An Israeli company founded in 2007 with leading AI technology for autonomous platforms. The company’s autonomous AI is based upon proprietary brain research and utilizes unsupervised-learning technology backed by more than 200 patents. The Cortica AI understands the visual world on a human level – thereby significantly exceeding the capabilities of the industry. This autonomous AI is embedded in next-generation, ultra-scale platforms where understanding images is a critical task. Cortica provides the intelligence that enables autonomous vehicles, smart cities, autonomous drones, and more. With headquarters in Tel Aviv and offices in NYC, Cortica has 100 employees including leading AI researchers and veterans of elite Israeli military intelligence units.


Igal is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cortica, the leader of AI technology for autonomous platforms. Before founding Cortica, Igal was the CTO of speech recognition company LCB, and prior to that held several technical positions at Intel. Igal started his career in an elite intelligence unit in the IDF, and following this was the CEO and co-founder of Figment, the first advanced messaging platform based on SMS. Igal started his Ph.D. research at the Technion in the field of cortical neural networks, but his PhD was never completed; instead, Cortica was founded. Igal has received multiple technical and innovation awards and holds over 50 patents.

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What does it mean when our computers see our images? When you tag your face on Facebook, it learns what you look like when a new picture appears in the future. Technology can scan and target, but can it see and interpret faces in the same way humans do?

Cortica works on deep learning artificial intelligence to teach software how to think in the same way humans do. As the world shifts to visual – with billions of images recorded every year – companies have started to work out how to use all the data they collect.

If you think it sounds creepy, perhaps you haven’t heard about how Igal Raichelgauz’s plans on changing the world. “Right now, our technologies have the eyes, but not the brains to decipher what is sees,” the CEO and Co-Founder explains. There are three areas that Cortica penetrates and how it can benefit society as a whole – image recognition, security, and autonomous vehicles.

“I’ve always been excited by entrepreneurship – but it’s important to think of the long term, since the ecosystem is not yet established.” In terms of self-driving cars, no company has achieved level 5 autonomy – where the vehicle can truly think and react based on information it has never seen before. Despite what Tesla Uber, or Waymo suggest, it is Israel’s Cortica that is leading in the race to implement these vehicles, all while making our cities safer.

Since it started in 2007, Cortica has grown to a company of more than 100 employees operating from Tel Aviv, Haifa, New York, and China. They are always looking for more people who can help bring their innovative technology into the mainstream world. With investors in China, it may seem that we will see Cortica roaming our smart cities in the years to come.

With many companies promising level 5 autonomy by 2019, Raichelgauz says that only their Autonomous AI is capable of fulfilling the empty promises made by better-known tech giants. Infamous claims made by Elon Musk are often leaving investors with a sense of dissatisfaction. Raichelgauz – a thoughtful and careful leader – is steering his team to success.

Let’s just hope the artificial intelligence he creates doesn’t take his job from him.


Eyal Gantz