Vicarious has introduced a new kind of neural-network algorithm designed to take into account more of the features that appear in biology. An important one is the ability to picture what the information it’s learned should look like in difference scenarios—a kind of artificial imagination. The company’s founders believe a fundamentally different design will be essential if machines are to demonstrate more humanlike intelligence. Computers will have to be able to learn from less data, and to recognize stimuli or concepts more easily.
不过，Vicarious 到现在除了展示可以识别验证码的一个机器视觉算法，还没有发表过一篇论文，也没有任何一款产品出来。根据其 CEO 的说法，该公司会在今年晚些时候发布基于这种新算法的机器人产品 demo。Vicarious 网站上的招聘信息也进一步佐证了该公司力图在机器人领域寻求突破的决心。
艾伦人工智能基金会 CEO Oren Etzioni 坦言：
The people [involved] are great, and the problems [they are working on] are great,But it’s time to deliver.
最后补充一点，这家公司先后完成共计7200万美元融资，其投资人包括Peter Thiel,、Mark Zuckerberg、Jeff Bezos以及Elon Musk。