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Tesla chief Elon Musk, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and actor and venture capitalist Ashton Kutcher have invested $40 million into Vicarious, a robotics company that’s studying the human brain’s neocortex and attempting to translate its function to computer code, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
The neocortex is an essential element of being human, providing the functions that allow us to think, see, move, and much more. Speaking to the Journal in an interview, Vicarious co-founder Scott Phoenix said that his company’s goal is to build “a computer that thinks like a person.”
Vicarious is part of a broader robotics and artificial-intelligence movement sweeping the tech world. A slew of major companies, including Google and Amazon, are looking to leverage robotics, and Google is especially interested in enhancing artificial intelligence.
Vicarious can’t say how long it will take for it to achieve its goal of creating a robot that can think like a human, but the company believes it’s only a matter of time before it happens.
Ever heard of Ray Kurzweil and his projections for the ‘Singularity’?
Either way, this is exciting stuff, and we are excited to see what Vicarious accomplishes in the near future.