Mark Zuckerberg and Ashton Kutcher invest $40M in stealthy AI startup Vicarious

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Mar 22, 2014 10:49 AM EDT

Vicarious has secured $40 million in its second financing round today led by Formation 8. ts investors include high-profile individuals such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla's Elon Musk, and Hollywood's Ashton Kutcher, according to VentureBeat.

The Wall Street Journal cited co-founder Scott Phoenix saying: "We tell investors that right now, human beings are doing a lot of things that computers should be able to do."

Phoenix said the company is hoping to develop machines that can perform complex tasks. For now, its artificial intelligence (AI) technology is still learning object recognition, the report explained.

Vicarious wants to produce a computer code that mimics the human neocortex. The latter is the part of the brain the controls actions, processes language, and calculates formula. Phoenix said the startup will not be profitable for some time. In addition, there are no additional details about the functions of their AI tech. The complete address of the firm also remains undisclosed to prevent it from being hacked, Business Insider detailed.

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