Louis Rosenberg (born May 24, 1969) is a technologist, prolific inventor, entrepreneur, writer, and currently the chief executive officer and chief scientist of the artificial intelligence company Unanimous AI. His doctoral work at Stanford University resulted in the virtual fixtures system for the US Air Force, the first immersive Augmented Reality system, built in 1992. Rosenberg founded a number of technology companies, including the early Virtual Reality company Immersion Corporation which went public in 1999, the 3D digitizer company Microscribe which was used in the making of many feature films, and the technology company Outland Research. Rosenberg also worked as a tenured professor at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). In 2014, Rosenberg founded Unanimous A.I., an artificial intelligence company that enables networked human groups to combine their knowledge, wisdom and insights into an emergent super-intelligence that is sometimes referred to as an artificial "hive mind." The AI technology Rosenberg developed, commonly referred to as Artificial Swarm Intelligence or "Swarm AI" has been shown to significantly amplify the intelligence of networked human groups, enabling more accurate forecasts, predictions, estimations, and medical diagnoses.
Rosenberg attended Stanford University, where he earned his bachelors, masters, and PhD degrees. His doctoral work focused on robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality, and human-computer interaction. Rosenberg's work at Stanford University in the early 90's offered the first proof that virtual overlays, when registered and presented over a user's direct view of the real physical world, could significantly enhance human performance.
In 1992, Rosenberg worked as a researcher at NASA (Ames Research Center) and at the Air Force Research Laboratory (formally Armstrong Labs) creating the Virtual Fixtures system, the first functional Augmented Reality system built and tested. The resulting studies were the first to show that AR overlays could amplify human performance in real-world physical tasks.In 1993, Rosenberg founded the virtual reality company, Immersion Corporation which went public in 1999 (NASDAQ: IMMR) and remains a public company today. He served as the company's CEO until 2000.
In 1995, Rosenberg founded Microscribe, a company that developed the first desktop 3D digitizer – a system that allows animators to digitize physical objects into 3D computer models. The Microscribe 3D digitizer was used in the production of many major feature films including Shrek, Ice Age, Bugs Life, and Titanic. Microscribe was acquired by CAD software maker Revware in 2009.
In 2004, Rosenberg founded Outland Research, a company specializing in advanced methods of human-computer interaction. In 2011, Google purchased Outland Research technologies, along with its patents.In 2014, Rosenberg founded Unanimous A.I., an artificial intelligence company that amplifies the intelligence of human groups by enabling networks of online users to form a form real-time "hive minds" modeled after natural swarms. Unanimous AI became well known in 2016 when its swarm-based technology was used to make a series of accurate predictions about world events using Swarm AI technology, including predicting the 2016 Academy Awards, the 2016 Kentucky Derby, the 2016 Super Bowl, and the rise of Donald Trump.
In 2016, Rosenberg was named "A.I. Person of the Year" by the Global Annual AI Achievement Awards and his company Unanimous A.I. was awarded "Best Consumer Application of A.I."
In 2018 Rosenberg published research in collaboration with Oxford University demonstrated for the first time that its Swarm AI technology can outperform experts when forecasting financial markets. That same year, Rosenberg and Unanimous used Swarm AI technology to predict the Oscars with 94% accuracy, beating all major experts including the Los Angeles times, Variety, and the Hollywood Reporter.
In 2018, Rosenberg's technology, Swarm AI, was awarded both the "Best in Show" and "Best AI and Machine Learning" awards at the South by Southwest, SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards.
In 2019, Rosenberg was named an "Impact Entrepreneur" by Forbes for his work in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and augmented reality, and appeared on the cover of Forbes Magazine Japan.In 2019, Rosenberg collaborated with researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine on a study published in the Journal Nature, Digital Medicine, which demonstrated for the first time that a "hive mind" of human doctors, when connected by Swarm AI algorithms modeled after Swarm Intelligence in nature, could significantly outperform human experts and traditional deep-learning technologies. That same year, Rosenberg collaborated with researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a study that showed that Swarm AI technology could be used to build a "hive mind" of financial analysts and significantly amplify forecasting accuracy and financial ROI when predicting equity markets.
In 2020, Rosenberg made headlines by generating highly accurate forecasts for the 2020 Presidential Election. As noted by the Wall Street Journal, Rosenberg's company Unanimous AI correctly predicted the winner of all 11 battleground states, outperforming national pollsters. In 2020, Rosenberg and Unanimous AI also made headlines for correctly predicting the winner of the 2020 World Series prior to the start of the Major League Baseball season as published by Engadget before opening day.In 2021, Rosenberg published an op-ed in BIG THINK and gave a variety of interviews calling on the major platform providers to protect the "magical possibilities" of Augmented Reality by aggressively preventing the destructive and divisive aspects of social media from spilling off the screen and infecting the augmented world.As a professor at California State University (Cal Poly), Rosenberg developed educational technologies, including methods for using wearable cameras and time-shifted video to enhance education, perception, and learning.
Over the length of his career, Rosenberg has been awarded over 350 patents.