How Artificial Intelligence is Getting Even Smarter

Aug 6, 2015

Artificial intelligence can already do remarkable things – but it could do much more if it could perceive, learn and think like a human. Scott discusses how Vicarious, one of the World Economic Forum’s 2015 class of Technology Pioneers, is working to make that leap.

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Vicarious selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum

Aug 5, 2015

The full list of recognized Technology Pioneers can be found here

The Future of Computers Is the Mind of a Toddler

Jun 9, 2015

An AI with something resembling brain memory would be able to discern the highlights of what it sees, and use the information to shape its understanding of things over time. To do that, the world’s top researchers are rethinking how machines store information, and they’re turning to neuroscience for inspiration.

Read more at Bloomberg

Vicarious and ABB Announce Investment Round

Nov 6, 2014

Robot-maker ABB was among a group of investors to put $12 million into the latest fund-raising round for the San Francisco-based company. Girish Nadkarni, head of ABB’s venture capital unit, said it invested less than $10 million.

“What this is doing is developing human intelligence in machines,” Nadkarni said. “It’s a complex system, still in an R&D phase. But early results are very positive.”

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Amazon, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce Founders Invest in Vicarious

Apr 7, 2014

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Skype co-founder Janus Friis and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff … to give Vicarious an additional shot of capital in its Series B round.


Vicarious Co-Founder Scott Phoenix Interviewed on CNBC

Mar 25, 2014

Interviewed by Melissa Lee on CNBC’s Fast Money

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Vicarious Raises New Round of Funding

Mar 25, 2014

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.

Zuckerberg invested personally while others like Dustin Moskovitz and Ashton Kutcher invested through their funds. Aydin Senkut’s Felicis Ventures, Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian’s Initialized Capital, Bryan Johnston of Braintree, CEO Aaron Levie, Sam Altman, Open Field Capital, Zarco Investment Group and Metaplanet Holdings filled out the rest of the round.


WSJ: "Attempting to Code the Human Brain"

Feb 4, 2014

Article discussing Vicarious by Evelyn M. Rusli in the WSJ

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. It has tried to further differentiate itself from its peers by designing a system with a high degree of interactivity between the basic visual receptors of the software, its eyes, and the higher-level, information processing parts. Such a feedback loop allows the machine, for example, to imagine the missing contours of a cat that is partially hidden behind a box.

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NYT: Could baboons solve CAPTCHAs?

Jan 27, 2014

A Turing test in reverse.

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

In our lab, people have been working with baboons. They have almost the same visual system as ours, but without any language. If a baboon could process a Captcha, it would tell us that this ability comes, not from language, but from the visual system.

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Demo Videos: Vicarious Solves CAPTCHA

Nov 13, 2013