Alex Wissner-Gross, Ph.D.

Technology Advisor

Dr. Alexander D. Wissner-Gross is an award-winning computer scientist, entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. He has taught at Harvard and MIT, received 128 major distinctions, authored 23 publications, been granted 26 issued, pending, and provisional patents, and founded, advised, and invested in more than 35 technology companies.

In 1998 and 1999, respectively, he won the USA Computer Olympiad and the Intel Science Talent Search. In 2003, he became the last person in MIT history to earn a triple major, with bachelor's degrees in Physics, Electrical Science and Engineering, and Mathematics, and graduated first in his class from the MIT School of Engineering with a MarshallScholarship. In 2007, he completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Harvard, where his research on neuromorphic computing, machine learning, and programmable matter was awarded the Hertz Foundation's Doctoral Thesis Prize.

A thought leader in artificial intelligence and cyber-physical systems, he is a contributing author of the New York Times ScienceBestseller, "This Idea Must Die," and the Amazon #1 New Release, "What to Think About Machines That Think." A popular TED speaker, his talks have been viewed more than 2 million times and translated into 27 languages. His work has been featured in more than 200 press outlets worldwide, including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNN, USAToday, and Wired.