The capability of a machine to "learn" on its own is the subject of some debate. With traditional supervised machine learning, decisions can be optimized, but the machine isn't really learning by itself. Now a startup called Cogitai is hoping to push the limits of a machine's capability to learn continuously using reinforcement learning techniques. Cogitai was founded in 2015 by some of the earliest innovators in the reinforcement learning (RL) field, including Mark Ring, Peter Stone, and Pete Wurman. The Orange County, California is hoping to leverage the collective RL knowledge work of its founders and the 15 or so PhD computer scientists in the firm to change the course of AI applications.
To address this problem, Cogitai is committed to developing systems that learn continually from their experience. "Our continual-learning technology will allow computer systems to build knowledge and skills simply through interacting with the world around them," said Dr. Mark Ring, CEO of Cogitai. "Simple knowledge and skills gained through early experience will allow development of more complex knowledge and skills in a powerful cycle of never-ending self-improvement. Though this ambition has always been one of the major goals of AI, it has never been considered feasible in the near term by those knowledgeable in the field, but our team believes it sees a path toward this dream." "Our company will build upon decades of research in the fields of Reinforcement Learning and Deep Learning, harnessing recent progress, but going well beyond current technology to create systems that learn for themselves how the world works in ways reminiscent of how human children do," said Dr. Satinder Singh, Chief Scientist of Cogitai.
Cogitai, a new company aimed at developing and commercializing core artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, today announced a strategic investment from Sony Corporation. Cogitai is focused on addressing one of the biggest problems confronting AI: namely, that no existing AI system has an understanding of the world comparable to a human's. Even small children in the first few years of life develop an understanding of the world far richer and more sophisticated than the most elaborate AI systems on earth. To address this problem, Cogitai is committed to developing systems that learn continually from their experience. "Our continual-learning technology will allow computer systems to build knowledge and skills simply through interacting with the world around them," said Dr. Mark Ring, CEO of Cogitai.
Cogitai, Inc., a new AI-based startup focusing on continual learning, is seeking highly skilled and motivated individuals for immediate hire. About Cogitai Cogitai, Inc. is dedicated to building artificial intelligences (AIs) that learn continually from interactive experience with the real world. Our goal is to build the brains, i.e., the continual-learning AI software, that will let everyday things that sense and act get smarter, more skilled, and more knowledgeable over time with experience. This experience will be shared across things and across domains to allow the rapid scaling-up of experience-based learning. In short, we aim to become the world leader in continual learning.
The consumer electronics company has invested in AI startup Cogitai to build intelligent systems that will learn from their own experiences in the world. "We have a shared vision for where AI needs to go," Dr. Satinder Singh, the co-founder of Cogitai, told Engadget. "The next wave will be'continual learning.' It's the idea that machine intelligence will continually grow as it interacts with the world." Continual learning isn't just about creating smart devices that sense your presence or virtual assistants that understand you better.