Bio


Damon Horowitz works at the intersection of technology and the humanities. He recently served as In-House Philosopher / Director of Engineering at Google, leading a company-wide personalization initiative with a focus on data privacy issues. He has taught courses in philosophy, AI, and cognitive science at Columbia, NYU, Stanford, U Penn, and San Quentin State Prison; and he has served on the Board of several arts and humanities non-profits, including CalHumanities. In industry, he built several startups based on his natural language processing research, including Aardvark (acquired by Google), Perspecta (acquired by Excite), Novation Biosciences (acquired by Agilent), and NewsDB (Daylife); and is currently Consulting Philosopher at AltSchool. 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 the Chronicle of Higher Education to NPR to TechCrunch. He earned his BA from Columbia, his MS in Artificial Intelligence from the MIT Media Lab, and his PhD in Philosophy from Stanford University.

Academic Appointments


  • Adjunct Professor, Symbolic Systems

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Board of Directors, California Humanities (2012 - Present)

2016-17 Courses


All Publications