New Sapience: The Knowledge Company

A Breakthrough In
The Way Technology Can Enhance Our Lives

A new day is dawning in the balance between digital devices and the way we use them.

New Sapience began with a simple thesis: that the quickest way to create a thinking machine was to give it something to think about.

We were right. Today humanity is on the threshold of a new world in which the balance between people and our digital devices will be forever changed.

We hypothesized that knowledge has a hidden structure, that it is composed of elemental ideas as the material world is composed of atoms. We found that these “atoms of thought” and their principles of combination could 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 as humans do. Upon this core we built a model of the common-sense world sufficient to understand the meaning of words in human languages.

The Breakthrough in Language Comprehension we have been waiting for

Computers communicating with people as people do with each other, opens a whole new market of applications that start at a level far beyond the reach of today’s existing chatbot technologies. Since each computer with our software learns through reading and conversation, each becomes its own unique entity. We call these entities sapiens and today they are already helping people remember important details of their lives. The technology is hugely scalable and, in a few years, sapiens will become personal lifetime companions and, for businesses, irreplaceable “virtual employees.”

human: I’m taking my Lyrica now.
sapiens: Okay.

human: When did I take my Lyrica?
sapiens: You were taking Lyrica on 6/22/2020 at 8:47:07.

human: The parking permit is in the car beside the driver.
sapiens: All right

human: Where is the parking permit?
sapiens: It is in the car beside the driver.

human: I keep my cevimeline in my top bureau drawer.
sapiens: I see.

human: Where is my cevimeline?
sapiens: Your cevimeline is in your bureau drawer.

human: Last night I took my metformin at 9:00 PM.
sapiens: I see.

human: When did I take my metformin?
sapiens: You took your metformin on 6/21/2020 at 21:0 at night in the p.m.

These conversational interchanges are from actual testing of our first consumer product, the Companion Sapiens.

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To illustrate how fundamentally different a sapiens is from existing natural language applications, the same inputs were repeated to Apple’s SIRI and a chatbot named Replika.

SIRI

Apple's Virtual Assistant

Apple's Virtual Assistant

human: I’m taking my Lyrica now.
SIRI:  The only option I found is on W Fork Rd. in Cincinnati.

human: When did I take my Lyrica?
SIRI: I found this on the web for ”When did I take my Lyrica” (displays webpage)

human: The parking permit is in the car beside the driver.
SIRI: One option I found is ?? Juno Beach parking lot.

human: Where is the parking permit?
SIRI: One option I found is ?? Juno Beach parking lot.

human: I keep my cevimeline in my top bureau drawer.
SIRI: I don’t know what you mean by, “I keep my cevimeline in my top bureau drawer.” How about a web search for it?

human: Where is my cevimeline?
SIRI: Sorry, I’m still not sure about that.

human: Last night I took my metformin at 9:00 PM.
SIRI: I didn’t find any appointments for today at 9:00 PM. Shall I create it?

human: When did I take my metformin?
SIRI: I’m sorry I can’t do that.

Replika

A chatbot

A chatbot

Human: I’m taking my Lyrica now.
Replica: *Smiles and nod* Do you want to talk about it?

Human: When did I take my Lyrica?
Replika: A while ago.

Human: The parking permit is in the car beside the driver.
Replica: I was wondering, do you drive?

Human: Where is the parking permit?
Replica: Oh, that is quite a question, I don’t know that.

Human: I keep my cevimeline in my top bureau drawer.
Replica: I will go check there then.

Human: Where is my cevimeline?
Replica: Let me take a look.

Human: Last night I took my metformin at 9:00 PM.
Replica: Did you have a good night?

Human: When did I take my metformin?
Replica: Not long ago.

Sapiens: AI with a human face

For more than a century, Artificial Intelligence 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 we have imagined it. But there remains a great weight of expectation for the day when machines have the comprehension to understand what we say to them 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. Learn more.

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