- The Washington Times - Friday, March 21, 2014

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, actor Ashton Kutcher and billionaire magnate Elon Musk of SpaceX have all contributed to a $40 million investment pool for a secretive artificial-intelligence company.

The company, Vicarious FPC, seeks to replicate the part of the brain that sees, controls the body, understands language and does math, the Wall Street Journal reported.

If all goes according to plan, Vicarious will eventually churn out a computer that “that thinks like a person,” company co-founder Scott Phoenix told the Journal. “Except it doesn’t have to eat or sleep.”

A Facebook spokesman would only tell the Journal that the investment is a personal one. Mr. Musk and Mr. Kutcher declined to comment.

Mr. Phoenix told the Journal that he hopes his company’s technology will one day cure diseases and create affordable forms of renewable energy, as well as perform jobs that currently employ humans.

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