David Ferrucci

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David Ferrucci speaking at TEDx Binghamton University

David Ferrucci was the principal investigator who in 2007–2011 led a team of IBM and academic researchers and engineers[1] to the development of the Watson computer system that won a television quiz.

Ferrucci graduated from Manhattan College, with a B.S. degree in biology and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in 1994 with a Ph.D. degree in computer science specializing in knowledge representation and reasoning.[2] He joined IBM's Thomas J. Watson in 1995 and left in 2012 to join Bridgewater Associates.[3] He is also the Founder, CEO, and Chief Scientist of Elemental Cognition, a venture exploring a new field of study called natural learning, which Ferrucci describes as 'artificial intelligence that understands the world the way people do.'.[4]

Ferrucci is interviewed in the 2018 documentary on artificial intelligence Do You Trust This Computer?


Ferrucci contributed one chapter to the 2018 book Architects of Intelligence: The Truth About AI from the People Building it by the American futurist Martin Ford.[5]


  1. ^ Ferrucci, D, et al. (2010), "Building Watson: An Overview of the DeepQA Project", AI Magazine (AI Magazine) 31 (3), retrieved 2011-02-19
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-01-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "David Ferrucci: Life After Watson". 2013-05-06.
  4. ^ "Elemental Cognition".
  5. ^ Falcon, William (November 30, 2018). "This Is The Future Of AI According To 23 World-Leading AI Experts". Forbes. Retrieved March 20, 2019.