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Nigel Artificial Intelligence Learns Common Sense Via Observation

In an AI industry first, Kimera System’s Nigel artificial general intelligence technology applies common sense actions to relevant situations it determined through unsupervised learning and observation

PORTLAND, Ore. – August 24, 2016 /Wire4Tech/ Kimera Systems Inc. (www.kimerasystems.com) today announced its Nigel™ artificial general intelligence (AGI) technology became the first commercially deployable artificial intelligence technology to observe user behavior, comprehend context, and derive a common sense set of actions to apply under specific circumstances. This groundbreaking achievement in artificial intelligence comes decades before many experts believe it will be possible.

“The ability for machines to learn common sense through observation is one of the next ‘holy grails’ in artificial intelligence,” said Steve Ardire, advisor to AI startups including Kimera. “Billions of dollars have been invested in pursuit of common sense learning in AI, but no company has yet announced anything close to what Kimera just achieved. The ability to reach this milestone using smartphones is a strong indication that Nigel is both commercially deployable and scalable.”

Kimera’s engineers wanted to validate how the Nigel single algorithm AGI learns, so in the first test of the currently private beta, users were instructed to go to the movies with their Nigel-enabled smartphones. There was no special programming used on Nigel, only some guidance provided to beta testers, ensuring a fully unsupervised learning test for the technology. Nigel was able to observe that a movie theater is a type of location, and that people share common behaviors with respect to their phones when they visit this type of location. Through these observations, Nigel learned to proactively dim screens and silence smartphones when people enter a cinema.

As an artificial general intelligence technology, Nigel represents a new approach that fuses together a broad range of hard and soft sensor data, resulting in continuous observation, moment-to-moment contextual awareness and soon, complete comprehension. Nigel applies what it understands to real-world situations, learning about each user’s goals and proactively offering assistance in achieving them.

Rather than rely upon a centralized “brain” or knowledge bank, Nigel learns through an ever-growing neural network with nodes that can extend to any type of connected device. Nigel is engineered to leverage the existing computing power on smartphones and can be easily scaled to very large user populations. As more people use Nigel-enabled apps and devices, Nigel’s understanding of concepts accelerates, allowing the technology to recognize user needs based on location, calendar and contact entries, time of day, environments, and more.

Kimera will soon be adding new users to Nigel’s closed beta.  To become part of the beta test group, people are invited to register at: kimerasystems.com/nigel/beta-program/.

About Kimera Systems
Kimera Systems, the AGI company™, is the developer of Nigel™ – the world’s first human-like artificial intelligence technology that makes networked “smart” devices intelligent. As Nigel learns, it becomes aware of people’s personal needs and understands the context of their activities. With this awareness, Nigel transforms passive apps and devices, which today require user inputs, into a dynamic services environment that constantly adapts to people’s needs. Nigel proactively launches apps and delivers information to assist people in their everyday lives. For more information, visit www.kimerasystems.com.

For updates on how the Nigel technology learns and progresses, follow Nigel on social media at:
Twitter: @NigelLearns
Facebook: NigelAGI

For company updates, follow Kimera on social media at:
Twitter: @KimeraSystems
Facebook: KimeraSystems
LinkedIn: Kimera Systems

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Kimera Systems Delivers Nigel – World’s First Artificial General Intelligence

Breakthrough achievement in artificial intelligence comes decades before most experts predict AGI technology will be possible

PORTLAND, Ore. – August 10, 2016 /Wire4Tech/ Kimera Systems (www.kimerasystems.com) today announced the birth of Nigel™ – the world’s first commercial human-like intelligence technology for connected devices. Nigel was delivered at a birthday party held last Friday in downtown Portland by its creator, Kimera co-founder and CEO Mounir Shita. The Nigel artificial general intelligence (AGI) technology began learning immediately in the same way humans do: by observing the behavior of people with Nigel-enabled devices.

Kimera COO Nicholas Gilman (L) and CEO Mounir Shita (R) celebrate Nigel's birthday

Kimera COO Nicholas Gilman (L) and CEO Mounir Shita (R) celebrate Nigel’s birthday

Shita began working on his single-algorithm, federated approach to artificial intelligence in 2005, and Kimera Systems was formally incorporated in 2012.  The technology was dubbed “Nigel” to honor one of its principal architects, Nigel Deighton, a noted international expert on wireless technologies and a former Gartner research vice president, who passed away in 2013.

Kimera has validated Nigel’s ability to learn and react to various situations and contexts, a breakthrough achievement in artificial intelligence coming decades before most experts predict such AI technology could be ready for commercial deployment.  After years of development and laboratory testing, Nigel has finally been rolled out to a select group of private beta users so the technology can begin to gather data and begin learning in the real world. A public beta will soon be available.


