One of the first (and personally one of my favourite) questions we get is, “LGN - what does that stand for?”.

LGN stands for Lateral Geniculate Nucleus. It’s an important part of your brain that connects your retina to the visual cortex. A key part of our evolution, the LGN, keeps us safe from threats and prevents us being overloaded. When a bird flies right in front of you, you often react before you’ve processed it - you have shortcutted a large cognitive step in order to prevent you getting hurt. The LGN is also what directs your attention to new / interesting parts of the scene. Giving more energy to the parts where details are paramount and less energy to things like a clear blue sky.

When we discovered this it felt like the perfect name for our company. We are building an artifical LGN for AI. Sensors at the edge are the systems eyes, and bandwidth back to the cloud often seen as energy needed. We are identifying the high value, potentially threatening or confusing data and giving it the attention and energy it requires.

By intelligently selecting the high value data we’re able to drastically reduce the amount of bandwidth required to return the data to the cloud as well as drastically reduce the amount of money and energy needed to process it.

The LGN, of course, also fuses two eyes, so it’s natural that we fuse multiple sensors. And just like you don’t fall over should one of your eyes be damaged or closed, we keep systems up and running regardless of blockages or slight damage to individual sensors.

I wouldn’t go as far as to label us a Biomimicry company, but there is certainly a reason we’ve evolved this way and it’s a growing problem area in the world of distributed AI.

I’m always happy to tell this story so please don’t feel like you can’t ask more questions!

See you soon! Dan