5 AI companies making science fiction seem less fictional

Written by Kevin Armstrong
Published on Oct. 24, 2017
5 AI companies making science fiction seem less fictional

Science fiction authors like Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick created worlds we tend to think of as inconceivable. However, recent developments in the field of artificial intelligence seem to be making sci-fi scenarios slightly more plausible: you can now tell your home how to behave and project your own avatar onto the world. Read on for five LA companies using AI to change the way we work, live and play.


When you can say “our software is on Mars,” you know you’ve reached new heights. Beyond Limits, a Glendale-based developer of industrial-grade artificial general intelligence, is one of the few companies that can say they have a presence on Mars. Their cognitive computing technology can be leveraged by businesses to enable machines to reason like humans. The software can detect anomalies, assess hypotheticals and discover associations between information sources, enabling machines to to act autonomously.


Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just tell your house what to do, what music to play and what temperature to be? With Josh, the home control device from JStarr LLC, users can control their homes by voice, thanks to the system’s far-field microphones. The system even comes with a mobile app so you can make sure your house is warm before pulling into the driveway.


Having doctors use touch screens seems like a no brainer, but a lot of docs still scribble notes on scratch paper. HealthTensor is aiming to change that, and to put an end to most of the administrative work that eats away at a doctor’s day. The company has developed AI systems that manage patient records and keep diagnostic notes, so doctors can spend more time interacting with patients rather than paperwork.


If you were to create a virtual representation of yourself with technology, what would it look like? How would it act? ObEN uses AI to create “virtual copies” of people, including celebrities, which are designed look, sound and act (and even sing) like the real person. The AI technology allows these avatars to interact with people on social media. Also, by taking advantage of virtual and augmented reality technology, the avatars can also be projected into real life.  


Soteria Intelligence is combining social media and AI to make the world a safer place. Soteria has developed algorithms which they use to track and analyze conversations on social media. Organizations from schools to multi-national companies can use this information to detect threats. They have partnered with social media pioneers and law enforcement to make sure they have the knowledge and experience to make a difference.


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