Adam Cheyer, co-founder of both Siri, Inc. and Viv Labs was featured by his alma mater as one of their UCLA Optimists. UCLA Optimists are alumni who take on any challenge and find a solution. They are people who make our lives better because of something they discovered, improved, invented or created. The feature says this:
“Adam Cheyer was named an ‘outstanding master’s student’ while at UCLA, which is like saying that Thomas Edison was pretty smart. Cheyer is a pivotal figure in cutting-edge artificial intelligence research, a co-founder of Siri Inc. and program director in SRI’s Artificial Intelligence Center, where he served as chief architect of the CALO project (Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes), one of the largest government-sponsored AI and machine-learning projects in U.S. history. Today, he is co-founder and vice president of engineering at Viv Labs, a startup dedicated to providing the world with ‘an intelligent interface to everything.’ But while he appreciates that ‘AI is being applied to all sorts of tangibly useful tasks,’ Cheyer says, ‘I particularly like it when AI is applied to creative or artistic domains, which, to me, gets to the heart of what makes humans human.’”
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