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article imageHow Unanimous AI platform capitalizes on values: Interview Special

By Tim Sandle     Jun 22, 2018 in Technology
Unanimous AI is a technology company that amplifies the intelligence of human groups using AI algorithms modeled after swarms in nature. Entrepreneur and inventor, Dr. Louis Rosenberg, explains more.
Inspired by the intelligence amplification effects that occur within flocks of birds, schools of fish, and swarms of bees, Unanimous AI enables people to achieve similar benefits by forming "artificial swarms" online. This is referred to as Swarm Artificial Intelligence, which is about the collective behavior of decentralized, self-organized systems, natural or artificial. The concept is employed in work on artificial intelligence.
The inventor, Dr. Louis B. Rosenberg, is a technologist, inventor, entrepreneur, and writer. He is also CEO of Unanimous AI. In 2018, Unanimous AI was awarded "Best AI and Machine Learning technology" at the prestigious SXSW Innovation Awards.
Unanimous AI became especially known when its Artificial Swarm Intelligence technology made a series of accurate predictions about key world events. These ranged from predicting the Academy Awards, the Kentucky Derby, the Super Bowl, and even the rise of Republican Party President Donald Trump. Unanimous AI has an interesting perspective that humans will be an essential piece of the puzzle to AI, now and in the future.
Dr. Rosenberg explains to Digital Journal about what Unanimous AI is and what it can do. In a companion article, Dr. Rosenberg discusses why understanding and appreciating psychology is necessary for AI development, see: "Platform pairs human psychology with AI: Interview".
Digital Journal: You've focused in recent years on pairing human psychology with AI. Is this why you developed Unanimous AI?
Dr. Louis Rosenberg: Unanimous AI was founded on the notion that people are smart - really smart - and that the right way to build super-intelligent systems is not to replace people, but to connect them into large-scale systems in which they are smarter together than alone. In this way, we use AI to amplify human intelligence. And it works. We have created systems that enable human groups to be significantly smarter together than alone.
DJ: Are emotions not too great a variable for a machine to interpret?
Dr. Rosenberg: Human emotions are complex. That said, traditional AI systems using facial and voice recognition will get relatively good at detecting motions. But this is surface detection. Machines are a long way from understanding the subtext behind emotions. On the other hand, we humans are very good at detecting the subtext behind emotions. In fact, we don't just detect it - we feel it.
That's called empathy. I believe we are a very long way from building an AI system that experiences empathy using traditional machine learning. That said, at Unanimous AI we have demonstrated through recent research that we can build AI systems that amplify empathy by connecting groups of people together - enabling them to better anticipate the feelings of others when thinking together as a system than they could do as individuals.
DJ: How different is Unanimous AI to other platforms?
Dr. Rosenberg: Unanimous AI is profoundly different than the vast majority of other AI companies and research labs. That's because we are focused on building super-intelligent systems that start with real people. We connect real-people into systems using AI algorithms. These systems tap the knowledge, wisdom, insights, and intuitions of the participants, and together converge on optimal solutions to complex problems. It's a very different approach, but we have shown it works through many research studies.
DJ: How have you tested its predictive power?
Dr. Rosenberg: At Unanimous AI, we have been very willing to publicly test the predictive power of our Swarm AI technology. We have done this through challenges from journalists, as well as through academic research. On the challenge side, the most well known challenge we took was when CBS Interactive challenged us to predict the 2016 Kentucky Derby - not just the winner, the first four horses in order.
That's called the Superfecta in horse racing and it's one of the hardest predictions you can make in sports. We made the prediction by connecting together a group of horse racing enthusiasts into a Swarm AI system. We gave the prediction to the reporter who tweeted it out along with a picture of her Superfecta ticket. And, we were correct - anyone who placed a $20 bet on those four horses in that order would have won $11,000. And that's exactly what I did, winning $11,000 based on the power of Swarm AI technology.
We have continued this type of work with academic partners too. For example, we published a study with Oxford University that tested Swarm AI systems against predicting major financial indicators - the S&P, the price of gold, the price of crude oil. We took a group of financial traders and we had them make weekly predictions over a period of 14 weeks, capturing their predictions as individuals and when working as a unified Swarm AI system. The Swarm AI system was 26% more accurate than the individual financial analysts. That's significant intelligence amplification.
DJ: What can developers do with Unanimous AI?
Dr. Rosenberg: Developers can email us and we can explore opportunities, but our platform is not open to the public for general use. Our current business model is to work directly with large corporations that want to use Swarm AI technology to generate amplified intelligence. We have done projects with a wide range of companies, including CNN, Boeing, eBay, WPP, Edelman, Deloitte, Red Bull, Publicis and Constellation Brands.
DJ: What do you think the future possibilities of AI are?
Dr. Rosenberg: I believe AI will continue to advance at a rapid pace. With respect to our Swarm AI technology, we believe our systems will continue to get smarter and smarter as our technology advances. Over just the last 12 months we've seen major advancements across a variety of fields For example, we've recently partnered with researchers at Stanford University to explore amplifying the accuracy of doctors making diagnosis by working together using Swarm AI technology.
The results have been very promising. We've also worked with researchers at Boeing to amplify the intelligence of military pilots using Swarm AI technology, which also had very promising results. We've also partnered with researchers at MIT Media Lab to use Swarm AI technology to derive optimized moral principles for self driving cars. We expect more and more of these applications to emerge in the coming years.
For further details about the power of artificial swarms, the video below shows a TED talk that I Dr. Rosenberg delivered recently:
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