Oren Golan

Technology pioneer

Oren Golan is a Software Development Manager at Amazon Video. He loves to speak at various conferences about the intersection of leadership, technology, and culture. When not practicing handstands or feeding his friends with crickets-based protein bars he likes to build products that have a positive impact and to share his experiences with everyone around him.

Oren believes that super intelligent AI will free humans from boring tasks but it can also be dangerous if we don’t do good job of aligning our objectives with the goals of the AI.


Intersection of leadership, technology, and culture

Oren Golan's Chineasy Story

A few years ago I was invited to speak at a software conference in Beijing. As soon as I landed I grabbed a taxi and showed the driver the address of the hotel that was written in Chinese. What was supposed to be a 5 minutes drive turn into 40 and I was not able to communicate with the driver since he didn’t speak any word in English. Showing him my map just made the situation worst – he pulled over the car, left it, opened the trunk, threw my luggage and left me alone. Luckily I was not very far from the last train station on the west side of Beijing and it forced me to learn how to use the public transportation. That incident had another positive impact: I built a flappy Bird game that teaches me basic Chinese words, enough to survive future taxi rides in the city.

Here is the game I built to learn Chinese:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkqRBHw7iNk