Mark Zuckerberg Invests In AI Company Vicarious

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook has a major interest in artificial intelligence, and according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has invested in a company called Vicarious.

Joined also by SpaceX/Tesla CEO Elon Musk and actor Ashton Kutcher, the three were part of a recent $40 million investment round.

The funding round was led by VC firm Formation 8 who believes strongly in what the company is working on:

“Companies that pioneer a fundamental technological breakthrough often come to define entire industries. I believe Vicarious has the potential to become one of these companies.”

Little is known about Vicarious, but here’s what it hopes to accomplish:

Replicating the neocortex, the part of the brain that sees, controls the body, understands language and does math. Translate the neocortex into computer code and “you have a computer that thinks like a person,” says Vicarious co-founder Scott Phoenix. “Except it doesn’t have to eat or sleep.”

Simple enough, right? The technology could still be decades away, as replicating our brain activity is a difficult task even for the most advanced super computers.

According to a Facebook spokesman, Mark Zuckerberg invested in Vicarious as a personal project, though with the social network having its own AI team, I’m not so sure that’s the case.

Mike Stenger

Lover of technology, Mike often makes jokes that nobody laughs at.


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