Zuckerberg, Musk, Kutcher Invest In AI Company To Copy Human Brain
Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Ashton Kutcher are investing their way into an artificial intelligence company to try and produce a copy of the human brain.
The Facebook CEO, Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, and actor and producer Ashton Kutcher are investing $40 million into a new kind of artificial intelligence called Vicarious, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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The startup company, which is based in San Francisco, is attempting to translate the neocortex, the part of the brain that allows a human being to see, think, to move and more, to a computer code.
"You have a computer that thinks like a person," co-founder Scott Phoenix told the Journal in an interview. "Except it doesn't have to eat or sleep."
Following this task, the next step according to Phoenix would be to create "a computer that can understand not just shapes and objects, but the textures associated with them. For example, a computer might understand 'chair.' It might also comprehend 'ice.' Vicarious wants to create a computer that will understand a request like 'show me a chair made of ice.'"
Vicarious is part of a larger trend that's sweeping the tech world. Tech giants like Google, IBM and Microsoft are looking to jump onto the robotics and artificial intelligence bandwagon.
Zuckerberg's investment in the company "is a personal one and does not reflect Facebook's interest in using Vicarious software," a spokesman for Facebook said.
Musk and Kutcher did not comment.
Phoneix says the company won't see profit any time soon and has not revealed much information on how the technology works.
According to Slate, this is not the first time Vicarious has received major funding. Peter Thiel invested $1.2 million in 2010, and in 2012 another group of investors, including Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, gave the company $15 million.
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