Search Mastery Speaker Series: The search for Knowledge—how technology changes everything you know (literally) and how you know everything

Event Start Date: Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 11:00 am

Location: Virtual

Daniel M. Russell
Free Range Research Scientist

In the internet age, how do people search for information? Imagine your life without a search engine or without your phone in hand. Nearly instant access to the world’s knowledge has fundamentally changed the way we think about information and what knowledge really means. But what new realities can we expect from new technologies like AI and ML (machine learning)? Dan Russell, research scientist, has been working at the intersection of AI and humans for 40 years and has seen AI tech come and go, and come back again. Surprisingly, AI is already deeply embedded in many of the products you use every day. Where will AI change products and our lives going forward? It helps to see the future through the lens of the past—there’s hype, and then there’s reality. This talk will bring a uniquely deep perspective on the debates.

Daniel M. Russell has been working in Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction for nearly 40 years. He has worked at several of the top technology invention companies in Silicon Valley (Google, Apple, Xerox, IBM) and has been at the forefront of many of their innovations. He teaches in the Human-AI group at Stanford’s Computer Science department, and is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Zürich Informatics department. Dan was in the core search engineering team at Google for over 17 years working on many aspects of providing understandable, reliable, coherent search results. He has written over 200 technical articles for professional journals as well many articles for the popular press. His most recent book, The Joy of Search: A Google Insider’s Guide to Going Beyond the Basics, is now out in paperback. He has taught over 1000 classes in-person in venues ranging from 4th grade classes in rural America to professional classes for reference librarians at the Library of Congress. His online classes have been watched by millions of students for an accumulated watch-time of over 400 years (3.5M hours of watch time).

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Speaker(s): Daniel M. Russell


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