Q&A With Constellation AI Founder Tom Strange

Constellation AI
Oct 26, 2018 · 3 min read

Part 7 of 7 — First principles thinking creates a blank canvas for our future. Introducing, imi.

In my last blog, I discussed the importance of first principles thinking to make fast and impactful positive change. To truly innovate, you need to actively question everything you think you know and then break down those assumptions. Once you get past analogy and expectation, you make way for real progress.

A self-drive mobility company piqued my interest recently, by doing just this. Zoox is a new autonomous vehicle ‘ride-hail’ service, and it’s a brilliant example of first principles thinking.

Self-drive vehicles are categorised into 5 levels of autonomy and so far, no manufacturer has progressed past level 3. Typically, due to legacy issues, they’ve been standardised with a driving wheel and motor etc., which has limited the advancement of their design. Zoox are doing it differently: they’re going in at level 5. Using first principles thinking, they have thought outside the norm and ‘fundamentally reformed the structure around the potential of AI and mobility’. Although other ‘ride-hail’ companies, such as Uber and Lyft, are also joining the race to autonomous mobility, Zoox have used original thinking to create a blank canvas for the future. The startup has only just come out of stealth and has already secured over $800 million. It’s impressive.

We created Constellation using the same thinking, and now the investor community are bracketing us in the same category. How? You start with the fundamentals. You need a big future vision and a solid market opportunity. You partner with the right kind of visionary investor, one who is willing to support a long-term view. You balance secrecy with human-centricity in design and you make sure you consistently get feedback loops from your target audience to ensure you innovate in way the consumer wants. Once you have this foundation, you break down all your previous assumptions; you let them go, and you pioneer.

Constellation AI are on a journey to create the world’s most powerful Augmented Intelligence. Our first step is imi: your digital mind. We intend to apply it to help with the important parts of life, from relationships to finance, health and career. imi is currently in beta which means we are still training and optimising the technology that makes it learn; eventually it will seamlessly extend our human capability. By making your own data valuable to you, it will help you find patterns and identify insights, helping you live with self-awareness, focus and a sense of power to unlock your full potential. Every journey of begins with one step, join us as we take a giant leap. Sign up for the wait list here.

Constellation AI’s app imi is currently in beta testing stage. Sign up here for the wait list.

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