The ghost in the machine: Vicarious and the search for AI that can rival the human brain

Vicarious cofounder D. Scott Phoenix: “Artificial intelligence is the next major fundamental technology that will empower the world.” Image: iStock Vicarious doesn’t plan to have a product out next year. Or the year after. Or even five years from now. By the time Vicarious launches its first full product, it could be 2031. And that far-distant timeline doesn’t seem to be putting off investors: already $70m has been put into the company from tech luminaries including Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos, despite the fact the company isn’t registered as a for-profit. Taking 15 or 20 years to launch a product proper sounds an eternity in a Silicon Valley where fortunes rise and fall in the three months between quarterly results, but Vicarious isn’t just working on any old…


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