Vicarious FPC claims to be “building software that thinks and learns like a human.” Their goal is to replicate the neocortex, the part of the brain that sees, controls the body, understands language and does math.
Its first project is a visual perception system that interprets contents of photographs and videos. The next milestone is to create a computer that can understand the textures associated with shapes and objects.
Co-founder Scott Phoenix hopes that Vicarious’s computers will learn to how to cure diseases, create cheap, renewable energy, and perform the jobs that employ most human beings. While these goals are ambitious and long-term, the recent backing of Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Ashton Kutcher will, hopefully, help the company benefit humanity through artificial intelligence.