About Vivienne


Dr. Vivienne Ming explores maximizing human capacity as a theoretical neuroscientist, delusional inventor, and demented author. Over her career she’s founded 12 startups, been chief scientist at 2 others, and launched the “mad science incubator”, Socos Labs, where she explores seemingly intractable problems—from a lone child’s disability to global economic inclusion—for free.

As the co-founder and Chief Scientist of Dionysus Health Vivienne applies machine learning to lessen the corrosive health effects of postpartum depression and chronic stress in communities. She also develops tools for socioemotional learning at home and in school, models of bias in hiring and promotion, and neurotechnologies to treat dementia and TBI, outgrowths of her research at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience.

Vivienne was named one of “10 Women to Watch in Tech” by Inc. Magazine and one of the BBC’s "100 Women" in 2017. She is featured frequently for her research and inventions in The Financial Times, The Atlantic, and the New York Times.

In her free time, Vivienne designs AI systems to treat her son’s diabetes, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers, and reunite orphan refugees with extended family members. For relaxation, she writes science fiction and spends time with her wife and children.

About Socos Foundation


Just as with a lawyer or doctor, AI acting solely on your behalf must be a civil right. We call this Fiduciary AI.

To secure this right, the Socos Foundation is building a data trust. Not simply a database, we are building an entire computational ecosystem serving the health, education, and human development of its members. The trust exisits to

  • protect the privacy and security of members’ personal data,
  • develop AI products that are fair, transparent, and robust, and
  • audit outside applications to validate whether the algorithms do what they claim.

Visit the Socos Foundation to learn more and support our work!