Dean Lloyd Minor welcomes Marissa Mayer, former Yahoo CEO, early Google employee and co-founder of Sunshine, for a conversation about the past, present, and future of AI and lessons learned from the evolution of search engine technology. They explore her experience pioneering iconic Google applications, what to expect as AI technology matures, and what it will take for a company to distinguish itself in the competitive world of AI. They also discuss the importance of building AI systems around the human experience, how to best regulate emerging technologies, and how to earn the public’s trust when developing transformative innovations.
Meet Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer is a prominent technology executive and businesswoman, best known for her significant contributions to Google and Yahoo. In 1999, Mayer joined Google as their 20th employee and played a pivotal role in shaping the company's iconic user experience and search functionality. During her tenure, she held various leadership positions, including vice president of search products and user experience. In 2012, Mayer took on the role of CEO at Yahoo, aiming to revitalize the struggling internet giant. Mayer's tenure at Yahoo ended in 2017, and since then, she co-founded the startup Lumi Labs — now Sunshine — which aims to improve users' iPhone contacts and Google contacts using intelligent algorithms and other functionalities. She holds a bachelor's degree in symbolic systems and a master's degree in computer science from Stanford University.