The SXSW Innovation Awards celebrate “the most forward-thinking developments in the connected world.” These prestigious honors are given out in 13 categories each year from Medical and Media, to Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence, as well as an overall “Best in Show” award given to the most impactful innovation.
This year, the “Best in Show” award went to Unanimous AI, which also won top honors in the AI and Machine Learning category. The company has pioneered a new form of AI known as Artificial Swarm Intelligence or “Swarm AI®.” Modeled after swarms in nature, the technology connects groups of people into real-time closed-loop systems, amplifying human intelligence. Sometimes referred to as an artificial “Hive Mind,” the technology developed by Unanimous has the potential to create super-intelligent systems that inherently maintains human values, emotions, and interests.
Unanimous AI is well known for taking on high-profile challenges from journalists to demonstrate the power of its Swarm AI technology. From accurately predicting Kentucky Derby Superfecta, to perfectly forecasting Trump’s 100-day approval rating before he even took office, Unanimous regularly makes headlines for its predictive intelligence. Just last week Unanimous forecast the winners of the 90th Academy Awards with 94% accuracy, out-performing all major movie experts. Unanimous achieved this stunning accuracy by connecting 40 average movie fans into a real-time swarm intelligence, moderated by AI algorithms, harnessing their combined knowledge, wisdom, insights, and intuition into a unified optimized output.
Swarm Intelligence, the science behind this technology, goes back to the birds and the bees. In fact, it goes to all creatures that amplify their group intelligence by forming flocks, schools, colonies, and swarms. Across countless species, nature show us that by forming closed-loop systems, groups can produce insights that greatly exceed the abilities of any individual member. While humans have not evolved this ability naturally, Swarm AI technology enables it artificially, allowing groups to amplify their intelligence by forming real-time swarms.
“At Unanimous AI, we’re working very hard to build super-intelligent systems that are not just remarkably smart, they incorporate human values, emotions, and sensibilities as an inherent part of the system,” said Dr. Louis Rosenberg, CEO and Chief Scientist. “We believe that’s the safest path forward for the world of AI, and we honored that the judges at SXSW recognize the importance.”
In addition to being the top winner of the Innovation Awards, Unanimous AI held a live session at SXSW where it built a real-time Swarm AI system comprised of SXSW conference attendees. The swarm generated optimized insights, answering questions suggested by luminaries across many fields including Katie Couric, Matt Damon and Gary White, and the MIT Media Lab.
Unanimous works with corporate clients and leading organizations through its Swarm Insight® business intelligence service. Swarm Insight helps clients amplify the intelligence of consumer groups as well as amplify the intelligence of business teams to help make better decisions. Learn more here: unanimous.ai/swarm-insight
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Unanimous will be fielding swarms throughout 2018 to track the sentiment of the American public and to identify the trends and behaviors that are shaping our future. If you would like to stay informed of our research, sign up below.
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