Startup Vicarious is trying to build a computer with the human ability to see and perceive. It's a really hard artificial-intelligence problem that once solved, has immense potential to change the world.
Since its launch in February 2011, the company has developed a visual perception system that interprets the contents of photographs and videos in a manner similar to humans. Powering this technology is Vicarious' key innovation: a new computational paradigm called the Recursive Cortical Network (RCN).
Vicarious has some ambitious goals. The company's first product is a visual perception system that has been designed to interpret the content of images and videos the same way the human brain does.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - August 21, 2012 - Vicarious, an artificial intelligence research company, today announced a $15M Series A round of financing led by Good Ventures LLC, a for-profit investment firm founded by Facebook and Asana co-founder Dustin Moskovitz that will donate all of its earnings to the Good Ventures Foundation.
Peter Thiel is teaching a class on startups at Stanford, and invited Vicarious to participate in a panel on the future of artificial intelligence, along with Palantir and Prior Knowledge.
SingularityHub posted a nice writeup on our talk at the 2011 Singularity Summit.
Dileep George and Scott Brown are speakers at this year's Singularity Summit. Here's an abstract of their talk.
A number of websites, such as Face.com and Google Inc.'s Like.com, provide facial-recognition tools that enable users to search through digital photos. But new stealthy start-up Vicarious Systems intends to go much further with its artificial intelligence software.
A two-person startup with the bold plan of developing algorithms that mimic the human brain has drawn investment from some of the most savvy Silicon Valley players.