Daniel Hillis, Ph.D.
Co-Chairman and CTO of Applied Minds, Inc.
Danny Hillis is the co-chairman and CTO of Applied Minds, Inc., a research and development company creating products and services in software, entertainment, biotech, and mechanical design. He pioneered the concept of parallel computers (now the basis for most supercomputers), as well as the RAID disk array technology. As a Consultant, he has helped companies such as AT&T, Xerox, Kodak, Schlumberger, IBM and Hewlett-Packard develop technology-related business strategies. He was also Vice President for R&D at Walt Disney Imagineering, and a Disney Fellow.
Dr. Hillis has served on numerous company boards, and was named as part of Upside Magazine’s “Dream Team” Board of Directors. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Association of Computing Machinery, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a former member of the Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee. Dr. Hillis is also the designer of the Clock of the Long Now, a 10,000-year mechanical clock. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT.