Kimera : When Devices Become More Intelligent

Kimera wants to move humanity forward by solving the challenges company face as a species and disrupting an economic model which currently disproportionally benefits the wealthy. Funds raised from an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) will be used to power this vision by integrating two technologies: Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and blockchain smart contracts. Based on the initial 2005 research, Kimera created and successfully demonstrated a fully functional AGI solution back in 2010. Since that time, company's continued evolving the technology and incorporated learnings from two beta tests which had over a thousand individual participants worldwide.  Incorporated in 2012, Kimera Systems, Inc. is the developer of the world’s first artificial general intelligence (AGI) technology enabling connected devices to proactively assist people in their everyday lives while bettering humanity in the process.

As the technology learns, it becomes aware of users’ goals and understands the context of their activities with ever increasing accuracy. Anything the technology learns can be applied anywhere it has value, to any user in any situation, regardless of domain. By increasingly understanding society’s collective goals, the company envisions the technology assisting in solving humanity’s most pressing problems, from eliminating global poverty to finding cures for cancer.

Kimera Teases AI Tech That Changes “What It Means To Live”

Artificial intelligence firm Kimera Systems is hoping to turn the AI world upside down with its Nigel Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), the first of its kind, and will be holding a webinar on May 3 to reveal the technology that drives its supposedly revolutionary creation which will “fundamentally change what it means to live on Planet Earth,” according to the company. Additionally, Kimera will be sharing the solution directly with the Rochester Institute of Technology so that the principles behind it can be integrated into research and lesson plans in related courses. The hope is that Kimera’s breakthrough, the creation of the first working AGI, will eventually lead to an AGI that’s based on a single algorithm and thus able to grow and scale infinitely in all directions through quantum mechanics-inspired Subnet Modeling.

The implications of this revelation are huge; thus far, Kimera is the only company on the planet to create a fully functional prototype of artificial general intelligence. When the company goes public with its findings, larger and more powerful entities, such as academic research departments and big tech firms, will be able to draw on that research and development in order to create their own AGI programs. This means that artificial general intelligence, from a tech consumer and industry watcher standpoint, is going to go from a novelty found only in the Nigel AGI app to a major driving force in AI development practically overnight.

For those not in the know, artificial general intelligence, as a concept, is exactly what it sounds like; an AI program that can learn and grow outside of predefined task sets or parameters. It is, essentially, the closest thing to a humanlike AI that’s possible with today’s technology. While Nigel AGI is the first and thus far only product of this kind to actually be workable and consumer-facing, many have tried, and are still trying, to develop their own spin on the concept. After the big reveal at the early May webinar, more AGI programs are bound to pop up, giving life and variety to a segment previously occupied by only a single player. AGI development will hence possibly skyrocket, as will use cases for it. The endgame, as stated above, is to develop a single perfect AGI algorithm that can create an AGI program so multi-faceted and so teachable that it can reach and exceed human levels of intelligence on a universal scale.

What is artificial general intelligence? And does Kimera Systems' 'Nigel' qualify?

The field of artificial intelligence has spawned a vast range of subset fields and terms: machine learning, neural networks, deep learning and cognitive computing, to name but a few.

However here we will turn our attention to the specific term 'artificial general intelligence', thanks to the Portland-based AI company Kimera Systems' (momentous) claim to have launched the world's first ever example, called Nigel.

What is AGI?

The AGI Society defines artificial general intelligence as "an emerging field aiming at the building of “thinking machines”; that is general-purpose systems with intelligence comparable to that of the human mind (and perhaps ultimately well beyond human general intelligence)".

AGI would, in theory, be able to perform any intellectual feat a human can. It is also referred to as 'strong AI' or 'full AI'.

You can now perhaps see why a claim to have launched the world's first ever AGI might be a tad ambitious, to say the least. It certainly merits a lot of interrogation.

However Kimera Systems insists that is precisely what it has done. It says 'Nigel' is a "breakthrough achievement in artificial intelligence coming decades before most experts predict such AI technology could be ready for commercial deployment".

