History

Knowm Inc. exists to lead the computing industry toward neuromemristive processors. Our roots were planted in 2002, when lead inventor Alex Nugent began patenting his ideas around adaptive computing architectures and founded an intellectual property holding company called KnowmTech LLC with partners. Initial seed funding for the endeavor was made possible by business woman and entrepreneur, Hillary Riggs. Intellectual property services were provided by patent attorneys Kermit Lopez and Luis Ortiz. The IP portfolio spans memristive components and circuits all the way to large scale neuromorphic architectures.

After his proposed seedling pitch with Todd Hylton (then at SAIC) to build an artificial synapses from nanoparticles was morphed into a full-scale DARPA program in 2007, Alex co-created and advised the DARPA SyNAPSE program. From 2011 to late 2018 Alex was awarded multiple government SBIR and STTR contracts to further develop knowm memristor computing technology.

In 2012, Tim Molter, joined the effort to lead software development and further design chip architectures with Alex. Alex and Tim published the formal introduction to AHaH computing in early 2014: AHaH Computing–From Metastable Switches to Attractors to Machine Learning.

In 2015 Knowm partnered with memristor fabrication pioneer Kris Campbell, Ph.D. from Boise State University, inventor of the Self Directed Channel (SDC) Memristor. Investor and consultant Sam Barakat joined the team to help launch Knowm Inc.

In 2018 AHaH Computing was proven feasible with Knowm SDC Memristors on the open-source Memristor Discovery platform.

In 2019, as suspicions of poor oxide memristor shelf life grow, Knowm memristors have passed four years of shelf-life testing and have been shipped to researchers in over forty countries. The discovery of the optically gated transistor leads to a memristor-photonics interface break-though, radically simplifying the design of general-purpose memristor processors.

Mission Statement

Here are some of Knowm Inc’s core values, which emerged from our rigorous methodology and successful collaborations:

  1. We dig deep to understand and then creatively and purposely solve problems, brutally seeking simpler solutions.
  2. We strive to not reinvent any wheels. We leverage existing alternatives so we can focus our energy into advancing technology.
  3. We favor honesty and candor. We recognize that a mistake is the first step in learning, and we are quick to admit and fix mistakes.
  4. We achieve excellence through rigorous quantitative benchmarking and measurement. We show, don’t tell, and we believe in our work.
  5. In the face of obstacles we don’t obfuscate: we clarify.
  6. We respect the customer and work hard to understand their needs and to communicate realistic solutions.
  7. We support team member excellence and happiness and believe that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
  8. We are competitive. We play fair, play hard, and play to win.
  9. We respect Nature, and believe it to be the highest form of technology.
  10. We love what we do.
  • Alex Nugent

    Chief Executive Officer

    Chief Executive Officer and lead inventor of AHaH Computing and Thermodynamic RAM.

    • Hillary Riggs

      Angel Investor and CAO

      Early angel investor and co-founder of KnowmTech intellectual property, CAO of Knowm Inc.

      • Tim Molter

        Chief Technical Officer

        Chief Technology Officer providing leadership and direction in all technical matters.

        • Kris Campbell

          Memristor Pioneer and Expert

          Physical chemist, memristive pioneer and Knowm memristor inventor.

          • Kermit Lopez

            Patent Counsel

            Intellectual property attorney and founding partner in Knowm Inc.

            • Luis Ortiz

              Intellectual Property Attorney

              Intellectual property attorney and founding partner in Knowm Inc.

              • Sam Barakat

                Investor and Consultant

                Strategic advisor and early investor in Knowm Inc.

                12 Comments

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                    Luis Ortiz
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                    Nice website.

                    • Alex Nugent
                      Alex Nugent
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                      Thanks! Its taken a lot of work.

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                    Jose
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                    As a layman with a deep interest in the coming AI era, my strong wish is that I had something of value to contribute to Knowm. Knowm’s seems by far the most holistic of approaches to this new paradigm. However, nothing impresses me more here than #9 in your Mission Statement. Take good care, and godspeed on your noble journey!

                    • Alex Nugent
                      Alex Nugent
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                      Jose-thank you for the comment. Everybody has something valuable to contribute–it usually just takes getting to know each other. Probably the most valuable thing you could do right now is to go into nature and really look at it. Observe how it is built and how it builds itself. You are not looking for complexity–there is a simplicity under it all and everybody can see it with time. Once you see it–help somebody else to see it.

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                    Jose
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                    Indeed! As a result of your eye-opening video lecture, I have been observing the rich leafage in our tropical climate with a relative open mind, and it all makes such good sense… Nature’s amazing diversity, self-repairing resilience, adaptive evolution, and apparent intelligence, may lead many to the conclusion that there must be a super-intelligent deity behind it all. But as you’ve noted so well, it all points to the physical/thermodynamics laws in our universe leading to an Occam’s razor in energy containment and dissipation.
                    Thank you for all your time and effort spent to present these eye-opening ideas in such clear fashion. Looking forward to living long enough to see us outsmart 4 billion years of natural evolution! 🙂

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                    Roland d'Humieres
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                    Amazing job! Amazing Team! Amazing Core Values! Amazing everything!
                    Congratulations!

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                    ed fernandez
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                    truly amazing what you are doing, congrats, wishing you all the best

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                    Antoine
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                    Hi,
                    This idea of sticking to nature is amazing, and the laws you infer are inspiring. Bravo. I am discovering the world of cognitive computing, and I wonder how far hardware has grown up today.
                    What are the two integrated devices that you are looking at in the box on the team photo ?

                    • Tim Molter
                      Tim Molter
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                      @Antoine That’s two memristor chips from our first development batch.

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                    Brian Hewitt
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                    Heh, I was looking for a way to ask if you were going to update xchart’s pdf writer. Then I read this page – fascinating. You have much bigger things to worry about.
                    Good luck and I’ll be following.

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                    Allen Rasafar
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                    Thank you for such a great progress. I am so excited to learn about your approach to innovate the technology with a leap forward thinking.
                    Add me to your list of enthusiasts, for new innovation and let me know if I can be of help to support your team.

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                    Stephen
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                    I am so excited by your work. It brings together my work in computer science and my environmental, okay Gaia, policies. My question is, will this need a new type of System Analysis (Oh no! Not another one!) to develop solutions that work for the systems and for people?

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