Guest Column

Autonomous AI

July, 2018

AI has come a long way since 1968 when Stanley Kubrick introduced us to HAL 9000, the first ‘sentient’ machine in the epic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Even then the idea of a machine that could think, learn and reason on its own accord was a captivating proposition, albeit complete science fiction.  And yet, there are countless examples where life imitates art.

For the past ten years, Cortica has been working to take AI to its next level of evolution by closely studying the behavior of the cortex in mammals. By reverse engineering the way that the human brain learns, Cortica scientists have developed ‘Autonomous AI’ – technology that enables machines to think… just like you and I do.

The future of machines is autonomy – from self-driving cars, to automated security systems - Autonomous AI enables machines to learn, reason and anticipate all on their own, without human input.

By tapping into the live brain tissue of rats and replicating the structures and functions of the cortical network, researchers and scientists honed in on the process of ‘Unsupervised’ Learning;’ a re-creation of the way in which people receive, process and react to information or stimulus.

Traditional state-of-the-art technology often utilizes a ‘deep learning’ (supervised) approach in which the system is fed heavy amounts of annotated data – essentially teaching through repetition - to enable the machine to carry out one specific task. This process is highly labor-intensive, as it requires feeding data to the machine in a clean and organized manner with multiple examples of the same individual task.

With an unsupervised learning approach the system combs through heavy amounts of data, organizes it automatically based on what the items have in common and, by doing so, the machine begins to learn and comprehend on its own.

You and I experience the world around us in an unsupervised way on a daily basis.  We learn in real-time and all at once. We observe, infer, and comprehend simultaneously in an unsupervised manner. Autonomous AI is biologically inspired by this understanding - essentially enabling machines to mimic human cognitive function outside the confines of the human brain.

In the future, Autonomous will be the paradigm for Artificial Intelligence and it will reshape industries ranging from big data to security, driving, engineering and countless more. The automobile industry will likely be among the first adopters as Autonomous AI is the key to supporting intelligent, reactive, predictive and safe autonomous (driverless) vehicles.

Autonomous AI enhances the vehicle’s understanding of its environment – allowing it to fully comprehend its surroundings beyond a simple data-based description of past situations, circumstances or conditions. Cortica’s Autonomous AI brings the car to life by facilitating identification of the moving parts in the car’s environment, enabling the car to make informed decisions, and even allowing prediction and, when necessary, correction to fall in line with the changes in path of all the elements in its surroundings.

With the introduction of Autonomous AI, a world of new possibility is unlocked - one that will impact our lives on a fundamental level.  The results will reverberate throughout aspects of our lives that we have yet to conceive.

Igal Raichelgauz,

CEO, Cortica