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Dr. Louis B. Rosenberg

Louis B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. is an Inventor, Entrepreneur, and Author. He is also CEO, Founder, and Chief Scientist of the artificial Intelligence company Unanimous AI.

Unanimous AI is an artificial intelligence company that amplifies the intelligence of human groups by enabling networks of online users to form real-time artificial “hive minds” modeled after natural swarms. It enables networked human groups to combine their knowledge, wisdom, and insights into an emergent super-intelligence.

Unanimous AI became well known in 2016 when its swarm-based technology was used to make a series of accurate predictions about world events using Swarm AI technology, including predicting the 2016 Academy Awards, the 2016 Kentucky Derby, the 2016 Super Bowl, and the rise of Donald Trump.

Prior to Unanimous AI in 2004, Louis founded Outland Research, a company specializing in advanced methods of human-computer interaction. In 2011, Google purchased Outland Research technologies, along with its patents.

Louis earned his Ph.D. in Engineering in 1994 from Stanford University with the Dissertation Virtual Fixtures: Perceptual Overlays Enhance Operator Performance in Telepresence Tasks that came out of his work as a researcher at NASA (Ames Research Center) and at the Air Force Research Laboratory (formally Armstrong Labs) creating the Virtual Fixtures system, the first functional Augmented Reality system built and tested. The resulting studies were the first to show that AR overlays could amplify human performance in real-world physical tasks.

Louis earned his Master’s Degree of Science in 1992 and his Bachelor’s Degree of Science in 1991, both in Engineering from Stanford University.

In 1993, he founded the virtual reality company, Immersion Corporation which went public in 1999 and remains a public company today. The company developed technologies for immersive virtual reality experiences. He served as the company’s CEO until 2001.

In 1995, Louis founded Microscribe, a company that invented and developed the first desktop 3D digitizer — a system that allows animators to digitize physical objects into 3D computer models. The Microscribe 3D digitizer is used widely in the film industry and for computer gaming animation, including in the creation of Shrek, Ice Age, A Bug’s Life, and Titanic. Watch Reverse Engineering a Header with MicroScribe.

For six years, between 2005 and 2011, Louis worked as Tenured Professor at the College of Engineering and Education at the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. He taught design, entrepreneurship, and educational technology courses and developed educational technologies, including methods for using wearable cameras and time-shifted video to enhance education, perception, and learning.

His invention of the 3D digitizer, which was used mostly by the film industry, caused him to go back to school and in 2008, he graduated from the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA film school. In the same year, he authored the Screenplay Upgrade and became a 2009 Feature Fellowship winner of the Grand Prize of the Cinestory Screenwriting Awards. As well, he won Best Sci-fi Screenplay at the Shriekfest film festival with his short screenplay Carbon Dating. In 2011, he published Upgrade as his first graphic novel.

The novel is a satirical take on artificial intelligence and transhumanism. It is set in the year 2058, when life is lived entirely online, nobody ever leaving the confines of their tiny apartments, supplies brought to them by automated delivery drones. In a notable coincidence, the story predicted a pandemic and global quarantine in 2020. The story takes place decades later in a dystopian society still under quarantine, populated by a generation of people who have never experienced the outside world.

Louis continued with film work and in 2009, his short film Lab Rats won several awards including Best Short Film (2011) and Best Short Screenplay (2009) at the Moondance Film Festival. As well it has been turned into a web-series by Frostbite Pictures and won Outstanding Series at LA Webfest. In 2010, he as well wrote and produced the Shooting Earth short comedy.

In 2013, Louis released his second graphic novel, Eons. This book recounts the story of eight test subjects who are frozen and shot into orbit for a 60-day test of a military survival system. In the same year, he released the children’s book Seeking Marlo, and in 2014, the dystopian offbeat graphic novel Monkey Room, that explores the dark side of artificial intelligence.

Monkey Room is a cautionary tale about the creation of a sentient AI that comes to life as a global “hive mind”, linking millions of users through their phones, tablets, and computers. A screenplay version of Monkey Room was selected by the Academy of Motion Pictures from over 7000 scripts as one of 50 contenders for a Nichol’s Fellowship.

The novel was the premise for his idea of an actual groundbreaking invention called Swarm AI at Unanimous AI, the company he founded in the same year, 2014.

His latest book Arrival Mind was released in October 2020. It combines surreal imagery and clever prose to explore what could be one of the greatest threats humanity will ever face.

In 2016, Louis was named A.I. Person of the Year by the Global Annual AI Achievement Awards and his company Unanimous AI was awarded Best Consumer Application of A.I.

In 2018, Louis, in collaboration with Oxford University, published Artificial Swarm Intelligence Amplifies Accuracy when Predicting Financial Markets which demonstrated for the first time that Swarm AI technology can outperform experts when forecasting financial markets. That same year, he and Unanimous used Swarm AI technology to predict the Oscars with 94% accuracy, beating all major experts including the Los Angeles Times, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter.

In 2018, their technology, Swarm AI, was awarded both the “Best in Show” and “Best AI and Machine Learning” awards at the South by Southwest, SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards.

In 2019, Louis was named an Impact Entrepreneur by Forbes for his work in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and augmented reality, and appeared on the cover of Forbes Magazine Japan.

In 2019, Louis collaborated with researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine on a study published in the Journal Nature – Digital Medicine, which demonstrated for the first time that a “hive mind” of human doctors, when connected by Swarm AI algorithms modeled after Swarm Intelligence in nature, could significantly outperform human experts and traditional deep-learning technologies.

That same year, he collaborated with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a study that showed that Swarm AI technology could be used to build a “hive mind” of financial analysts and significantly amplify forecasting accuracy and financial ROI when predicting equity markets. Read How AI can help us harness our ‘collective intelligence’.

Over the length of his career, Louis has been awarded over 350 patents worldwide for his technological efforts in virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction. He is also dyslexic and has attributed some of his success as a technologist to this trait. Read Dyslexia to Design, Professor Pioneers New Learning Synergy.

He currently lives in sunny California with his wife and kids, as a longtime vegan and friend of all animals.

Watch New hope for humans in an A.I. world.

Read Can Humans Use Artificial Swarm Intelligence to Make Smarter, Faster Decisions?, Why bees could be the secret to superhuman intelligence, Google Picks Up Hardware and Media Patents from Outland Research.

Read AI predicts a Dodgers World Series win after a COVID-shortened season. Read the list of his patents at USPTO.

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