Ashton Kutcher & Mark Zuckerberg Invest In AI Company Vicarious.
A company that produces artificial-intelligence technology, named Vicarious, has recently gained a huge amount of $40 million round of founding today, which includes a great amount of notable investors like Facebook’s very own founder Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla founder Elon Musk, and Actor and investor Ashton Kutcher.
Vicarious focuses on tech that tries to digitally recreate parts of the brain, called the neocortex, which handles sight, controls the body, interprets language, and does math. The startup has it in good faith, that by building a digital nerocortex they will be able to create an artificial intelligence that can actually think like a human being.
“We tell investors that right now, human beings are doing a lot of things that computers should be able to do,” Vicarious cofounder Scott Phoenix told the Wall Street Journal. He continued with adding that Vicarious hopes provide a way for machines to perform highly complex tasks like finding possible cures to various disease, but at the moment, the short term is working on a way to get its AI tech to recognize objects, shapes, and even textures of those items.
While Vicarious ambitions are quite astronomical, they will most likely not see any profit for several years, according to the startup. Even so, the work Vicarious is doing is both quite interested and highly important to some of the giant tech companies. For example, Facebook currently has its own AI division that’s been working on improving facial recognition technology and Google’s acquired AI startup DeepMind earlier within this year for an estimated amount of $400 million.
Vicarious new second investment round, was led by Formation 5. Based in Union city and found in 2011, the startup has managed to raise a total of $60 million in funding to date from Founders Fund, Good Ventures and Others.
“Companies that pioneer a fundamental technological breakthrough often come to define entire industries,” said Formation 8 founder Joe Lonsdale, who also co-founded data-mining software maker Palantir Technologies. “I believe Vicarious has the potential to become one of these companies.”