Damon Horowitz explores what is possible at the boundaries of technology and the humanities.

Why you should listen

Damon Horowitz is a philosophy professor and serial entrepreneur. He recently joined Google as In-House Philosopher / Director of Engineering, heading development of several initiatives involving social and search. He came to Google from Aardvark, the social search engine, where he was co-founder and CTO, overseeing product development and research strategy. Prior to Aardvark, Horowitz built several companies around applications of intelligent language processing. He co-founded Perspecta (acquired by Excite), was lead architect for Novation Biosciences (acquired by Agilent), and co-founded NewsDB (now Daylife).

Horowitz teaches courses in philosophy, cognitive science, and computer science at several institutions, including Stanford, NYU, University of Pennsylvania and San Quentin State Prison.

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What others say

“Damon seems to have realized in reverse order that the horse belongs in front of the carriage -- that humanity should lead technology, not vice versa.” — Visualplant, YouTube

Damon Horowitz’s TED talks

Quotes from Damon Horowitz

Can you tell me what wrong is? No, don’t just give me an example. I want to know about wrongness itself, the idea of wrong.
Damon Horowitz
TED2011 • 804K views Nov 2011
Inspiring, Fascinating
Tony learns about the ontologically promiscuous, the epistemologically anxious, the ethically dubious, the metaphysically ridiculous.
Damon Horowitz
TED2011 • 804K views Nov 2011
Inspiring, Fascinating
We are here for knowledge. Our enemy is thoughtlessness. This is philosophy.
Damon Horowitz
TED2011 • 804K views Nov 2011
Inspiring, Fascinating