Michael Vassar

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Michael Vassar
Michael Vassar
Michael Vassar at the 2007 Singularity Summit
Born (1979-02-04)February 4, 1979
Philadelphia, PA
Residence San Francisco, California
Citizenship American
Nationality American
Fields Personalized Medicine, Molecular Nanotechnology
Institutions MetaMed, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Aon
Alma mater Penn State (B.S.), Drexel University (M.B.A)
Influences K. Eric Drexler, Eliezer Yudkowsky, Richard Feynman, Robin Hanson

Michael Vassar (born February 4, 1979) is an American futurist, activist, and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer of MetaMed Research.[1] He was president of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute[2] until January 2012.[3]

Vassar advocates safe development of new technologies for the benefit of humankind. He has held positions with Aon[disambiguation needed], and the Peace Corps. He was a founder and Chief Strategist at SirGroovy.com, an online music licensing firm. He has co-authored papers on the risks of advanced molecular manufacturing with Robert Freitas, and has written the special report "Corporate Cornucopia: Examining the Special Implications of Commercial MNT Development"[4] for the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology Task Force.