August 24, 2020 | Abby Phillips

RALEIGH — By all accounts, Diveplane has arrived.

Two years after former Epic Games CEO Dr. Michael Capps launched the Raleigh-based artificial intelligence (AI) startup, it continues to rack up accolades from industry insiders.

Last week, it was named as a sample vendor in four different “Hype Cycle” reports released by global research firm Gartner.

It also won first place at the UBS 2019 Future of Finance Challenge for its platform, GEMENAI, which can produce accurate synthetic datasets without using any private information.

Plus, it boasts a star-studded lineup of investors, which include US women’s soccer stars Megan Rapinoe and Mia Hamm.


“A number of the investors know Mike well and others were made through subsequent introductions,” explain Alan Cross, Diveplane’s chief commercial officer. “They all appreciate our mission to ensure AI is used ethically and that data privacy is core to what we do.”

WRAL TechWire’s Chantal Allam went directly to Capps himself to find out more what’s behind the hype. Here’s what he had to say:

Thanks very much!  We’re thrilled with the Gartner recognition, and being included in four of their tech roundups has led to some fantastic opportunities. Diveplane may only be a few years old, but our CTO Chris Hazard worked on our understandable AI technology for years before that. Certainly some of the attention comes from rising international interest in data privacy technologies like GEMINAI.

Thanks for reading about our mission — it’s what drives us every day to push harder.  You’ve probably heard of “black box” artificial intelligence, that makes decisions that humans can’t understand or interpret.  That’s not so bad when it’s just driving the Netflix recommendation system — if it’s wrong, or has some accidental gender bias, it’s not a big deal.  But when black-box AI makes parole decisions, or residential loan decisions, or drives facial recognition for policing, we must ensure those decisions are made fairly, and in an unbiased manner.  That’s what we mean by keeping a sense of humanity in AI-driven decisions.

Exactly. There’s tons of great machine learning technology that’s ready for deployment today. As a techie nerd it drives me crazy when folks keep using outdated tech that never really worked when there’s better solutions available.

We’ve got a few prototype projects in play — our engine technology attacks problems differently, and generates novel solutions.  But right now we’re focused on our lead products, GeminAI for generating synthetic twin data sets, and Sonar for anomaly detection.

I retired from Epic when I became a dad, so I could focus on my kids. Once they grew older and I was ready, I wanted to put my energy into making the world a better place. There’s a few big problems we face that I hoped I could impact, and I dug into the “black box” AI problem and here we are!

What do you think about what’s happening with Epic Games and its current lawsuits with Apple and Google?

Hadn’t heard, what’s that about? 🙂

We’re at the fun part, where the rocket engines ignite, the support arm drops away, and we hold on for dear life!

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