How Inappropriately Heavyweight AI Solutions Dragged Down A Startup (and Made Me Realize that Industrial Salaries Are High for a Good Reason)

  • Michael Wooldridge University of Liverpool


Ten years ago I was a junior faculty member in a UK university, doing research into the theoretical foundations of multiagent systems. I enjoyed the research, but not the salary. The opportunity arose to work for a startup company at three times my university salary, and the company had already hired some excellent agent researchers that I knew, respected, and liked from conferences and workshops. The job seemed too good to be true; and of course, it was. 

Author Biography

Michael Wooldridge, University of Liverpool
Professor of Computer Science