Consciousness of Assets

How can a financial asset be conscious?

Consciousness Through Context

Consciousness is defined as "The state of being aware of one's surrounding". We're conscious beings because at each point of time we know our surroundings very well. This very moment that you're reading this article, you're aware that you are looking at a screen which has a specific function. You know the location you are at very well and so on.

This awareness comes with knowledge. You know where you are and what the function of things around you are. You also know how these things around you are related to one another (like you know that you need electricity to power your screen and that comes from the plug ...). This knowledge is called context and is what makes consciousness a reality.

Assets & Consiousness

With the advent of AI and machine learning, we're beginning to build the first versions of self-aware (conscious) machines. Indeed, Atlas 4 is the first company in the world to make this a reality. Since our company focuses on financial assets, lets explain how consciousness is gained for them in a step-by-step manner.

Context of an asset

Since context is an enabler of consciousness it is imperative to provide it in a machine-readable form to financial assets. But first let's see what the context of a financial asset is? The world surrounding a financial asset is the context. Let's say the asset here is a company. It's context then is the suppliers, the customers, competitors, it's workforce and leaders and much more. Anything that influences the direction of this company is a part of the context. These entities within the context of the asset have the context of their own which is also considered as the extended context of the asset.
The way this context is represented in a machine-readable form is through knowledge graphs. However, just because we have a proper representation for the context doesn't mean that we have conscious assets. At this stage our assets are just context-aware.


Talking Assets

One thing that a context-aware asset can do is to talk. Yes, you didn't misread it, they can truly talk; not in the way we talk using a human language and audio waves. The way context-aware assets talk is that they can write the sequence of their relationships with other entities in a specific order on a computer file. In Atlas 4 we call it the Graph Language or Graph-Speak since these are coming from a knowledge graph representing the assets. Well, now that our assets can talk, they can speak to and interact with whomever speaking the same language with them, just like we do.

Enter AI

In Atlas 4 we have an AI algorithm who can talk to these context-aware assets in their own language. This is an interaction enabled by a combination of mathematics and computer science. Through this interaction, the AI enables the asset to use the knowledge hidden within its context to understand the function of each of the entities related to it. Not only that, the asset will be able to do complex tasks like inference and reasoning. It is at this point that the asset gains consciousness and can provide highly complex, context-rich information about itself.
We have discovered so much about assets using this approach. You can read about some of them in our idea statement. Or, even better, contact us to get a first-hand demo. Because after all, dealing with conscious assets leads to conscious investments.

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Founder & CEO

March 10, 2021