Jesse Engel is a research scientist with Google Brain’s Magenta team on the coevolution of artificial intelligence algorithms and their creative applications. He received his Bachelors, Ph.D., and Postdoc degree from UC Berkeley, studying the martian atmosphere, quantum nanoelectronics, and neuromorphic computing respectively. The Postdoc was jointly conducted at Stanford, but he still sided with Berkeley at football games. Afterward, he worked with Andrew Ng to help found the Baidu Silicon Valley AI Lab and was a key contributor to DeepSpeech 2, a speech recognition system named one of the ‘Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2016’ by MIT Technology Review. He currently works on neural network models of sound and music and recently released a synthesizer that designs itself based on listening to sound. Outside of work, he is also a professional-level improvisational and jazz guitarist, having played at large festivals and once played an opening set for the Dalai Lama.