Sean_gourleyI’m originally from New Zealand and am now based in San Francisco where I am the CEO and Founder of Primer, a machine intelligence company. I am a member of the Knight Commission and serve on the Board of Directors at Anadarko (NYSE:APC). Prior to my work at Primer I was the CTO and co-founder of Quid, a high dimensional data visualization company. I have a PhD in physics from Oxford where I studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. My academic research has taken me from Nanotechnology to Complex Systems and the Mathematics of War. As a result of my research I have acted as a political advisor, briefed USCENTCOM at the Pentagon, addressed the United Nations in Vienna and dodged military checkpoints in Iraq. Over the years I have spent too many hours at the running track in an attempt to hone my pole vault, hurdling and discus skills for the Decathlon. Before Primer I worked at NASA Ames in Mountain View. In my spare time I’m trying to improve my understanding of advanced string theory and contemplating a return to the simpler world of track and field.

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