Vicarious Systems Says Its Artificial Intelligence Is the Real Deal

A number of websites, such as Face.com and Google Inc.’s Like.com, provide facial-recognition tools that enable users to search through digital photos. But new stealthy start-up Vicarious Systems intends to go much further with its artificial intelligence software.

Vicarious is designing artificial intelligence software intended to learn to “see” and recognize objects and things just as the human brain does from the time of a baby’s birth. This is much more complicated than designing a program to recognize a shape, say a shoe, and then find many other similar shapes, according to Vicarious.

The company just raised its first institutional funding led by Founders Fund with participation from Felicis Ventures; Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook; Adam D’Angelo, co-founder of Quora and former CTO of Facebook; and Joe Lonsdale, co-founder of Palantir.

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