Jaron Lanier is the Microsoft Octopus (Office of the Chief Technology Officer Prime Unifying Scientist). Widely considered the father of virtual reality, in recent years Lanier has become a prophetic figure, warning of the potential of poorly-designed technology and business models to undermine human dignity. His 2013 book Who Owns the Future? inspired the idea of Data as Labor and he has been collaborating with Glen on it in many capacities.
Imanol Arrieta Ibarra is a PhD student at the Stanford University Department of Management Science and Engineering. While an intern with Glen and Jaron, he began working with them on measuring the value of data along with Diego.
Leonard Goff is a PhD student in economics at Columbia University. While an intern with Glen and Jaron, he began trying to analyze user responses to payments for creating data.
Diego Jiménez Hernández is a PhD student in economics at Stanford University. While an intern with Glen and Jaron, he began working with them on measuring the value of data along with Imanol.
Nicole Immorlica is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research New England, where she is one of Glen’s closest colleagues. Trained as a computer scientist, she has been working on a variety of early-stage projects related to Data as Labor and has played an important role in developing Glen’s ideas about it.