Emergence was founded in Atlanta in 2017 by Nicholas Davis, a Georgia Tech grad with a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing, specializing in cognitive science and computational creativity. He studied how humans and creative AI agents might collaborate and co-create shared creative products as partners. The party was founded to leverage the power of creative artificial intelligence, interactive machine learning, and modern cognitive theories to produce powerfully predictive systems that can support reasoning about complex systems, such as designing and evaluating economic and social policies on a global scale.