Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Ex-Apple Workers’ Startup Raises $100 Million, Collaborates With OpenAI

Humane, a startup based by former Apple staff, mentioned on Wednesday it has raised $100 million (roughly Rs. 800 crore) and can launch its first merchandise this spring.

The corporate, based in 2018 by Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, has now raised $241 million (roughly Rs. 2,000 crore) however has but to reveal what it’s constructing, saying solely that it’s a “software program platform and client system constructed from the bottom up for synthetic intelligence.”

A video posted by the corporate and patent filings counsel {that a} wearable system will undertaking data onto the true world and permit customers to control that data with their palms.

Humane additionally mentioned that it’s collaborating with OpenAI, the creator of AI merchandise equivalent to ChatGPT that may generate human-like conversational textual content and Dall-E that may generate photos, to combine OpenAI’s expertise into Humane’s system.

Sam Altman, OpenAI’s founder and a earlier Humane investor, participated in funding spherical on Wednesday, the corporate mentioned.

Humane additionally mentioned that Microsoft, which has constructed an enormous cloud computing infrastructure particularly for AI, took half within the funding spherical.

Humane mentioned it’s going to associate with Microsoft’s cloud to deliver Humane’s software program providers platform to market.

“Our merchandise are constructed on an built-in system and cloud platform that may permit us, and others, to create AI-driven experiences that really feel pure, enjoyable and wanted,” Patrick Gates, one other Apple veteran who’s Humane’s chief expertise officer, mentioned in an announcement.

Humane additionally mentioned that it’s working with Korean electronics large LG Electronics “on potential (analysis and improvement) tasks for the subsequent part of Humane merchandise” and with Volvo Automotive’s Tech Fund on “a possible future collaboration which might be the primary instance of Humane’s providing being utilized to the automotive business.”

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