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Luis Von Ahn

Luis von Ahn (born 19 August 1978) is a Guatemalan entrepreneur and an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He is known as one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. He is the founder of the company reCAPTCHA, which was sold to Google in 2009, and the co-founder and CEO of Duolingo, a popular language-learning platform.

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When I found out that I had won the MacArthur Fellowship, I had been a professor at Carnegie Mellon ...

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In 2011, after spending a couple of years working at Google, I decided that I wanted to dedicate mys ...

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I have multiple ideas per day, all the time. The vast majority of these are completely idiotic. Usua ...

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One fact we're particularly proud of is that there are more people learning languages on Duolingo in ...

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This sounds strange to many people, but I work out for exactly 16 minutes every day, and do so at ma ...

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[Captchas] are not only annoying, but they kill 10 seconds of your time.

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People are good at figuring out what's attractive, and computers are good at quickly searching and f ...

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Science fiction has done a really good job of scaring us into thinking that computers shouldn't get ...

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The basic idea of Games With a Purpose is that we are taking a problem that computers cannot yet sol ...

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Game design is a funny thing. There are people out there who are really good at it, but it's not cle ...

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I watch a lot of TV. That's how I spend most of my time outside of work. If I had more time, I would ...

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Because education is such a broad area, I chose to focus on language learning.

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I finished reading High Output Management by Andrew Grove, which had such valuable insights for lead ...

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I worked on a number of projects that were used by millions of people and that also served as inspir ...

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The current business model for language education is the student pays ' in particular, the student p ...

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