Stanley Bronstein Interviews Luis von Ahn

LUIS VON AHN

Luis von Ahn is a Guatemalan entrepreneur and an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University.

As a professor, his research includes CAPTCHAs and human computation, and has earned him international recognition and numerous honors. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (a.k.a., the “genius grant”) in 2006, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship in 2009, a Sloan Fellowship in 2009, and a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship in 2007, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2012.

He has also been named one of the 50 Best Brains in Science by Discover Magazine, and has made it to many recognition lists that include Popular Science Magazine’s Brilliant 10, Silicon.com’s 50 Most Influential People in Technology, Technology Review’s TR35: Young Innovators Under 35, and FastCompany’s 100 Most Innovative People in Business.

Six (6) short video clips from an interview conducted

by Stanley Bronstein in late 2007

The Birth of the “Captcha”

10 Seconds Of Work Only Humans Can Do

Working On Image Recognition Technology

He Thinks Before He Acts – Describing His Thought Process

Academic “Inbreeding”

He Talks About Coming All The Way From Guatemala