Generative AI Startup Adept Raises $350M for Text-to-Software Commands Assistant
Generative AI startup Adept has raised $350 million as part of a Series B funding round led by General Catalyst with Spark Capital. Adept’s ACT-1 model processes natural language prompts like ChatGPT or Midjourney, but instead of synthetic text and images, Adept’s generative AI initiates software commands to carry out tasks like in the video above.
Generative Software Control
Adept’s ACT-1 employs the same broad strokes system as other generative AI models, except it translates its response in terms of a series of actions in a web browser or software platform. The idea is to skip the searching, clicking, and other workflow steps in favor of a plain language request to an AI assistant. That can mean filling out search forms as in the Redfin video, or calculating equations in a spreadsheet cell, or logging and organizing meeting notes in a shared company database. Adept even claims the right sentence can eliminate more than 10 mouse clicks in Salesforce.
“We believe that AI systems should be built with users at the center — our vision is one where machines work together with people in the driver’s seat: discovering new solutions, enabling more informed decisions, and giving us more time for the work we love. Think about Adept as an AI teammate or a collaborative co-pilot that can supercharge your capabilities on any software tool or API in the world,” Adept wrote in a blog post about the funding. “We’re building a future in which you can tell your computer to do something in your own words and then just watch it happen on your screen. Less time wasted on frustrating, manual, multi-step processes. More time spent solving the problems that matter most to you, your community, and society.”
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