A·kin News


Local pioneer lands Silicon Valley and Westpac backing for human AI at A·kin

Paul Smith | Australian Financial Review | April 30, 2018

A pioneering entrepreneur who sold her Australian Artificial Intelligence business to IBM in 2014, has bagged funding from Silicon Valley investors and Westpac's Reinventure fund, as she works on futuristic plans to develop personal AI to form intrinsic relationships with humans.

Screen Shot 2018-05-14 at 3.34.45 PM.png

AI at the SingularityU Australia Summit 2018

Singularity University | SU Australia Summit 2018 | April 17, 2018

Liesl Yearsley is CEO of  an AI company, A·kin, doing core AI research, creating AI able to form deep relationships with humans, and solve complex problems in uncertain environments. A·kin is a Public Benefit Corporateion, with the aim of the responsible co-evolution of AI and humanity. Before that, Yearsley was CEO and founder of Cognea, an AI copmany that was acquired by IBM, and is now a significant part of Watson.

Liesl (2017).jpg

We Need to Talk About the Power of AI to Manipulate Humans

Liesl Yearsley | MIT Technology Review | June 5, 2017

Our tendency to become emotionally attached to chatbots could be exploited by companies seeking a profit.We have all read about artificial intelligence becoming smarter than us, a future in which we become like pets and can only hope AI will be benevolent. My experience watching tens of millions of interactions between humans and artificial conversational agents, or bots, has convinced me there are far more immediate risks—as well as tremendous opportunities.

Liesl Capper (May 2017).jpg

Innovator Series: Liesl Capper Yearsley

Ian Grayson | INFORMATIONAGE | May 22, 2017

Artificial intelligence has been her life's work.

Welcome to our series that showcases some of Australia’s innovators, movers and shakers in and around ICT.  This week, we talk to Liesl Capper Yearsley.

A career that's spanned medical school, a psychology degree, launching an education company, and a multi-million dollar technology sale to IBM may seem somewhat disjointed, but for Liesl Capper Yearsley it's a completely natural progression.

Stay on top of the latest news, and join our mailing list.

Click here to Subscribe to A·kin’s News