The Future of Remembering, Article IV: Human AI closes $X seed financing to create an AI extension of human memory
The Future of Remembering, Article IV: An Entrepreneur's Perspective to Use Technology to Extend Human Memory Raises $5 Million Seed Financing
This is the fourth and final piece in a four-part series from the Human AI (hu.man.ai) Team, formerly Luther.ai. Previous articles explored Human Memory through four distinct lenses: Scientific, Technological, and Design. The fourth article is through the entrepreneurial lens by Suman Kanuganti, CEO and Co-founder of Human AI. Human AI Labs is San Diego-based startup building technology to safeguard the memories that define you with a personal AI that never forgets. Formally called Luther.ai, the company is operating for an year now as it rolls out its digital memory Stack product and its personal AI for people to remember more. The founders, Suman Kanuganti, Sharon Zhang and Kristie Kaiser are backed by their lead investor David Magerman from Differential VC in its seed financing of 5m. Other investors include Village Global VC, BBG Ventures, Beni VC, Keshif Ventures, Good Friends VC, and individual investors such as Kelvin Beachum and Jeff Foster. Odds are you have read the TechCrunch’s article by Ron Miller announcing our seed financing close. As Ron covered our announcement better than I could, please allow me to give you a glimpse into what drives me and my team to help humans – all humans – retain and recall more thoughts and memories with AI. My hope with this article is to leave you with a strong understanding of what Human AI is solving and a sense of how we are doing it.
Our human capacity is not constant but ever-evolving. We have always sought ways to expand our capacity beyond biological limitations. Many inventions act as human extensions. The result; most modern-day life is surrounded by personal “utilities”, a home, a car, a computer, an email account, a shopping account, a financial asset -- all serving as inputs to how the human evolves. We have made a lot of technological progress on expanding our physical capacity but have far more opportunity to further unlock the mental capacity. Each generation, surrounded by its own technosphere defines the boundary of this capacity, as well as the invention that pushes human evolution forward.
80% of our Memories Forgotten
Human memory is a limiting factor in the 21st century and as a result, cognition - the ability to process, synthesize, and make use of the memories that are created by us - locks us in the present instead of exploring the past and prospecting the future. Our experiences are encoded in people, facts, thoughts, and emotions, all of which influence the actions we take, the decisions we make, and the behavior we exhibit every day. Yet for all the influence on our decisions and behavior, 80% is forgotten within 3 days, even less recalled.
20% of Our Time Spent Searching, Not Understanding
We humans have invented many suboptimal ways of extending that memory; the efforts to save notes, take photos, diaries, digital vaults as we try all the ways to store information to search later. Fundamentally, by the time we reach for a pen or take down notes, much of this memory is lost and any new information conveyed while writing is fragmented. The other side of this extends to how we retrieve this stored information when we most need it. We also invented systems for these - labeling our notebooks, bookmarks, tagging projects, searching on the internet by keywords. 20% of our time is spent on the process of searching rather than focusing on understanding and synthesizing the actual information itself.
Our Minds Recall, They Do Not Search
Let’s not fool ourselves, I love search; a novel concept a decade ago is now ubiquitous in our world. I have the world’s information at my fingertips. I can ask about today’s weather or the winner of the election with minimal effort. What I cannot recall is the birthday of my best friend’s child or the perfect idea I had and then lost during a brainstorming session. These are part of my Intranet; my memories. The Internet is the collection of data; the world's information. The nearly unlimited capacity of the internet and the unbounded compute power have no access to my intranet. I want to recall my memories from my private Intranet and not search for information on the Internet. My memory is authentic and unique to the way I remember them and not the way the world remembers them. We search for information but we recall our memories.
Thought Confidence, Not Fear
I, personally, suffer from imposter syndrome at times. Well, maybe all the time lately. A large extent of that feeling comes from my original thoughts unwritten, uncaptured, or at best scattered around different forms of storage. These lost thoughts go unexpressed, unvoiced, and unable to be recalled in the moment when I need them. It creates an insidious fear of what may have been forgotten.
I want an extension of me, an extension to my human capacity to store the information that is personal and valuable to me. An extension that helps me recall in my own authentic voice and belongs only to me. I want to recall 80%, not forget 80%, so I can be my best self and not feel an imposter.
My AI, Not The Internet’s
We have clear intentions behind Human AI. Every human is unique, every human’s history represents the identity of the individual. We are building an AI digital fingerprint of human memory, serving to fill in the gaps where the human memory is not enough. More than that, we want to eliminate the anxiety of losing our thoughts, and reduce the burden of imposter syndrome. To do this, we need to know we have our own Personal AI that forever "knows" who we are so we can become more. An AI that is built and trained entirely on top of that individual human being's memories so it is authentic to them as an individual. An Intranet that is truly yours. An AI that is an extension of you, not the internet.
Neuroscience, AI and Blockchain Used Expand Your Potential
(Somewhere in here)
Human AI technology is grounded in science. To build your intranet - what we call your Stack - we securely take in the memories made while you think, talks, or type and transform them into “Memory Blocks.” These memory blocks are an architecture primarily driven by a neuroscientific understanding of human memory in technological form. These Memory blocks are stored in a Stack that is private to an individual and well secured both internally and externally. Did I mention users own their Stacks? Let me say it again. You own your private memory stack. We use blockchain to secure data and no one at the company or outside it can access the data except you. This is our way of extending the capacity and capabilities of human memory.
You Can Do More if you Recall More
To build your own AI, much like a close friend who helps you recall pertinent information and relevant memories, our transformers extract facts and synthesized thoughts you had or may have forgotten you’ve had. That AI friend that not only remembers what you know, but can help convey that thought in your authentic voice - when you write, when you speak, your AI is in sync with you. Your AI will surface the relevant memories that belong to you when you need them in real time. We believe what you remember is who you are and what you recall defines who you’ll become. To become more, you must retain and recall more.
In essence, every Human AI is unique just as every human is. With the memories (your Stack) and synthesized representation (your AI), Human AI can derive probabilistically informed actions with more complete thought and make individualized suggestions.
My Human AI extends my capacity to the extent of the size of the digital Stack of my memories and my personal AI goes into the list of my “personal utilities”.
I invite you to claim your unique AIP address (AI Intranet Protocol) at https://hu.man.ai which is the beginning of your digital AI identity that you, people around you, and entire humanity can remember today and 100 years from now.
“Solve the problem, not the human”