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Oren Etzioni

Professor Emeritus, University of Washington & founding CEO of the Allen Institute for AI

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Dr. Oren Etzioni was Chief Executive Officer at AI2 from its inception until Sept. 30, 2022. He now serves as an advisor and board member for AI2 and as a technical director of the AI2 Incubator. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington as of October 2020 and a venture partner at the Madrona Venture Group since 2000. His awards include AAAI Fellow and Seattle’s Geek of the Year. He has founded several companies including Farecast (acquired by Microsoft). He has written over 200 technical papers, as well as commentary on AI for The New York Times, Wired, and Nature. He helped to pioneer meta-search, online comparison shopping, machine reading, and Open Information Extraction.


Scheduled Appearances


Artificial Intelligence Is About to Change Everything

Crosscut Festival 2023
Sat May 6, 2023 | 1:30pm

Artificial intelligence has exploded into the public eye recently, with major tech companies rushing to launch their versions of the search tools, and industries of all types exploring its use. Many believe AI has the potential to revolutionize nearly all aspects of our lives — the way we work, learn and interact with the world around us. Will anything be left untouched?

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Featuring: Oren Etzioni, Chirag Shah

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The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.

headliners gala

Celebrate the best of PNW community and culture while supporting public media. Enjoy a night of entertainment with a culinary tour of the region curated by premier chefs and restaurateurs, Hear from The Daily host Michael Barbaro, and bid on a unique items in a PBS and Northwest-themed auction.