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Jerry Kaplan

Noted Expert on Artificial Intelligence and Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

“The coming wave of Artificial Intelligence will rival the invention of the wheel.”

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Fee Range: IV. €/$ from 20.000 up to 50.000
Languages: English

*Fee ranges are an estimation for a live keynote speech in an European venue, they can vary significantly depending on the specific requests of the clients, the type of performance, the preparation time and the travel time which is requested. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.


Jerry Kaplan, a noted expert on Artificial Intelligence and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, is a highly respected figure in the field. With a career spanning over 35 years, Kaplan has made significant contributions as a serial entrepreneur, technical innovator, educator, bestselling author, and futurist.

His expertise and accomplishments have been widely recognized, with features in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Red Herring, and Upside.

As a serial entrepreneur, Kaplan co-founded four startups in Silicon Valley, two of which became publicly traded companies. One of his notable achievements was his role as the founding CEO of GO Corporation in 1987. Kaplan played a key role in defining the tablet computer industry, envisioning a device that could be used like a “tablet of paper” with a touch-sensitive screen. Many of GO’s concepts influenced subsequent portable computers like the Palm Pilot, Apple Newton, and Apple’s iOS products.

Kaplan’s contributions as an inventor and innovator are significant. In 1981, he collaborated with a team from SRI International to develop the database backend for a natural language query system, which became Symantec Inc.’s first product. He is widely credited with the invention of the tablet computer and led the team that developed the acclaimed operating system PenPoint at GO Corporation.

In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Kaplan is actively involved in teaching and research. He serves as a Lecturer and Research Affiliate at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Kaplan is also a Fellow at the Center for Legal Informatics at Stanford University Law School. He shares his knowledge and expertise by teaching courses like “Social and Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence” as a Visiting Lecturer in Stanford’s renowned Computer Science Department.

Jerry Kaplan is sought after as a speaker for various types of audiences, including business and trade audiences, general audiences, and policy makers, officials, and planners. His dynamic and visionary keynotes engage and inspire participants worldwide. Kaplan has a remarkable ability to explain complex legal, social, and economic issues related to Artificial Intelligence in a clear and memorable manner, encouraging discussion and sparking creativity. His presentations are timely, relevant, and provide valuable insights from one of the leading thinkers of our time.



For Business and Trade Audiences “How will Artificial Intelligence Disrupt (your industry)?” A lively and visual explanation of the basic concepts and key technologies that comprise the field of Artificial Intelligence, followed by its likely future impact, customized to the interests of your specific audience. Takeaways include:

  • What is Artificial Intelligence?
  • How to separate hype from reality.
  • How to integrate A.I. into your business.
  • How will your organization be affected?
  • What new business opportunities will arise?
  • Which will come under threat?
  • Which jobs will thrive and which will wither? For General Audiences “The Promise and Perils of Artificial Intelligence” Some experts suggest that Artificial Intelligence poses a threat to humanity, while others extoll it as our saving grace. Who is correct, and why? This inspirational and stimulating speech separates fact from fiction, while informing and entertaining your audience. This presentation covers such topics as:
    • How realistic is what you see in the movies?
    • What does A.I. mean for the future of work, wealth, and play?
    • Will robots rise up against us and what should we do about it?
    • Will it ever become possible to upload our minds into a computer?
    • How can our children best prepare for their futures?

    For Policy Makers, Officials, and Planners

    The Global Economic and Social Impact of Artificial Intelligence”

    Over the next few decades, Artificial Intelligence is widely expected to be a key driver of global power and influence. This practical and informative briefing explains how to best leverage this emerging technology for economic development, trade, security, and innovation. Your audience will learn:

    • Which industries and strategies will increase their global competitiveness?

    • How will local labor markets be affected?
    • What will the impact of A.I. be on wealth inequality, social stability, government control, and individual freedom?
    • What are the likely military uses of A.I.?
    • How to thrive in the coming age of extreme automation.


Gerry Kaplan 1
Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know (2016))
Jerry Kaplan 2
Humans Need Not Apply: A guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence - 2015
Jerry Kaplan 3
Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure - 1995

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