Digital Summit – Shoreditch Town Hall panel on artificial intelligence featuring: Nick Bostrom, Daniel Glaser, Murray Shanahan, Riva-Melissa Tez and Adam Rutherford
Key moments found at 5:05 – 6:09, 11:20 – 11:40, 14:34 – 14:55 and 15:32 – 15:38

“There are billions of connected devices and objects people call ‘smart,’ but ‘smart’ does not include comprehension,” said Shita. “Personal assistant apps found on most smartphones are ‘smart’ but have limited utility because they are programmed to react in specific ways, and are constrained by this programming. You cannot ask your smartphone ‘is everyone there?’ and expect it to give you an answer relevant to your situation at that moment. Because Nigel will understand this question, it can give you a meaningful answer.”

From Smart to Intelligent

As an artificial general intelligence technology, Nigel represents a new approach that fuses together a broad range of hard and soft sensor data, achieving moment-to-moment contextual awareness that allows Nigel to learn and apply what it understands to real-world situations. Rather than a centralized “brain” or knowledge bank, Nigel learns through an ever-growing neural network with nodes that can extend to any type of connected device. As more people use Nigel-enabled apps and devices, its understanding of concepts accelerates, allowing the technology to recognize user needs based on location, calendar and contact entries, time of day, environments, and more.

Not Just Theory

Early testing of Nigel demonstrated its unique potential to help people achieve goals and solve problems. The Nigel technology was set up on the phones for all attendees of a meeting, but one meeting participant was running late. The late person texted another attendee with the message “is everyone there?” That attendee had switched his phone to silent and never saw the message. But, because it was installed on all participants’ smartphones and could see location and calendar data, Nigel was able to understand the context of the question and automatically respond with a text to the late party, “everyone is here except you.”

In a test conducted during a Super Mobility Week expo in Las Vegas, Nigel learned whether a person had a particular kind of food preference or sensitivity. If a person paused in front of a restaurant, Nigel would automatically call up and display a filtered menu of that location on the person’s smartphone, listing only menu options based on the individual’s preferences that Nigel observed and learned.

Privacy is Paramount

Data gathered via Nigel are encrypted and stored in “personal clouds” and no private information ever leaves the control of the person to whom it belongs. Personal clouds are even kept private from Kimera Systems and other personal clouds. Kimera is working with app developers, device manufacturers and network operators to integrate Nigel and enable an ecosystem of end-user value exponentially greater than anything else currently available.

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About Kimera Systems
Kimera Systems is the developer of Nigel™ – the world’s first human-like artificial intelligence technology that makes networked “smart” devices intelligent. As Nigel learns, it becomes aware of people’s personal needs and understands the context of their activities. With this awareness, Nigel transforms passive apps and devices, which today require user inputs, into a dynamic services environment that constantly adapts to people’s needs. Nigel proactively launches apps and delivers information to assist people in their everyday lives. For more information visit www.kimerasystems.com.

For updates on how the Nigel technology learns and progresses, follow Nigel on social media at:
Twitter: @NigelLearns
Facebook: NigelAGI

For company updates, follow Kimera on social media at:
Twitter: @KimeraSystems
Facebook: KimeraSystems
LinkedIn: Kimera Systems

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The Audienci Group
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kimera@audienci.com
Press Kit: http://kimera.audienci.com

 

Kimera Systems Closes Initial Funding for Major Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough

Kimera closes angel round of funding, setting sights on launching its game-changing artificial general intelligence (AGI) technology

PORTLAND, Ore. – July 27, 2016 /Wire4Tech/ Kimera Systems (www.kimerasystems.com), developers of the world’s first commercial human-like intelligence technology for connected devices, today announced the closing of its angel round of funding. The funding, received from private investors, allows the company to begin scaling its breakthrough Nigel™ artificial general intelligence (or AGI) technology and bring it to market.

“We were privileged to get an in-depth look at Kimera’s Nigel technology, and to say its capabilities are mind-blowing is an understatement,” said Ben Larson with Pacific Alpine Investment Group. “The implications of an intelligence technology that is not limited to a single domain but learns and understands across every domain are astronomical. After our due diligence, including speaking to several artificial intelligence experts, our decision to put money into Kimera Systems was an easy one.”

For more than a year, Kimera has been demonstrating Nigel’s ability to learn and react to situations and contexts, a breakthrough achievement in artificial intelligence that comes decades before most experts predict such technology could be ready for commercial deployment. After years of development and laboratory testing, Nigel is about to be “born” – that is, rolled out commercially for the first time, allowing the technology to gather data and begin learning in the real world.

“When machines start comprehending what they observe and use that knowledge to proactively help people achieve goals, everything changes,” said Mounir Shita, founder and CEO of Kimera Systems. “The impact of technology that understands will far exceed the original impact the internet had for people.  Unlike current ‘Deep Learning’ techniques, which today have no obvious way to achieve human-like intelligence, Nigel is based on a new approach to artificial intelligence that fuses together a broad range of soft and hard sensor data, achieving moment-to-moment contextual awareness, allowing Nigel to learn and apply what it understands to real-world situations, much like a human does.”

