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Liquid AI: A New Generation of AI Models from First Principles

NOTE: Liquid AI is a Duke Capital Partners portfolio company. This press release first appeared on the Liquid AI blog.

We are thrilled to unveil Liquid AI – an MIT spinoff – to forge the future of AI with enterprise-grade foundation models that are capable, private, and reliable.

By Liquid Team, Published on December 6, 2023

Today marks a pivotal moment for us at Liquid AI as we emerge from stealth mode, ready to announce our mission to build best-in-class, domain-specific, and general-purpose AI systems powered by Liquid foundation models. Founded by a quartet of MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) AI and machine learning scientists – Ramin Hasani, Mathias Lechner, Alexander Amini, and Daniela Rus – we are thrilled to unveil our vision and the strides we have made thus far. 

At Liquid, we are developing a new generation of AI foundation models built from first principles – going beyond generative pre-trained Transformers (GPTs). Liquid AI models build on a framework that leads to causality, interpretability, and efficiency. Our models enable powerful applications with a profound commitment to environmental responsibility, significantly reducing the carbon footprint of foundational models.

We are thrilled to announce that we have raised $37.6M in seed capital, led by OSS Capital and PagsGroup (the family office of Stephen Pagliuca). Other investors include Breyer Capital, Tom Preston Werner (Github Co-founder), Naval Ravikant (AngelList & AirChat Co-founder), Safar Partners, ISAI Cap Venture (Capgemini’s VC Fund managed by ISAI), Tobias Lütke (Shopify Co-founder), David Siegel (Two Sigma), Chris Prucha (Notion Co-founder), Samsung Next, David Blundin (Link Ventures), Bold Capital Partners (Peter Diamandis), Marc Casper (President & CEO of Thermo Fisher), Duke Capital Partners, Argean Capital Management, Latham & Watkins, Bob Young (Red Hat Co-founder) and Automattic.

“We invested in Liquid AI, because we felt this was the Dream Team of artificial intelligence. Their technology will greatly reduce the cost of AI for companies versus the current Transformer-based models and remains adaptable beyond training. It also allows for explainability as opposed to the black box of existing models. It’s a triple threat technology that can be used as a foundational model for functional applications and vertical markets as well.”

– Stephen Pagliuca (Chairman and CEO PagsGroup)

“Liquid’s approach to advancing the state-of-the-art in AI is grounded in the integration of fundamental truths across biology, physics, neuroscience, math, and computer science. We believe that trans-disciplinary approaches will unlock the greatest levels of acceleration towards the most efficient breakthroughs.”

– Joseph Jacks (Founder and General Partner at OSS Capital)

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We invite you to follow our progress, share in our discoveries, and engage with us as we navigate the uncharted territories of artificial intelligence. Together, let’s shape a future where AI is not just a tool, but a trusted ally in our quest for a better tomorrow.

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