Led by co-founders LinkedIn and DeepMind, Inflection AI is raising $225 million to transform human-computer interaction.

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Inflection AIThe machine learning startup, led by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Sulaiman, has raised $225 million in equity funding. according for filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The source of the capital is not yet clear – Inflection did not immediately respond to a request for more information – but the massive round shows strong investor confidence in Suleiman, who is the company’s CEO.

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Palo Alto, California-based Inflection has kept a low profile so far, giving relatively few media interviews. But on CNBC profile Since January, Suleiman has described the desire to create products that save people from having to simplify their ideas to communicate with machines, and the main goal is to use AI to help people “talk” to computers.

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“[Programming languages, mice, and other interfaces] is how we simplify our ideas and reduce their complexity, and in a sense, their creativity and their uniqueness in order to make the machine do something, ”Suleiman told the publication. “It looks like we are on the cusp of being able to generate a language with near-human-level performance. This opens up a whole new set of things we can do in the product space.”

The concept of translating human intentions into a language that computers can understand has been around for decades. Even today’s best chatbots and voice assistants have fallen short of their promises, but Suleiman and Hoffman are betting that coming advances in artificial intelligence will make an intuitive human-computer interface possible within the next five years.

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They will have competition. Just last month adept, a startup founded by former DeepMind, OpenAI and Google engineers and researchers, emerged from stealth with a similar concept: an AI that can automate any software process. DeepMind itself has explored an approach to teaching AI how to operate computers, in which the AI ​​observes keyboard and mouse commands from humans performing “follow instructions” computer tasks such as booking a flight.

Regardless, the size of Inflection’s funding round reflects the high cost of building sophisticated AI systems. OpenAI is estimated to have spent millions of dollars developing GPT-3, the company’s system that can generate humanoid text on demand. anthropicanother startup developing advanced AI models recently raised over half a billion dollars to, in the words of co-founder Dario Amodei, “explore the predictable scaling properties of machine learning systems.”

AI expertise isn’t cheap either, especially in the midst of lack of talent. In 2018, the tax return came to the attention of the New York Times. disclosed that OpenAI paid its lead researcher Ilya Sutskever over $1.9 million in 2016. Inflection recently poached AI experts from Google and Meta, CNBC informed in March.

“Even at large technology companies, relatively few people actually create these [AI] models. One of the benefits of doing this in a startup is that we can work much faster and be more dynamic,” Suleiman told CNBC. “My experience of building many, many teams over the last 15 years is that there is a golden moment where you have a really tight-knit, small, focused team. I’ll try to keep it as long as possible.”

A cloud surrounds Inflexia, somewhat following reports that Suleiman allegedly bullied employees at Google, where he worked after being placed on administrative leave from DeepMind due to disagreements related to some of his projects. Google launched an investigation into his behavior at the time. Wall Street Journalbut never made his findings public.


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