Austin’s Lucid Aims to Make Artificial Intelligence More Human

Austin — Many of the advances in artificial intelligence have focused on the numbers, algorithms, and patterns that help computers to predict human behavior. An Austin, TX, company wants to connect that approach to one that uses more human-like reasoning, as well. “The ‘thinking like a human’ part is much more difficult to build,” says Michael Stewart, CEO and co-founder of Lucid. “It takes 20-something years to organically build a common-sensical human. How do you do that in computing?” Stewart says Lucid has figured out how to combine the mathematical analysis in most artificial intelligence software with the ability to answer the questions “why?” and “so what?” Lucid’s target customers are firms in industries like finance and healthcare that, Stewart says, especially to make decisions based on a deeper understanding—software…


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