How One Satellite Acquisition Just Changed the Future of AI
Hypergiant, founded by Ben Lamm, is aiming to disrupt the existing data supply chain to help businesses.
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Hypergiant Galactic Systems. The name alone enough is the stuff of sci-fi fantasy, and this Star Trek-esque startup may be destined to have the same staying power in the collective cultural imagination as the fabled Starship Enterprise. It too is boldly going where no one has gone before, forever changing the future of AI, and if Hypergiant founder and CEO Ben Lamm has anything to say about it, the fate of the human race.
Hypergiant Industries, a company with a focus on AI-driven aerospace and astronautic software and hardware with a stated mission of ushering in a "machine revolution driven by human intelligence," has just made it easier than ever for earthlings to reap the riches of the "final frontier."
With its acquisition of Houston-based satellite development and deployment company, S.E.O.P.s (Satellite & Extraterrestrial Operations & Procedures), and the launch of its newest division, Hypergiant Galactic Systems (HGS), it has successfully rewritten the playbook for how space-collected data can be accessed, analyzed, and intelligently applied.
In the bigger picture of human progress, what does this all mean? In Lamm's assessment, it puts us (that is, humanity) one step closer to realizing what futurist and visionary Buckminster Fuller referred to as "Spaceship Earth." This is the idea that our planet is a spaceship on which we are all riding as we hurtle through space, and that new levels of voluntary, all-inclusive cooperation will become increasingly critical to the survival of our species.
In Fuller's vision, technology (and particularly AI) play a vital role, and this is where Lamm and Hypergiant Galactic Systems come in. The satellites that HGS will deploy are not for exploring space, but rather for collecting precious data from the universe and from our earth to use in the service of human flourishing.
But the problem with data is that it doesn't come pre-stamped with meaning, or instructions about what to do with it. For example, acquiring the data that you're running a fever of 102 degrees doesn't tell you why, or how to treat it. Data on its own doesn't mean anything until it has been analyzed. Only then does it turn into intelligence, and with the acquisition of what is essentially in-house satellite deployment capability and the launch of HGS, Hypergiant Industries has strategically integrated data-mining, data-analysis, and intelligent application under one, very agile roof.
"Space," says Lamm "is just another API," and the business case and bigger goal for the formation of HGS is the unprecedented capacity to disrupt the existing data supply chain by pairing AI-driven platforms with cutting-edge vision processing applications.
With the acquisition of S.E.O.P.s (and its CubeSat and MicroSat markets), HGS can provide its divisions, partners and customers in the private and public sectors alike immediate access to a wealth of satellite-sourced data.
Hypergiant is further pioneering the space (no pun intended) by dramatically lowering the barriers to entry with its hosted orbit program that allows customers to focus exclusively on payload rather than propulsion and guidance. With as many as 12U payload hosted orbits, customers get access to leading-edge spacecraft at low, scalable costs.
Hypergiant is as agile as it is expansive. With its manufacturing partner, Hypergiant can rapidly design and produce sophisticated close-tolerant CubeSats and MicroSats. "In 2017-2018," says Lamm, " S.E.O.P.s was able to design, develop, and deliver a brand new launch system to NASA in only 11 months." Currently, the team has more than 220 deployments under their belts.
In short, Hypergiant Industries has successfully positioned itself as the premier go-to for both commercial and governmental markets looking to leverage high-fidelity data. No matter how sensitive a customer's mission may be, HGS claims to offer an unmatched test platform and optimal orbit. "We also serve as a vehicle to help customers leverage a mature technology to service their market and generate specific value," explains Lamm, who says HGS will create "endless opportunity to improve and advance the technology that drives core services like GPS refinement, IOT, and radar and optical solutions."
Hypergiant's working assumption is that today's businesses are faced with an evolutionary imperative: adapt, or die, a proposition that drives Hypergiant Industries relentless quest for what's next. In Hypergiant Galactic Systems' pipeline is cost-effective technology in spaceborne, AI-interfaced small-form-factors that promise to fuel innovations across multiple industries. "The Hypergiant S.E.O.P.s teams are actively working on R&D for additional form factors, sizes, and payloads," says Lamm.
As Lamm sees it, Hypergiant Industries' role is nothing less than delivering on the promise of a future "techtopia" where AI does not replace human intelligence but rather operates in the service of a grander vision for humanity. "After all," asserts Lamm, "the feat of getting to space is only as good as our ability to improve the human condition by being there."
Starship Enterprise Captain, James T. Kirk, couldn't have said it better himself.