The Union City, California-based startup is using computational neuroscience to build better machine learning models that help robots quickly address a wide variety of tasks. Vicarious focuses on the neocortex, a part of the brain concerned with sight and hearing.
“We aren’t trying to emulate the brain exactly,” wrote Vicarious cofounder and CEO Scott Phoenix, in an email to VentureBeat. “A good way to think about it is airplanes and birds. When building a plane, you want to borrow relevant features from birds, like low body weight and deformable wings, without getting into irrelevant details like feather colors and flapping.”
I think this quote is deeply inspired by the book Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom. Which is not surprising as Vicarous is trying to build the holy grail of AI: an artificial general intelligence.
They have the most impressive list of investors I have seen in a long time.