Quake’s Spring 2017 accelerator cohort is powering through the program and has shown great progress already! Working with mentors in a broad range of industries, each company has already started fine-tuning their products and improving their customer outreach strategies. This week’s company highlight focuses on Emoshape, which created a microprocessor that programs emotional responses for artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. The architect of Emoshape’s Emotional Processing Unit, French entrepreneur Patrick Levy-Rosenthal, took a quick break from the famous NYC hustle to give our readers insight into his company.
Inspired by Google’s Deep Mind, IBM Watson, and Facebook, Levy-Rosenthal dreams of developing technology that can “understand and communicate with the human emotional spectrum to achieve a positive singularity.” To him, the ability to “power a machine that can not only respond to human emotions but also be emotionally intelligent will completely change the face of technological development as we know it.”
The undertaking was formidable, so we were curious how Levy-Rosenthal and client manager Stefania Hirghiligiu got started with the idea. “Back in 2013,” he told Quake, “I was interested to know how human emotions work and why hundreds of millions of people exchange images and videos on Facebook...So, I started with a lot of academic research based on these two subjects and more specifically about the relation between sounds and emotion at the neural level.” After extensive research and accolades from well-regarded academics, he concluded that, “emotion is all about survival and fast thinking. Since then, Stefania and I proudly started our journey and developed the first Emotion Chip for AI and robots. Now, AI can reply to fundamental questions like, ‘What do [the robots] think or feel about any subject, or what makes an AI or robot happy or sad based on its experience.’”
Rosenthal had this to say of his plan for the coming years: “We hope Emoshape will create a new ‘blue ocean’, with multi-billion dollar revenues and clients in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.” That is, he plans to open new markets for his product across the globe.
Perhaps to be expected considering their focus on emotion, Emoshape’s pursuits are simple: “love and happiness.” The Quake team wishes them plenty of both.