Vicarious Raises New Round of Funding

Vicarious, a San Francisco-based company that developed technology to solve Captcha queries last fall, just raised a big new $40 million round from investors including Joe Lonsdale's Formation 8, Mark Zuckerberg, Vinod Khosla and Peter Thiel.

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WSJ: “Attempting to Code the Human Brain”

Vicarious was founded by Mr. Phoenix and Dileep George, a Stanford Ph.D. graduate who studied hierarchical models of the brain. Their premise was to focus on the sensory aspect of the brain, particularly vision's critical role in the early stages of human development.

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NYT: Could baboons solve CAPTCHAs?

A Turing test in reverse. Interview with Thomas Hannagan, a cognitive scientist at the French National Center for Scientific Research and Aix-Marseille University.

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Scientific American: “Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI”

The start-up Vicarious, based in San Francisco, Calif., claims it has come up with artificial intelligence (AI) software that reads images nearly as well as humans and can crack a CAPTCHA 90 percent of the time. If the claims are true, they could signify a breakthrough in building AI that is indistinguishable from human cognition - at least when it comes to helping computers identify and understand images.

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Vicarious AI passes first Turing Test: CAPTCHA

San Francisco, CA – Vicarious (http://vicarious.com), a startup developing artificial intelligence software, today announced that its algorithms can now reliably solve modern CAPTCHAs, including Google’s reCAPTCHA, the world’s most widely used test of a machine’s ability to act human.

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