Erik J. Larson

Writer/Researcher and AI/Machine Learning Consultant

Erik J. Larson, PhD, is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, and technologist with over a decade of experience in software development and R&D in the computational sciences.

As an entrepreneur, he is founder and co-founder of two DARPA-funded technology companies. Larson’s projects focus on the design and development of software systems that provide effective solutions to real-world problems. As a scientist, his interests lie in hybrid systems that utilize knowledge representation and reasoning (KR&R), together with modern data-centered and machine learning approaches.

Larson’s career has spanned both classic and empirical AI, with a particular focus on text analytics (information extraction and natural language processing). As a professional writer, Larson’s works have appeared in publications such as The Atlantic

His latest book is from Harvard University Press and was released in April 2021: The Myth of Artificial Intelligence: Why Computers Can’t Think the Way We Do. (See our page with additional insights from Larson about the book, along with our interviews with him.)

After receiving his bachelor’s in philosophy and mathematics at Whitworth College, Larson completed his MA and PhD at The University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation was Primary Semantic Type Labeling on Monologue Discourse Using a Hierarchical Classification Approach.

Interviews with Erik Larson