Jonathan Knowles

Jonathan Knowles serves as Autodesk's Explorer in residence. With a charter of exploring what’s next for Autodesk with a view into the 10 to 100 year time frame, he is at the frontier of beyond the horizon technologies, and providing insight on the evolving role of design-driven applied innovation. He is a creative thinker who researches the intersection of technology and global trends, bringing the arts and science together, while connecting people and ideas. Jonathan collaborates with engineers, scientists, designers, educators, and others seeking to create a better world.

A respected voice on future trends, long-range vision, and creating the preferred future, Jonathan counsels start-ups, global business leaders, policy makers, and tier-one academics around the world. With a focus on ocean science, climate change, space systems, robotics, machine learning, biotechnology, archaeology, and paleoanthropology, he participates in fieldwork with others across the globe to help understand and preserve our past, and solve some of the world's most complex challenges.

Prior to joining Autodesk, he held senior positions at Adobe and Apple and serves on the boards of and advises several technology, education, and non-profit organizations.


  • Marine Technology Society
  • The Oceanography Society
  • The American Polar Society (Life member)
  • American Academy of Underwater Sciences
  • Mission Blue, Science and Exploration Fellow, Advisor to the Chairman
  • NASA Applied Research
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Federation of American Scientists
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • SETI Institute, Board of Trustees
  • American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Nautical Archaeology Society
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • The Paleontological Society
  • Archaeological Institute of America
  • Institute for Molecular Manufacturing (Fellow)
  • The Explorers Club
  • Royal Geographic Society with the Institute of British Geographers (Fellow)
  • Society for Science & the Public
  • Geospatial Information and Technology Association
  • Cartography and Geographical Information Society
  • Explorers Institute, Principal
  • Society for College Science Teachers
  • The Long Now Foundation
  • Singularity University, Head of Faculty and Distinguished Fellow for Science, Technology, Innovation, and Exploration.
  • IEEE (Nanotechnology, Robotics, Biological Engineering, Ocean Engineering)
  • National Police Foundation (Board Member)
  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association
  • National Defense Industrial Association
  • National Military Intelligence Association (Life Member)

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