Vicarious is an artificial intelligence company that uses the computational principles of the brain to develop general intelligence for robots.

Vicarious is using the theorized computational principles of the brain to build software that can think and learn like a human.

Vicarious was founded in 2010 by D. Scott Phoenix and Dr. Dileep George. The company is headquartered in Union City, California.

Vicarious has indicated that its AI was not specifically designed to complete CAPTCHAs and its success at the task is a product of its advanced vision system. Because Vicarious's algorithms are based on insights from the human brain, it is also able to recognize photographs, videos, and other visual data. In October 2017, according to the reports, Vicarious modified machine learning technique capable of solving CAPTCHA challenges using a novel network layout called Recursive Cortical Network.

Vicarious is developing artificial general intelligence for robots. By combining insights from generative probabilistic models and systems neuroscience, their architecture trains faster, adapts more readily, and generalizes more broadly than AI approaches commonly used today.


Vicarious' investors include Khosla Ventures, Amazon Founder & CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook Founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Founders Fund, & Good Ventures among others. The company raised $50M from a "Series C" financing on Jul 25, 2017. This new round brings Vicarious' total funding to $138M to date. 


Goldman Sachs named Vicarious as one of the top 5 most innovative companies in 2015.



  • Year founded: 2010
  • Funding Info: $138M over 7 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: Series C)
  • Yearly Revenue: $10M-$20M (2019)
  • Employee Size: 51-200
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Union City
  • State: California
  • Country: United States
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