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. A futurist and innovator, Jonathan collaborates with engineers, scientists, designers, educators, and others seeking to imagine, design, and 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.
Jonathan is also responsible for operations of Autodesk Maritime Research & Development. He is the Autodesk Diving Safety Officer (DSO) leading and supervising research and scientific diving expeditions.
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.