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Garry Kasparov

Chairman, Renew Democracy Initiative

Garry Kasparov is widely regarded as the greatest chessplayer in history, becoming the youngest world champion ever at 22 in 1985. He retired in 2005 to become a leader of the Russian pro-democracy movement against the rising dictatorship of Vladimir Putin. He is the chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation and the founder of the Renew Democracy Initiative. Kasparov speaks frequently on politics, decision-making, and the human-machine relationship. In 2015, he wrote the prescient book Winter Is Coming: Why Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped. His latest book is Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins. He moved to New York City full time in 2013 after facing imminent arrest in Russia.

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