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John Maeda

American technologist John Maeda is the vice president of design and artificial intelligence at Microsoft.

Maeda was an early advocate for generative art and computational design for commercial applications across the internet and the decentralised Web3.

He was the first recipient of the White House National Design Award for algorithm-generated visualisations informed by data and artificial intelligence. Other awards received include the Fast Company Masters of Innovation, LinkedIn Top 10 US Influencer, Esquire 75 Most Influential of the 21st Century and Tribeca Film Festival Disruptor Award for launching the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to STEAM movement in the US, that incorporates creative thinking (Arts) into STEM projects.

Formerly chief technology officer of Everbridge, Sonos board of directors, Wieden+Kennedy board of directors, Kleiner Perkins partner, MIT Media Lab data visualisation lead, Automattic head of design and inclusion, Publicis Sapient executive vice president and chief experience officer and president of Rhode Island School of Design.

Maeda is the author of five books including How To Speak Machine, where he defines the fundamental laws of how computers think and why we should care, and technology bestseller Laws of Simplicity, teaching us to need less and get more.

Writings, interviews and talks include The Economist, Forbes, USA Today, Fortune, Fast Company and Esquire.


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