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Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Ashton Kutcher Mysteriously Invest in Artificial Intelligence Company

24
Mar
2014

Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Ashton Kutcher — a veritable tech trifecta — have quietly come together and invested $40 million in a “secretive artificial-intelligence company,” the Wall Street Journal reports.  Neither Mr. Musk nor Mr. Kutcher would give the WSJ a comment, and a Facebook spokesperson simply indicated that Mr. Zuckerberg’s investment is, in the WSJ’s words, “a personal one and does not reflect Facebook’s interest in using Vicarious software.” The Facebook comment is a little surprising — it seems like the social network would be interested in the kind of technology Vicarious is working on. As the WSJ notes, Facebook is already using artificial intelligence to do that creepy thing where it recognizes your friends’ faces in photos, and they also recently hired Yann LeCun to direct their new artificial intelligence research lab.

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