Zuckerberg, Musk, and Kutcher investing $400 million in AI startup Vicarious
According to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla Motors' billionaire Chairman Elon Musk, and actor and tech investor Aston Kutcher are making a $400 million investment in an artificial intelligence (AI) company called Vicarious.
The AI firm Vicarious in which Zuckerberg, Musk and Kutcher are investing $400 million is a San Francisco-based startup which aims to recreate human neocortex, the part of the human brain which handles cognitive functions such as math and language.
Revealing that the key objective of Vicarious is replicate the human neocortex as computer code, the startup's founder Scott Phoenix told the WSJ that once the company successfully achieves it aim, "you have a computer that thinks like a person except it doesn't need to eat or sleep."
Phoenix further added that once that task is accomplished, Vicarious will undertake another task - to create a computer which is capable of understanding not just shapes and objects, but also the textures linked to them.
The $400 million investment in Vicarious by Zuckerberg, Musk and Kutcher marks the startup's second big injection of capital. The first $15 million round was lead by venture capital outfit Formation 8, and included investments by Facebook and Asana co-founder Dustin Moskovitz; former Facebook CTO and Quora founder Adam D'Angelo; PayPal and Palantir co-founder Peter Thiel; and Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale.
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