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knuedgeDan Goldin worked as an administrator for NASA for many years before he spent about a decade working on a secret start-up that he just introduced to the public. Backed by US$100 million in private funding, his company KnuEdge is moving towards developing the technology behind voice biometrics and neural computing.

In its emergence from stealth mode, KnuEdge launched two new products that promise to make waves across multiple industries. Both are essentially military-grade voice recognition and authentication technology that can function in the noisy environments where they’re often used in the real world.

“We are not about incremental technology,” Goldin said of his company. “Our mission is fundamental transformation.”

“We were swinging for the fences from the very beginning,” he continued, “with the intent to create technologies that will in essence alter how humans interact with machines, and enable next-generation computing capabilities ranging from signal processing to machine learning.”

knupathKnupath’s neurocomputing technology is largely based on the LambdaFabric processor, which allows for scaling up to 512,000 devices in even the most demanding computing environments possible.

KnuEdge’s technology can be used in a variety of settings, from corporate environments including customer service and secure banking transactions to home automation.

The popularity of vocal assistants like Siri, Cortana and Alexa have hastened and exemplified the vocal recognition technology revolution; the industry has seen explosive development in the past few years. KnuEdge plans to take this development to the next level by developing voice authentication technology that can work not only in perfectly silent environments with articulate speakers, but in harsh, high-volume environments like airports and restaurants.

The company has already started to generate revenue since its outing from stealth mode, and its attracting significant interest from commercial firms in the entertainment, banking and healthcare industries.

securityAccording to the company, the LambdaFabric processor technology developed while KnuEdge was working on its neural voice recognition and authentication technology:

“The team realized it could not achieve the performance it would need with traditional CPUs and GPUs and created a new team to build an application-specific integrated unit,” explained KnuEdge in a statement.

Goldin worked as an administrator for NASA for nine years and was employee for the company since 1962. KnuEdge’s CEO apparently experienced a somewhat controversial tenure during his time at the agency and developed a reputation as a leader with a difficult and overly-harsh temperament.

“The report is mixed,” explained Haym Benaroya, a professor at Rutgers University. “He was criticized for implementing too much change in such a short time,” Benaroya continued, describing Goldin’s time overseeing various major products for NASA, during which he slashed the agency’s budget by 33 percent.

“Dan is known for his leadership and innovation, plus his ability to get things done,” KnuEdge stated of its leader. “His record of success at NASA speaks for itself and he has brought this attention to successful execution to KnuEdge.”

Boston University may have less positive things to say about Goldin, whose appointment to president was rescinded after rumors spread regarding his plans to remove several top school administrators.