Ari Gesher is a senior software engineer and engineering ambassador at Palantir Technologies. He is co-authoring the upcoming book, Architecture of Privacy, about building data systems that responsibly handle sensitive data.
At Palantir Technologies, Ari has split his time between working as a design prototyper for the user interface team, a backend engineer on Palantir's analysis platform, thinking and writing about Palantir's vision for human-driven information data systems, and moonlighting on both Palantir's privacy and civil liberties team and philanthropic engineering team. His current role involves understanding and discussing Palantir's role in the world of analytics, big data, the future of technology, and it’s impact on the world.
An alumnus of the University of Illinois computer science department, Ari has worked in the software industry for the past fifteen years, including a stint as the lead engineer for the SourceForge.net open source software archive.
Ari often speaks on the topic of big data and the limits of automated decision making. Recently, he's spoken at GigaOm Structure, MIT's Technology Review's EmTech Conference, Harvard Business School, the Institute for the Future's Tech Horizons Conference, the Economist Future Technologies Summit, and PayPal's TechXploration series.