford. Currently teaches Philosophy in the Core Curriculum at Columbia University; previously, he taught at Stanford, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, and San Quentin State Prison.
He recently served as In-House Philosopher/Director of Engineering at Google, heading development of personalization and privacy initiatives. Also, he built several companies based on automated language processing, including Aardvark (acquired by Google), Perspecta (acquired by Excite), Novation Biosciences (acquired by Agilent), and NewsDB (now Daylife).
He is a popular public speaker at venues ranging from TED to AAAI to O'Reilly conferences, and his work has been featured in media ranging from The New York Times to Discovery Channel to TechCrunch. Horowitz serves on the Board of several arts and humanities non-profits and mission-driven for-profit technology enterprises. Damon is a leading thinking at the intersection of technology and the humanities.
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