Kimera is not deploying Nigel as an app. Instead the company is working with app developers and device manufacturers to integrate Nigel into existing apps and devices. This app-free approach makes deploying Nigel to even low-cost devices eminently affordable while delivering end-user value exponentially greater than even today’s most advanced digital assistants.

About Kimera Systems
Kimera Systems produces the world’s first human-like awareness technology to make phones and other networked devices smarter. As Kimera’s breakthrough technology Nigel™ learns, it becomes aware of people’s personal needs and the context of their activities. With this awareness, Nigel transforms passive apps and devices, which today require user inputs, into a dynamic services environment that constantly adapts to people’s needs. Nigel proactively launches apps and delivers information to assist people in their everyday lives.


For updates on how the Nigel technology learns and progresses, follow Nigel on social media at:
Twitter: @NigelLearns
Facebook: NigelAGI

Follow Kimera Systems on social media at:
Twitter: @KimeraSystems
Facebook: KimeraSystems
LinkedIn: Kimera Systems

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John Sidline
The Audienci Group
+1-503-989-5474
kimera@audienci.com
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Kimera Systems to Give Live Demonstration of Major Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough

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Kimera System will demonstrate new capabilities of its Nigel technology, now the first AI system that extracts understanding from observing reality and not just the analysis of words

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  • Nigel™ now has situational awareness that allows it to use natural language processing (NLP) and understand “why” a user says something;
  • Nigel is able to understand the complexities around human behavior by using newly developed techniques to process sensory data, instead of focusing just on speech;
  • Using data from Nigel’s neural network and the various sensors on a device, Nigel can discern even subtle differences in context and situations that can make one sentence or question have a wide variety of meanings;
  • While other AI technologies can understand “what” a person says, this demonstration uses the core Nigel technology to power the first NLP functionality that uses real-world intelligence to understand “why” it was said.
     

PORTLAND, Ore. January 14, 2015 /MobilityWire/ — Kimera Systems (www.kimerasystems.com), producers of Nigel™, the world’s first commercial human-like intelligence technology for connected devices, today announced it will be demonstrating a major breakthrough in artificial intelligence at the NewTech PDX meetup, held in Portland, Ore. on January 16. Kimera Systems achieved the ability for Nigel to have a situational and context awareness that allows it to understand the “why” – achieving this breakthrough at least five years before the earliest prediction that such technology could be ready for commercial deployment.

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Kimera Systems Presents Human-like Intelligence Technology for Connected Devices at Collision Conference

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Kimera Systems’ Nigel™ technology “bends the network” connecting users directly to services, content and products at the exact time they need them, before they even ask

PORTLAND, Ore., May 13, 2014 /MobilityWire/ — Kimera Systems (www.kimerasystems.com), producers of the world’s first commercial human-like intelligence technology for connected devices, will be showcasing Nigel at the upcoming Collision Conference in Las Vegas, May 13 and 14.

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Kimera Systems Introduces Nigel™ – the First Human-like Intelligence for Connected Devices

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More than simple context awareness, Nigel offers new revenue opportunities for mobile network operators and device manufacturers by continuously getting smarter, anticipating user needs to deliver value

PORTLAND, Ore. and CTIA in Las Vegas – MobilityWire® – May 21, 2013

Kimera Systems (www.kimerasystems.com), producers of the world’s first human-like awareness technology for connected devices, today unveiled Nigel, the intelligence behind its context-aware service. Kimera Systems will showcase Nigel via demos, presentation and a private Android-based alpha version at CTIA in booth 3729W.

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Media Advisory: Kimera Systems to Present Human-like Awareness Technology for Connected Devices at CTIA

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Portland-based startup selected to present innovative technology at the CTIA Telecom Innovation Showcase

Kimera Systems (www.kimerasystems.com), producers of the world’s first human-like awareness technology for connected devices, will be showcasing its innovative new service at the upcoming CTIA event in Las Vegas, May 21 to 23 in the Telecom Council Innovation Showcase in booth #3729W.

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Kimera Systems Expands Management Team as Company Brings Intelligent Context Awareness Technology to Market

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New CTO and CMO are technology industry veterans with keen understanding of Kimera Systems’ prospective customers, partners and markets

Kimera Systems (www.kimerasystems.com), producers of the world’s first intelligent context awareness technology for connected devices, today announced that Jim Walter has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer and Mark Johnson as Chief Marketing Officer. Highly qualified to bring Kimera Systems’ cutting edge technology to market, Jim and Mark each bring more than 20 years of experience to their respective roles.

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