It would be an enormous advance within AI and indeed technology as a whole.

"The field of “artificial general intelligence” or AGI has made no progress whatever during the entire six decades of its existence", according to Oxford University physicist David Deutsch in a wide-ranging essay on the topic. AI experts predicted AGI would take many more decades even from now to become a reality. So can AGI really already exist now, in 2016?

Is 'Nigel' really AGI?

Kimera Systems insists it is. "Nigel completely qualifies with those definitions [above]", a spokesman told Techworld.

"I do think “performing any intellectual feat a human can” may be overstating where Kimera is now. But Nigel observes, learns and understands without any human intervention (no guiding hand, no special programming to point it toward understanding),” he says.

Its cofounder Mounir Shita started working on the AGI technology in 2005 but unveiled it to the world on 15 August 2016. It has been launched in private with a public beta promised "soon" in the press release.

We shouldn't necessarily write 'Nigel' off just because of the enormity of the breakthrough it would represent. However it is impossible to judge until its algorithm is peer reviewed and properly tested.

"Given how little Kimera has revealed about Nigel, it is impossible to determine if it qualifies as true AGI," says Josh Sutton, global head of data and AI at Publicis Sapient.

"Based on what little they have shared it sounds like they have made some material advances related to unsupervised learning. I am less convinced about its ability to learn things that are typically taught or inferred rather than observed," he adds.

In theory, AGI doesn't need to be trained in order to learn, as opposed to other established cognitive platforms like IBM's Watson, which must ingest training data in order to make sense of tasks (for example it needs a lot of oncology data to effectively diagnose cancer), Matt Jones, head of analytics at data science consultancy Tessella, explains.

"In general terms AIs perform best at large numbers of repeatable tasks using large data sets. Humans tackle novel situations where there's little prior information or random context. Kimera claims that Nigel operates in human space," Jones says.

Sutton remains sceptical.

"There is a big difference between "learning" that mobile phones should be turned off when entering a cinema based on observing common behaviours versus understanding that it would be improper to shout "fire" at a theatre," he says.

"To take it even further, true AGI would imply that Nigel would understand what the movie was about and why people laughed or cried at various points. Personally, I would be shocked and delighted if Nigel was capable of this," Sutton says.

In short, it seems too early to tell whether or not 'Nigel' is true AGI, although it would be a huge breakthrough if so. We'll be following this one closely and will update with any and all developments, reaction and commentary. Watch this space.


AGI is a highly advanced and complex technology. It required years of research and creative thinking to develop. Because Kimera wants this technology to be owned by humanity, we want the technological community to understand it.

Kimera’s AGI is based on the General Theory of Intelligence, which defines intelligence from a quantum physics perspective, rather than a neuroscience approach.

To accomplish general learning, our single algorithm machine learning focuses on learning cause and effect by observing reality through users’ devices. This knowledge is encoded into “subnets” which are used to build cause-and-effect-centric spacetime models. These models are used to understand what needs to change in reality to help people achieve their goals.


At Kimera, we will use Nigel AGI to make existing devices more intelligent to provide real-time solutions for everyday life. Nigel AGI comprehends what you are doing and why you are doing it, and will be able to orchestrate changes in our environment to help you reach your goal, whatever that may be.

Rather than having to go to an app store, your phone will know which apps you need, when you need them, and will proactively suggest them to you to simplify your life. Your phone would know when you need a ride, and connect you directly to a driver.

Making devices intelligent will enable the Internet to proactively establish peer-to-peer connections, and as a result, middleman services will eventually no longer be needed.

When devices become more intelligent, we don’t need middlemen anymore.


The current race for AGI could be described as a “modern day Manhattan Project,” 5 with governments and corporations, such as Google, investing billions of dollars in the race to be the first to achieve AGI. Even Russian President Vladmir Putin has weighed in, stating that AI is key to beating the United States in defense. No matter a person’s personal politics, the power of AGI is undeniably immense. So, how did Kimera achieve AGI when scientists in general believe it is decades, even centuries, away?






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