Jason Gaverick Matheny

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Jason Gaverick Matheny is the former Director of Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. He previously worked for the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, where his work focused on existential risks.[1] He was the cofounder of New Harvest, which supports the development of new agricultural biotechnologies.[2] His work was called one of the "ideas of the year" by The New York Times. In 2014, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. In 2017, he was included in Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers list.[3] Matheny received the Intelligence Community’s Award for Individual Achievement in Science and Technology.[4] He co-chaired the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Task Force on Artificial Intelligence, which authored the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan, released by the White House in October 2016.[5]

Early life[edit]

Matheny grew up in Louisville, Kentucky.[6] He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 1996, where he majored in art history.[7][8] He obtained an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2003,[9][10] and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2004.[7] He spent six months in India evaluating the efficacy of the HIV-prevention Avahan project, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.[11][7] He holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.[9] His doctoral dissertation is entitled: "The Economics of Pharmaceutical Development: Costs, Risks, and Incentives".[12]


Prior to IARPA, Matheny worked at Oxford University, the World Bank, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Center for Biosecurity, the Seva Foundation, and Princeton University.[4][7] He joined IARPA in 2009, working as a Program Manager for the Aggregative Contingent Estimation (ACE) Program and the Open Source Indicators Program.[12][13][14][15][16] After serving as a program manager, he served as an associate office director, office director, and director.[4]


  1. ^ Jason G. Matheny (2007): "Reducing the Risk of Human Extinction", Risk Analysis 27(5): 1335-1344. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1539-6924.2007.00960.x/abstract
  2. ^ "About".
  3. ^ "Global Thinkers 2017". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Jason Matheny, IARPA" (PDF). Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  5. ^ "National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan" (PDF). Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  6. ^ "The Courier-Journal from Louisville, Kentucky on June 10, 1992 · Page 53".
  7. ^ a b c d Schonwald, Josh. "Future fillet". University of Chicago Magazine. Archived from the original on October 16, 2013.
  8. ^ "Alumni". Department of Art History, Division of the Humanities, The University of Chicago. Retrieved March 16, 2018. 1995-96 [...] Jason Matheny
  9. ^ a b Jason Matheny interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the TWiT.tv network
  10. ^ "Happy Birthday!". Fuqua School of Business. Retrieved March 16, 2018. Jason Gaverick Matheny MBA '03 Director of IARPA, Washington, DC.
  11. ^ Paul Shapiro (2 January 2018). Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World. Gallery Books. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-5011-8910-4.
  12. ^ a b Matheny, Jason Gaverick (September 2013). "The Economics of Pharmaceutical Development: Costs, Risks, and Incentives" (PDF). Johns Hopkins University.
  13. ^ Bleicher, Ariel (August 9, 2017). "Demystifying the Black Box That Is AI". Scientific American. Archived from the original on August 9, 2017. When Jason Matheny joined the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) as a program manager in 2009, he made a habit of chatting to the organization’s research analysts.
  14. ^ Marc Prensky (7 August 2012). Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom. St. Martin's Press. p. 260. ISBN 978-1-137-09317-2. The ACE program manager is Jason Matheny
  15. ^ Hamilton, Keegan (January 8, 2015). "US Agencies Are Using the Web to Pick Our Brains". Washingtonian. The problem, says Jason Matheny, who started a program at IARPA called Aggregative Contingent Estimation, is that “people who have the traditional markers of expertise are typically not the most accurate forecasters.”
  16. ^ Matheny, Jason Gaverick (July 2, 2011). "IARPA Open Source Indicators (OSI) Program: Proposers' Day Conference, August 3, 2011". Society for Judgment and Decision Making. Archived from the original on March 17, 2018.

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