Breakout Labs Funds Two Companies Creating Radically Distinct Interfaces Between Biology and Technology  
4/17/2013 11:20:41 AM

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Thiel Foundation announced today the first Breakout Labs awards of 2013 to two early-stage companies working to bridge the gap dividing human beings and technology in unique ways: SkyPhrase, Inc. and Stealth Biosciences. SkyPhrase is helping computers to understand human language with greater precision than ever before. Anyone who has tried to ferret out complex ideas through simple search queries knows that computers are ill-equipped to cope with the flexibility and efficiency of human language. Two competing approaches have dominated research in natural language processing: those that rely on statistical, context-independent approaches and those that rely on logical reasoning. Leaping over this artificial divide, the SkyPhrase team conceived of a unique technology that integrates the strengths of logical and biologically-inspired statistical approaches. With the help of Breakout Labs funding, they are creating a platform for searching, accessing, analyzing and monitoring data that relies on natural language.