AnotherBrain, Bruno Maisonnier’s ambitious bet in artificial intelligence

by bold-lichterman

At a time when the United States and China, and by extension GAFA and BATX, dominate the artificial intelligence market, Bruno Maisonnier has taken a different path from that of deep learning to give himself a chance to to exist. In the same way that Africa has gone directly to mobile use, without going through the desktop box, the French entrepreneur believes that it is necessary to jump a generation into artificial intelligence to hope to take the competition backwards.

The project is, of course, very ambitious, but far from being fanciful when we know that Bruno Maisonnier is none other than the founder of the company Aldebaran Robotics, at the origin of the humanoid robots Nao and Pepper, which finally came under control of the Japanese giant SoftBank in 2012. After having seduced Masayoshi Son, the boss of the Japanese firm, Bruno Maisonnier could have been tempted by an adventure in Silicon Valley or on the east coast of China. Nay.

A new adventure after Aldebaran Robotics

The Frenchman finally embarked on a new entrepreneurial project with AnotherBrain. Founded in February 2017, the company (whose name literally means “another brain”) is developing an artificial intelligence solution that is directly inspired by the basic functioning of the cerebral cortex. In this way, the artificial intelligence developed by the young French startup goes further than the artificial neural networks based on deep learning since it is able to learn by itself, without human supervision, and to explain. its decisions. To finance its ambitions in this area, AnotherBrain completed a funding round of 10 million euros in February 2018.

To understand the functioning and the challenges behind this “third generation” artificial intelligence, Decode Media visited the Parisian premises of AnotherBrain …

AnotherBrain: the key data

Founder: Bruno Maisonnier
Creation: 2017
The head office : Paris
Activity: artificial intelligence solution without human assistance
Workforce: 35 employees