Today, the Wall Street Journal revealed a scandal in the field of artificial intelligence. Indian AI company Engineer.ai was exposed for using artificial camouflage to make artificial intelligence and customize software. It also won a round A investment of US$ 29.5 million (about 200 million RMB) from SoftBank’s Deep Core Fund for Artificial Intelligence.
Key words: Indian companies fake artificial intelligence
There is a joke in the field of artificial intelligence-“as many people as there is intelligence”, which is confirmed by an artificial intelligence company in India today.
According to a report in the wall street journal, Engineer.ai, an Indian start-up company, claimed to be able to use artificial intelligence to assist application development. anyone can turn their ideas into customized technical products.
The company’s homepage says that ordering software is as simple as ordering pizza.
However, it was revealed today that they did not actually use artificial intelligence, but artificial engineers did these tasks behind their backs.
AI company with zero AI technology
Engineer.ai was founded in 2012 and started in New Delhi, India. It is now headquartered in Los Angeles and London and has offices in Delhi and Tokyo.
In June 2018, the company launched a product called Builder, claiming that the platform can create, operate and update and maintain digital products. Through their three-piece set of products: Builder, BuilderCare and CloudOps, anyone can build customized digital products, such as App or website, with AI assistance and keep up with necessary updates.
The software is developed automatically in three-piece sets, which saves most of the manual work.
They claim that with this product, the development cost is less than one-third of that of traditional software, but the development speed is twice that of traditional software.
In September 2018, the company announced on Facebook that it had set up an AI tool called Natasha, allowing anyone to create a custom App as simple as ordering Italian pizza.
“Eighty percent of the work is done by AI, and then we have over 26,000 engineers around the world who will add some missing widgets. “Founder Sachin Duggal once said.
With the products of automatic software development, they have won the favor of well-known investment companies.
In July 2018, the company received an investment of US$ 29.5 million from Softbank’s artificial intelligence fund Deep Core, which was one of the largest sums in Europe’s A-round financing records at that time. Moreover, katsumasaniki, CEO of DeepCore, also helped Engineer.ai to attract investment from Singapore’s Jungle Ventures.
After obtaining the investment, Engineer.ai announced on its website that it broke the record.
At that time, Margaret James, the British digital minister, told the Financial Times: “I think it is surprising that they split the application into components. You will be attracted by its size and simplicity. 」
Sachin Duggal said in completing the financing that DeepCore has supported them for some time and invested in their largest angel fund, which is why they set up an office in Tokyo.
According to the company’s official website, their income has exceeded 60 million US dollars since its establishment and is still growing at a 100% rate. Revenue is expected to exceed 100 million US dollars by 2020.
According to the founder, BBC and Virgin United are all their customers.
Cheating money is a craft, and more cheating requires academic qualifications.
However, just when everything seemed so smooth and promising, the company was sued by its chief business officer Robert Holdheim.
Holdheim said the company exaggerated its artificial intelligence capabilities and used the publicity around artificial intelligence to attract customers and investments until it really got its automation platform. He also said that the company told investors that 80% of the funds would be used for development, but in fact they had hardly started development.
Founder Sachin Duggal (right) and co-founder Saurabh Dhoot (left)
In fact, the two founders’ resumes are excellent enough. Sachin Duggal holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Imperial College London and a master’s degree in entrepreneurship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an information systems engineer specializing in Mandarin, finance, distributed systems, software engineering, computational mathematics and game theory in operations research.
Saurabh Dhoot graduated from Imperial College of Technology with a bachelor’s degree and joined Videocon D2H (India DTH Service Provider) as an executive director from its inception.
They met in college and became good friends, then founded Nivio in 2004, claiming it was the world’s first cloud computing company. After that, he became a partner of Microsoft and helped the company build ideas into software. And it was from this that they founded Engineer.ai
“Nivio is the world’s first cloud computing company,” they wrote on their website.
However, the two are now facing charges of “fake artificial intelligence” and do not know how they will deal with it.
Indian Engineers: A Hundred Flowers Bloom
In fact, India’s strength in IT is obvious to all.
Silicon Valley has almost been occupied by Indians, and many engineers have become accustomed to the situation where Indian executives and even CEOs abound.
In 2017, the CEO of 10 of the Fortune 500 companies in the United States came from India. For example, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Google CEO Pichai Sundararajan are all Indian, and five of Google’s 13 executives are all Indian.
The AI guru Raj Reddy, who was introduced in our previous article “Lee Kai-fu, Teacher of Shen Xiangyang: A Turing Award Winner from Rural India”, is also an Indian. He is the first Asian Turing Award Winner and has also trained many outstanding Chinese disciples.
In the top-level conference INFOCOM in the field of computer communication network in April this year, the largest award, IEEE INFOCOM Achievement Award (Infocom Lifetime Achievement Award), was won by Indian tycoon Victor Bahl (see the article “When the top-level conference Infocom was held in Paris, the highest honor went to Microsoft veteran”).
The younger generation of Indians are no less impressive. In July 2018, ditya Paliwal, a 22-year-old college student from Mumbai, India, received an offer from Google’s artificial intelligence research department, with an annual salary of 12 million rupees, or 1.155 million yuan, when only 50 people in the world received the offer.
Therefore, why does Engineer.ai not rely on strength to speak?
Fake AI Company: The variety of deception is staggering
In fact, artificial intelligence companies have sprung up everywhere under the artificial intelligence wind outlet, and there is more than one “fake artificial intelligence” company among them.
Voice message, manual code word to text messageAs early as 2008, Spinvox, a company that converts voice mail into text messages, was accused of using its employees in overseas call centers to do their work purely manually, not by machines.
Living Customer Service Camouflage Chat RobotIn 2016, Bloomberg reported that people spent 12 hours a day pretending to be chat robots and doing calendar services (such as X.ai and Clara). The job is mind-numbing, and employees say they expect to be replaced by robots.
Manually transcribe receipt information, arguing for intelligent scanningIn 2017, Expensify, an enterprise expense management application, admitted that it had been manually transcribing some receipts and claimed that it had been processed by “intelligent scanning technology”
In May this year, Duplex, Google’s voice assistant who can make phone calls, was also revealed. Three of the four calls were disguised as real people.
It seems that under the test of time, fake artificial intelligence companies will eventually show their true colors.