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Neurala: Powering the World with immense Brainpower

We’re living in times where we’ve accepted artificial intelligence as part of our lives. AI has taken the world by storm and has shown its worth in all fields, including healthcare, retail, advanced technology, and more. The everyday consumer is now well acquainted with artificial intelligence as it’s readily available on his smartphone and home devices in the form of voice assistants.

But is that all artificial intelligence has got to offer? The answer would be no. In fact, artificial intelligence is just stepping out of the threshold and has already promised us further exponential growth. We have with us Neurala, a company that’s driving the power of artificial intelligence and what’s its capable of. The company’s Neurala Brain is a brain power that powers the world!

“The Neurala Brain is our award-winning artificial intelligence software driven by the brainpower of over 20 years of AI experience,” introduces the co-founder and CEO of Neurala, Dr. Massimiliano “Max” Versace. Founded by three geniuses: Dr. Max Versace, Dr. Heather Ames, and Dr. Anatoli Gorchet, the AI solutions from Neurala can solve business problems in real-time.

Introducing the Brains!

You know how a lot can happen over coffee? That’s exactly how Neurala started off: at a coffee shop. Back in 2006, Max said to Anatoli, “Someday we’ll be able to run these models on a cell phone.” Anatoli promptly spit out his coffee! And a couple of years later, the trio created The Neurala Brian. Together, they hold four PhDs and 19 patents. Working for decades together, their experience has laid the founding stone for groundbreaking AI.

The Neurala Brain is their award-winning brainchild that can run on the edge and on the lightest of devices. The patented AI technology is based on advanced research work co-founders Max, Gorshechnikov, and Ames conducted for NASA, DARPA and the Air Force Research Labs. The Neurala team comprises of industry experts and savvy entrepreneurs. The multitude of experience everyone brings in has cultivated a strong culture. “They cultivate our strong culture and work tirelessly to help our team scale, grow, and succeed,” boasts Max.

The Real Intelligence

Right from drones to consumer electronics like cameras, the Neurala Brain is a driving factor that gears these devices. With the Neurala Brain, devices are enabled to learn, interact, and adapt, all in real time. Max introduces the Neurala Brain as the smartest AI around today. He says, “With the Neurala Brain, building AI into your devices is a no-brainer. For example, security cameras can identify specific threats, drones can “learn” how to identify specific defects on industrial assets and smartphones can optimize the photos you take according to your preferences.”  

To further understand the Neurala Brain, it uses a proprietary set of algorithms called the Lifelong-DNN™. This enables the devices to see the world and learn from it just like a biological brain. “Furthermore, Lifelong-DNN pushes AI beyond on-device inference and allows it to learn on the device itself,” he explains. It can reduce the training time, the amount of data required, and also enables real-time learning on-device.

Intelligence for a better tomorrow

The company stepped out of its stealth mode in 2013 and joined the Techstars program to deploy its AI at a commercial scale. Since then, the work expansion for Neurala has boomed. “Now, we work with some of the most innovative companies in the world to bring intelligence to products and devices as diverse as drones and smartphones,” he says.

The decades of experiences that the entire team puts into AI makes it one of the most recognized pioneers of deep learning, neural networks, and artificial intelligence. The Neurala Brain is the future of AI and Neurala continues to lead the charge, the whole team assures. Speaking of the future, Max says, “We are harnessing the power of the Brain to find solutions to problems that change the world in meaningful ways.”

The Genius of Neurala

Dr. Massimiliano “Max” Versace, Co-Founder and CEO

Max continues to lead the world of intelligent devices after his pioneering breakthroughs in brain-inspired computing. He has spoken at numerous events including a keynote at Mobile World Congress Drone Summit, TedX, NASA, the Pentagon, GTC, InterDrone, GE, Air Force Research Labs, HP, iRobot, Samsung, LG, Qualcomm, Ericsson, BAE Systems, AI World, ABB and Accenture among many others.

His work has been featured in TIME, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, MSNBC, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Fortune, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Nasdaq, Associated Press and hundreds more. He holds several patents and two PhDs: Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University; Experimental Psychology, University of Trieste, Italy. Max’s appetite for advanced technology rivals his anachronistic music taste, saying “I don’t listen to Beethoven, he’s too commercial.”

“Our AI solves your business problems in real time.”

“With the Neurala Brain, building AI into your devices is a no-brainer.”

“We are harnessing the power of the Brain to find solutions to problems that change the world in meaningful ways.”