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What We Do


We build artificial intelligence that understands the world the way people do.

Through language understanding, our technology accelerates how people learn, reason, and create.

 

 

 

 

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What We Do


We build artificial intelligence that understands the world the way people do.

Through language understanding, our technology accelerates how people learn, reason, and create.

 

 

 

 

When was the last time you had an intelligent conversation with your computer to solve a real problem?
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Our Challenge


Today’s AI systems can help you locate the closest restaurants or find answers to simple questions.

But, these systems cannot grasp the underlying meaning of language or provide rich explanations behind their answers. 

 


 

 

 

Our Challenge


Today’s AI systems can help you locate the closest restaurants or find answers to simple questions.

But, these systems cannot grasp the underlying meaning of language or provide rich explanations behind their answers. 

 


 

 

 

The next grand challenge in AI is to
build systems that truly understand.
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Our Technology


Our technology combines natural language processing, semantics, probabilistic joint inference, and advanced machine learning.

The result is a novel AI architecture that autonomously reads, dialogs, and collaborates with people. 

Our system not only discovers answers to questions but understands why those answers make sense.

 

 

 

 

Our Technology


Our technology combines natural language processing, semantics, probabilistic joint inference, and advanced machine learning.

The result is a novel AI architecture that autonomously reads, dialogs, and collaborates with people. 

Our system not only discovers answers to questions but understands why those answers make sense.

 

 

 

 

How does Elemental Cognition work?

From The Elemental to The Complex

Our system learns and understands human language like we do: it gets better at understanding more complex ideas by learning and building on simpler ones first.

Layer-by-Layer Learning

The system interprets language at multiple layers of meaning (i.e. text, grammar, semantics, logic, and scenes) and then builds a logical model of understanding, identifying any knowledge gaps in the process.

Continuous Human-Machine Collaboration

The system takes steps to build a richer understanding through continuous dialog with people and other sources of knowledge. As the Elemental Cognition system collaborates with people, it learns to formulate smarter questions and provide deeper explanations.

Creative Potential, Amplified

Over time, the system becomes more effective, accelerating our ability to reason and helping us solve problems. This results in more time for people to focus on what they do best: being creative.

Artificial Intelligence through Human Cognition

Our architecture is shaped by how people think about the meaning of words, not just by how words appear on a page. In that way, the elements of human cognition are the foundation of our technology. They are the reason we can provide meaningful explanations to people when they ask the question, 'Why does this answer make sense?'

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Who We Are


We are a team of researchers and engineers led by Dr. David Ferrucci.

We build groundbreaking AI.

 

Who We Are


We are a team of researchers and engineers led by Dr. David Ferrucci.

We build groundbreaking AI.

 

VIDEO: Machines As Thought Partners (PopTech, 2016).

Dr. David Ferrucci is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Scientist of Elemental Cognition. He has over 30 years of AI experience.

Dr. Ferrucci built and led the IBM Watson team from its inception through its landmark Jeopardy success in 2011 when Watson defeated the greatest Jeopardy! players of all time.

With Elemental Cognition, "he sees a future in which AI will become a powerful amplifier of human creative potential – a system based not on machine learning but natural learning that will enable humans and machines to explore, collaborate and ask 'why' together." Dr. Ferrucci shares more about his vision in the above talk, which took place at the last edition of PopTech.  


We are hiring.


With offices in Connecticut and New York City, we are looking for passionate, skilled, and hands-on researchers and application developers who want the freedom and opportunity to solve the real problem in AI today — getting computers to fluently and intelligently dialog about any topic that they read, demonstrating levels of understanding never achieved before by any automated system.


We are looking for the world’s best:

  • AI research scientists with experience in one or more of the following disciplines: natural language processing, automated reasoning, deep learning, knowledge representation and cognition.
     
  • Software engineers with experience in application development and/or software system infrastructure and performance.
     

  • If you think you would like to be a part of our team, please email your resume to jobs@elementalcognition.com. We are excited to learn more about you!

     

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