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Poppy Crum, PhD
Neuroscientist and Technologist

Poppy Crum is the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University.

At Dolby, she is responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy. 

At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of immersive environments, such as augmented and virtual reality, on neuroplasticity and learning. 

She is on a mission to build technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world.


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Poppy's Latest Writing:

AI That Understands Your Body Language

The listening and sensing devices in our homes that choose music, manage thermostats, and look up recipes may soon know more about your state of mental and physical wellness than your primary physician.

Ubiquitous sensing, paired with machine learning, can amalgamate all of the signals we give off—from the timbre of our voice to the dilation of our pupils—to detect signs of conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, years before a traditional diagnosis.

Soon, Your Focus Will Find You—Where You Need It

It wasn’t that many years ago that sage parents advised their boundary-pushing offspring to never communicate with strangers on the internet and to never step foot in a vehicle with someone they didn’t know really well.

What was once considered illogical—reckless, even—is now considered a best practice. Look at the likes of Lyft and Uber, and you can see how technology shifted culture, broke down preconceived notions and ushered us into a reality where we now use the internet to do precisely this: summon strangers on the internet to pick us up in their unfamiliar vehicles —and we climb right in.

Let’s Make it Personal: How Empathetic Technology Can Protect Individuality

As humans, we like to think we keep our internal states, well, internal. We have a “poker face” that helps us shield certain thoughts and feelings from the outside world. Or so we think.

The truth is, we give away our internal states all the time. The way we breathe, the way our bodies distribute heat, the timing dynamics of our speech, the way our pupils dilate — all expose the emotions and feelings we think we are keeping to ourselves.


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