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About iQ Studios and Dr. Kaplan

iQ Studios is focused on producing videos that illustrate the power of Collective Intelligence to transform our planet for the better.  iQ Studios launched in early 2020, just as the Coronavirus pandemic hit the United States.  As a result, iQ Studios’ initial videos were focused on applications of Collective Intelligence to address the Coronavirus.  Although some of these videos were hastily prepared with an emphasis on getting information out quickly, we are proud to be one of the earliest sites to provide actionable information about the pandemic before such information became widely available.

On New Year’s Day 2021, iQ Studios released the first of a six-part series on The Evolution of Planetary Intelligence.  This series describes a radical transformation that is underway from human-level intelligence to Planetary Intelligence (a “Global Brain”).  Collective Intelligence, along with Artificial Intelligence (AI), has a crucial role to play in this transformation.  Because of the incredible power of Planetary Intelligence, it is not an overstatement to say that the values of the humans at the center of this evolving Global Brain willdetermine the future of humanity.  iQ Studios is dedicated to raising awareness about the change that is underway and educating people about what we can do to help ensure a positive and beneficial outcome.

Dr. Craig A. Kaplan is currently CEO and founder of iQ Studios.  He also consults on limited basis for select clients via his consulting company, iQ Company, which he founded in 1993.

From 2006 - 2020, Dr. Kaplan was founder and CEO of PredictWallStreet, a collective intelligence company that harnessed the brainpower of millions of people to gain an edge in the stock market.  Prior to founding PredictWallStreet, Dr. Kaplan founded a series of companies including an internet survey company and a consulting firm specializing in applications of collective intelligence.  Prior to these businesses, Dr. Kaplan led the Adaptive Technology Group at IBM where he invented multiple patents, including patents that anticipated the collective intelligence recommendation systemslater implemented by companies like Amazon and Netflix.  He has over 27 years of CEO-level experience in technology companies, and is a leading expert in the field of Collective Intelligence.

Dr. Kaplan’s academic background includes a visiting assistant professorship in Computer Science at the University of California. He earned his MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University where he co-authored published research with the Nobel-Prize winning economist, Herbert A. Simon.  Dr. Kaplan has authored and co-authored more than 40 publications, including a book and 18 patents in the software and internet fields. He was elected an associate member of the scientific research society, Sigma Xi, and has been an invited speaker and consultant at institutions ranging from the Business Schools at Harvard and Wharton to international conferences on software and technology.

In addition to his current work at iQ Studios and iQ Company, Dr. Kaplan has provided pro bono technology consulting services to educational institutions including the Phillips Exeter Academy, the Los Angeles Unified School district, and the Harry Singer Foundation. Dr. Kaplan currently resides in California.  A former marathon runner and triathlete, he enjoys hiking and skiing with his family.

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