A new day is dawning in the balance between digital devices and the way we use them
New Sapience began with a simple thesis: the quickest way to create a thinking machine is to give it something to think about. We were right.
The technology we have developed actually comprehends and learns – much like humans do. We are already ahead of what existing Artificial Intelligence (AI) can accomplish using a millionth of the complexity and computing power they require.
We hypothesized that knowledge is composed of elemental ideas, like the material world is composed of atoms. We discovered that these “atoms of thought,” and their principles of combination can be captured in software without having to emulate the neural processing architecture of the human brain.
We built a compact structure of core concepts that learns, not by training against datasets, but by reasoning about new information to build upon what it already knows. Just as humans do. Upon this core we built a model of the common-sense world sufficient to understand the meaning of words in human language.
Computers communicating with people, as people do with each other, is at a level far beyond the reach of today’s existing chatbot technologies. Just by installing a simple app on your existing digital devices turns them into a unique privacy-protected entity that learns through reading and conversation. We call these entities “sapiens.”
The technology is hugely scalable and, in a few years, sapiens will become personal lifetime companions and, for businesses, irreplaceable “virtual employees.”
To illustrate how fundamentally different a sapiens is from existing natural language applications, we provided the same statements and questions to Siri, Apple’s built-in virtual assistant, and “Replika,” a personalized chat bot companion. The results show our sapiens demonstrating knowledge and understanding, where current market-leading products just do not.
This is unlike anything else out there today and will be available in our first consumer product—the Companion Series Sapiens
For more than a century, AI has been a favorite topic of science fiction writers and visionaries. It is the ultimate goal of computer science. Today, the term is widely used to refer to many techniques and applications that have little to do with AI as people have imagined it. But there remains a great expectation for the day when machines have the comprehension to understand what we say and the intelligence to do what we ask.
With the advent of sapiens, that day is arriving sooner than most experts had envisioned. How will the reality measure up against the decades of hype, hopes and fears? There is no doubt that the impact will be profound, in ways we can reliably predict and others we cannot.
From our perspective we are confident that the hopes for AI are more well-founded than the fears. Sapiens are intelligent because at their core they encompass knowledge “curated” from human minds. They will be forever grounded in a perspective of the world that is truly human.