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A bot is born: ‘Nigel’ joins the AI crowd

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Kimera Systems says its AI assistant, called “Nigel,” takes advantage of artificial general intelligence or AGI. But that’s a controversial claim. (Credit: Kimera Systems)

There’s a new bot in town: Nigel, a conversational agent that its creators at Oregon-based Kimera Systems say can learn from the behavior of its users.

Nigel was “born” on Friday, when Kimera co-founder and CEO Mounir Shita fired up the program for a private beta test at a birthday party in downtown Portland. The agent is named after one of the software’s principal architects, Nigel Deighton, who passed away in 2013.

Kimera says a public beta version of the program will soon be made available.

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By Alan Boyle

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