The company had already raised $ 15 million in 2012.
“To develop automatic learning software based on the principles of calculation of the human brain”. This is what Vicarious is working on, an American start-up in which Mark Zuckerberg, Ashton Kutcher and Elon Musk (founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla, editor’s note) have just invested 40 million dollars (29 million euros, editor’s note) according to the Wall Street Journal which specifies that this is the biggest round of funding ever made by the company.
“Our first technology is a visual perception system that interprets the content of images and videos in a manner similar to humans,” the company explains for example on its website. Solutions likely to interest e-merchants for predictive sales or social networks for the behavioral analysis of their members, even if a Facebook spokesperson said on a daily basis that it was an investment made by its founder in a personal capacity.
The social media giant had however recruited the French Yann LeCun, professor at New York University, last December to take the head of a laboratory dedicated to artificial intelligence. [lire notre article : Un Français pour diriger le nouveau laboratoire d’intelligence artificielle de Facebook, ndlr]. A month later, it was Google’s turn to pay $ 400 million to acquire Deep Mind, a London-based company also specializing in artificial intelligence. [lire notre article : Google s’offre un génie de l’intelligence articifielle, Demis Hassabis, fondateur de DeepMind, ndlr].
Founded in 2010 by Scott Phoenix and Dileep George, author of 22 patents, Vicarious had already raised $ 15 million in 2012 from Good Ventures and other investors such as Founders Fund