Neil Jacobstein

Singularity Chair: Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

Neil Jacobstein is the chairman of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University. He is a founding Singularity Expert, member and past President of Singularity. He is a mediaX Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, where his ongoing work focuses on augmented decision systems. Jacobstein is deeply interdisciplinary and has a keen sense of how the arts and sciences can integrate. He has a rare combination of good business judgment and technical vision about how to get results from exponential technologies. Jacobstein is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and a founder and Board Director of the Aspen Institute in New Zealand. He has moderated many Aspen Institute seminars on the technical and ethical implications of advanced technologies. During the past year, Neil created and moderated two well received Aspen NZ seminars: Artificial Intelligence and Decision Making in a Time of Crisis. In June 2020 Neil was appointed by Queenstown Mayor to the Advisory Group for Regeneration and Recovery. Neil is actively consulting for Remarkables Park on advanced development projects in Queenstown.Jacobstein has been actively involved in applying AI to practical business problems for more than 25 years. He was CEO of Teknowledge Corp, a pioneering AI company that did successful AI application work but was decades too early for the mass adoption we see today. Neil has practical and strategic AI/ML system building and technical R&D consulting experience with a long list of industrial and governmental partners, including: Deloitte, E&Y, PWC, Boeing, GM, Ford, BMW, GE, Applied Materials, Texas Medical Center, NASA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation, NIH, EPA, DOE, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, GM, Ford, Boeing, Applied Materials, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and more. Neil continues to review technical papers for AAAI's Innovative Applications of AI Conference. Jacobstein is a Venture Partner at Bold Capital Partners.Jacobstein was appointed by the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to the Earth and Life Studies Committee for the period 2015-2021. He was appointed in 2020 to the Academy's Strategic Planning Committee (this small group has all the top Academy Officers). Neil is the Technical Infrastructure Leader on the 2020 XPRIZE COVID Pandemic Alliance. He was appointed in 2016 to the Founding Editorial Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Science Robotics journal and continues to serve there (Impact Factor 18.5). Jacobstein has given invited industrial talks worldwide on the technical, business, and ethical implications of AI, robotics, and nanotechnology. He continues to serve in a wide variety of consulting and board advisory roles for industry, startup, nonprofit, and government organizations.