Imbue: AI Research Company Raises $200 Million

By Amit Chowdhry • Sep 16, 2023

Imbue – an AI research lab formerly known as Generally Intelligent – recently announced that it has raised $200 million in a Series B funding round, which values the company at more than $1 billion. Investors in this round include the Astera Institute; Nvidia; Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt; and Notion co-founder Simon Last.

With this round of funding, the company has raised about $220 million.

“This latest funding will accelerate our development of AI systems that can reason and code, so they can help us accomplish larger goals in the world,” said the company in a statement. “Our goal remains the same: to build practical AI agents that can accomplish larger goals and safely work for us in the real world.”

The company is focused on researching the fundamentals of human intelligence that AI has not been able to process yet. And the company is also developing models that they find useful internally like models that are able to code Copilot and Amazon CodeWhisperer.

“We believe reasoning is the primary blocker to effective AI agents,” added the company in a blog post. “Robust reasoning is necessary for effective action. It involves the ability to deal with uncertainty, to know when to change our approach, to ask questions and gather new information, to play out scenarios and make decisions, to make and discard hypotheses and generally to deal with the complicated, hard-to-predict nature of the real world.”

Imbue is also building its own AI and machine learning tooling such as AI prototypes for debugging and visual interfaces on top of models. And the company is also researching the learning process in large language models.