Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Hires Amazon search VP, Brian Pinkerton as their technical lead

Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Zuckerberg and his spouse, Dr. Priscilla Chan have promised to donate 99 percent of their wealth to support one of their first philanthropic initiative: cure all disease, a charity focused at using technology to create social change.

 

Created in honor of their daughter, Maxima, the initiative would be dedicated to three major goals: bringing engineers and scientist together, building technology, and encouraging more public and private funding of scientific research around the globe. According to Zuckerberg, the tools build by the CZI initiative could boost scientific research and technological advancement over the coming decades, for instance, in building sophisticated artificial intelligence software to boost understanding of various brain functionalities and in bloodstream monitoring for easy detection of diseases.

 

To ensure the initiative’s success, Zuckerberg and Chan have brought leaders and professionals whose expertise they highly value to take the enormous risks of advancing the new corporation’s issues. Recently, they hired a technical lead for the CZI initiative: Amazon search executive, Brian Pinkerton as their new chief technology officer (CTO).

 

This means that Pinkerton will lead the corporation’s tech team, which he believes will quickly grow into a “couple hundred professionals” over the coming few years. For 4 years running, Pinkerton has successfully managed A9, Amazon’s department that’s handles the firm’s text and visual search features. One of the important things that drew Pinkerton to CZI was the fact that he would be working on issues and projects that most tech firms haven’t ventured into or thought about.

 

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