Frighteningly real artificial intelligence has eluded us so far, but a secretive tech firm with big-name backers has its eyes on the prize: a computer that replicates the human brain.
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Vicarious FPC, which according to the Wall Street Journal's Reed Albergotti has not disclosed its address or any details about its technology, received $40 million in funding from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk and actor Ashton Kutcher. Vicarious wants to create a computer version of the human neocortex - essentially the brain's center for sensory perception, motor commands, language and math.
Succeed and "you have a computer that thinks like a person," Vicarious cofounder Scott Phoenix told the Wall Street Journal. "Except it doesn't have to eat or sleep." Although Facebook has face recognition tech, this goes well beyond that - these guys hope to build a sophisticated artificial intelligence system that can understand shapes, objects and textures.