What Is Couger?
Couger Inc. is an ambitious company that has a distinct vision for the future, which is why it is building a platform called “Connectome,” which will be an autonomous technology that combines Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced robotics, and blockchain technology.
Couger believes these four technologies will be the basis of life in the future. Thus, they assert that a product like Connectome that integrates those four technologies will revolutionize the way the world works. They compare it to various technologies coming together to create the car.
Who Is Behind Couger Connectome?
Couger was founded in December 2006 and has its headquarters in Japan. Atsushi Ishii is the founder and CEO of Couger. Prior to founding Couger, he worked for IBM, Rakuten, which is a Japanese e-commerce company, and Infoseek, a now defunct search engine.
After Ishii founded Couger, the company created several online video games, provided technical assistance to a team working on the Amazon Robotics Challenge, spearheaded the development of Cloud Robotics for a project backed by the Japanese government, and introduced an AI simulator to Honda.
According to its LinkedIn page, Couger has 16 employees, although that number may not be exact. Among the employees listed are people with expertise in both Artificial Intelligence and blockchain technology. The Couger website also lists Hikaru Takahashi as the company’s CTO. He also worked at Infoseek and Rakuten and is said to be an expert in the development of backend systems capable of handling billions of website hits per day.
How Couger Blockchain, IoT, AI & Robotics Platform Works
The exact technology Couger is developing as it relates to the Connectome platform is unclear. The company’s website explains it in a vague and unusual way. For starters, there is no way to scroll down the homepage.
Instead, users have to click on the word scroll in order to move down to the next part of the page. From there, it likens the technologies of AI, IoT, robotics, and blockchain to functions of the human body in a way that is vague and will take some heavy thinking to grasp.
In short, Couger wants to integrate AI, IoT, robotics, and blockchain into a single platform called Connectome in a way that makes cars, drones, and every smart device imaginable autonomous and capable of performing functions that a person might do. On the surface, it sounds like something out of a science-fiction movie that takes place in the distant future, even when you consider the technological advancements we have today.
Ishii does his best to sum up the idea of Connectome in an article published in April 2018 on the website Medium:
“The more IoT and AI are used and data increases, the problems of whether that data is true or not and how to secure its credibility arise. The technology to take care of these problems is the Blockchain and it can also be used to record the AI’s growth or the usage history of devices.”
To put it another way, devices in the Internet of Things will use audio and video sensors to monitor and understand situations in real time. The blockchain will be used to deliver and store information to ensure the credibility of that data. Artificial intelligence devices can receive information, analyze it, and make a decision based on that information. Finally, robotics can execute whatever is made by AI.
Ishii provides an example in the Medium article:
“If there are people who always buy five bottles of milk, the refrigerator will sense its contents and if there are less than five bottles, it will automatically order more. In that case, it chooses the most reliable company based on previous transactions. It will also find the one that fits your budget if it is pre-set. The payment will be handled automatically via cryptocurrency and the package will arrive 10–30 minutes later by drone.”
Couger Connectome Verdict
Ultimately, Ishii and Couger envision a world in which smart homes, drones, self-driving cars, and every single IoT device are all connected to one another and can be easily instructed to perform tasks using either a smartphone or voice-recognition technology. There are already examples of such a world but on a much smaller scale. However, connecting every possible device using the four technologies mentioned is beyond ambitious.
That’s not to say something like Connectome can’t become a reality. However, we’re a long way from self-driving cars being the norm and drones being used for every single product delivery. While the technology may exist, the type of world Couger is pushing to create is still closer to science-fiction than reality. It may take many more decades before we live in such a world.