The Software Society

How digital technology is changing our culture and economy

William Meisel

MieselAUPhoto“Bill” Meisel is the author of The Software Society and the associated blog on this web site. Meisel’s experience combines  a strong academic, technical, and business background. With a B.S. degree in Engineering from Caltech and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, he began his career as a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at USC. He has published over 70 papers and several books, including a technical book, Computer-Oriented Approaches to Pattern Recognition, one of the first books on machine learning. He was the editor and a contributor to New Components and Subsystems for Digital Design; VUI Visions: Expert Views on Effective Voice User Interface Design; and Speech in the User Interface: Lessons from Experience.

After working in university research, Dr. Meisel launched and managed the Computer Science Division of a defense company, applying pattern recognition technology to a number of application areas, including target detection and intelligence data analysis. He then founded a venture-capital-backed speech recognition company and ran it for ten years. He has been issued six patents in various areas of technology. Currently, as an industry analyst, he publishes a paid-subscription, no-ads monthly industry newsletter, Speech Strategy News, on commercial developments in speech technology and natural language interpretation. As Executive Director of the Applied Voice Input Output Society (AVIOS), a non-profit industry organization, he creates the program for AVIOS’s annual Mobile Voice Conference.

Bill recently published a mystery novel with the mystery taking place in the near future predicted by The Software Society. See