Our name was inspired by the The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, where the number 42 is “The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”, calculated by an enormous supercomputer named Deep Thought over a period of 7.5 million years.
The AI market is believed to be the next ‘Next Big Thing’. In October 2015, International Business Machines Corp. has formed a new business unit to capitalize on the recent groundswell in artificial intelligence and has bet $1 billion on the technology. The company counts Watson as part of its $17 billion analytics business. The largest tech companies, such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google are investing money in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to predict what each of their customers want—even before they know.
At the 42 Center of Excellence we believe that we are right now at the tipping point where AI turns from a tech research topic into a common necessity. On one hand CPU power of standard PCs has reached a level where even complex calculations can be solved, on the other hand the digital society delivers tons of information about life, economy, attitude, fear etc. via social channels and other media. 42.cx set its goal to collect this data, analyze it and utilize it for various industries to predict future events with the highest possible accuracy. In 2016 we will heavily invest in research to define the specs, algorithms and build the 42 machine. 42.cx operates out of Austria and works closely together with universities and scientific facilities around the globe.
42.cx leads innovation and makes AI accessible for everyone.
Solving Intelligence through Innovation.
We are in the midst of the 6th wave of innovation with Artificial Intelligence and Robotics being the main driving forces of innovation. The three pillars of the evolution are (1) Human brain functional simulation speed has been reached. Rapid increase in CPU power over the next years expected. (2) Break-through scientific results like Deep Reinforcement Learning or Spiking Neural Networks make commercial use of Artificial Intelligence possible. (3) With more than 1.8TB of new data generated every 60 seconds, people allow us to analyze their sentiment and thoughts in real-time. All this together opens up vast new opportunities to research and create innovative, cutting-edge state of the art innovations. The following describes our mission and areas of excellence:
Research & Innovation
42cx mission is to research, develop and create commercially
successful solutions based on state of the art AI technology.
The „AI – Think Thank“
42cx is a world wide recognized „AI – Think Tank“,
attracting top researches, developers and engineers as well as industry leaders
to participate in making 42cx one of the world leading AI facilities.
Collaboration with Science Institutes
42cx is working together with high profile institutes,
as well as memberships at The Association for the Advancement
of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) or the Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE).
Areas of research
Our areas of research include health care, financial industry,
marketing and robotics and all other effected industries.
Solving Intelligence through research.
We’re working on some of the world’s most complex and interesting research challenges, with the ultimate goal of solving intelligence. To do this, we’ve developed a new way to organise research that combines the long-term thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration of academia along with the relentless energy and focus of the very best technology start-ups. This approach is yielding rapid progress against a set of exceptionally tough scientific problems, with our team achieving numerous awards, and publishing over 300 peer-reviewed papers.
Using Intelligence to Make the World a Better Place.
42.cx builds real-world applications of AI technology, working towards the second part of our purpose: to use intelligence to help make the world a better place. We collaborate with experts to build tools that support and augment their work in fields from healthcare to finance. Drawing on the best available technologies, together with our own original research, we’re making meaningful breakthroughs in addressing some of society’s biggest and most complex challenges.