Director, WID, Professor of Genetics, & Co-Director, Center For Complexity and Collective Computation, University of Wisconsin
David Krakauer is the President of the Santa Fe Institute. His research focuses on the evolution of intelligence, from the Big Bang to brains. David is convinced that increasing our tolerance for experiment and failure, the sophistication of quantitative theory, and the careful analysis of data, all combined with a willingness to abandon our existing beliefs and practices when challenged by analysis, will transform society and culture for the better. A graduate of the University of London and Oxford University, he has authored more than 150 scientific publications, serves on several journal editorial boards, and works to bridge the gap between academia and business. Krakauer’s vision drives SFI’s nondisciplinary, information-rich environment aimed at addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. Krakauer has worked collaboratively with several business partners including Google, Boeing, Fidelity, and Intel. In 2012, he was included in Wired UK’s “Smart List” as one of 50 people who will change the world.