Future(s) Studies

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I am Ben Goertzel, CEO of SingularityNET and TrueAGI. Ask Me Anything about AGI, the Technological Singularity, Robotics, the Future of Humanity, and Building Intelligent Machines!AMA

Greetings humans of Reddit (and assorted bots)! My name is Ben Goertzel, a cross-disciplinary scientist, entrepreneur, author, musician, freelance philosopher, etc. etc. etc.

You can find out about me on my personal website goertzel.org, or via Wikipedia or my videos on YouTube or books on Amazon etc. but I will give a basic rundown here ...

So... I lead the SingularityNET Foundation, TrueAGI Inc., the OpenCog Foundation, and the AGI Society which runs the annual Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) conference. This year, I’m holding the first Beneficial AGI Summit from February 27 to March 1st in Panama.

I also chair the futurist nonprofit Humanity+, serve as Chief Scientist of AI firms Rejuve, Mindplex, Cogito, and Jam Galaxy, all parts of the SingularityNET ecosystem, and serve as keyboardist and vocalist in the Desdemona’s Dream Band, the first-ever band led by a humanoid robot.

When I was Chief Scientist of the robotics firm Hanson Robotics, I led the software team behind the Sophia robot; as Chief AI Scientist of Awakening Health, I’m now leading the team crafting the mind behind the world's foremost nursing assistant robot, Grace.

I introduced the term and concept "AGI" to the world in my 2005 book "Artificial General Intelligence." My research work encompasses multiple areas including Artificial General Intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, virtual worlds, gaming, parapsychology, theoretical physics, and more.

My main push on the creation of AGI these days is the OpenCog Hyperon project ... a cross-paradigm AGI architecture incorporating logic systems, evolutionary learning, neural nets and other methods, designed for decentralized implementation on SingularityNET and associated blockchain based tools like HyperCycle and NuNet...

I have published 25+ scientific books, ~150 technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles, and given talks at a vast number of events of all sorts around the globe. My latest book is “The Consciousness Explosion,” to be launched at the BGI-24 event next month.

Before entering the software industry, I obtained my Ph.D. in mathematics from Temple University in 1989 and served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science, and cognitive science, in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.

Possible Discussion Topics:

  • What is AGI and why does it matter
  • Artificial intelligence vs. Artificial general intelligence
  • Benefits of artificial general intelligence for humanity
  • The current state of AGI research and development
  • How to guide beneficial AGI development
  • The question of how much contribution LLMs such as ChatGPT can ultimately make to human-level general intelligence
  • Ethical considerations and safety measures in AGI development
  • Ensuring equitable access to AI and AGI technologies
  • Integrating AI and social robotics for real-world applications
  • Potential impacts of AGI on the job market and workforce
  • Post-AGI economics
  • Centralized Vs. decentralized AGI development, deployment, and governance
  • The various approaches to creating AGI, including cognitive architectures and LLMs
  • OpenCog Hyperon and other open source AGI frameworks

  • How exactly would UBI work with AI and AGIArtificial general intelligence timelines

  • The expected nature of post-Singularity life and experience

  • The fundamental nature of the universe and what we may come to know about it post-Singularity

  • The nature of consciousness in humans and machines

  • Quantum computing and its potential relevance to AGI

  • "Paranormal" phenomena like ESP, precognition and reincarnation, and what we may come to know about them post-Singularity

  • The role novel hardware devices may play in the advent of AGI over the next few years

  • The importance of human-machine collaboration on creative arts like music and visual arts for the guidance of the global brain toward a positive Singularity

  • The likely impact of the transition to an AGI economy on the developing world

Identity Proof: https://imgur.com/a/72S2296

I’ll be here in r/futurology to answer your questions this Thursday, February 1st. I'm looking forward to reading your questions and engaging with you!

Pinnedby bengoertzelBen Goertzel
Despite being futurology, this subreddit's community has serious negativity and elitism surrounding technology advancesmeta

Where is the nuance in this subreddit? It's overly negative, many people have black and white opinions, and people have a hard time actually theorizing the 'future' part of futurology. Mention one or two positive things about a newly emerging technology, and you often get called a cultist, zealot, or tech bro. Many of these people are suddenly experts, but when statistics or data points or studies verifiably prove the opposite, that person doubles down and assures you that they, the expert, know better. Since the expert is overly negative, they are more likely to be upvoted, because that's what this sub is geared towards. Worse, these experts often seem to know the future and how everything in that technology sector will go down.

Let's go over some examples.

There was a thread about a guy that managed to diagnose, by passing on the details to their doctor, a rare disease that ChatGPT was able to figure out through photo and text prompts. A heavily upvoted comment was laughing at the guy, saying that because he was a tech blogger, it was made up and ChatGPT can't provide such information.

There was another AI related thread about how the hype bubble is bursting. Most of the top comments were talking about how useless AI was, that it was a mirror image of the crypto scam, that it will never provide anything beneficial to humanity.

There was a thread about VR/AR applications. Many of the top comments were saying it had zero practical applications, and didn't even work for entertainment because it was apparently worse in every way.

In a thread about Tesla copilot, I saw several people say they use it for lane switching. They were dogpiled with downvotes, with upvoted people responding that this was irresponsible and how autonomous vehicles will never be safe and reliable regardless of how much development is put into them.

In a CRISPR thread approving of usage, quite a few highly upvoted comments were saying how it was morally evil because of how unnatural it is to edit genes at this level.

It goes on and on.

If r/futurology had its way, humans 1000 years from now would be practicing medicine with pills, driving manually in today's cars, videocalling their parents on a small 2D rectangle, and I guess... avoiding interacting with AI despite every user on reddit already interacting with AI that just happens to be at the backend infrastructure of how all major digital services work these days? Really putting the future in futurology, wow.

Can people just... stop with the elitism, luddism, and actually discuss with nuance positive and negative effects and potential outcomes for emerging and future technologies? The world is not black and white.

What do we absolutely have the technology to do right now but haven't?Discussion

We're living in the future, supercomputers the size of your palm, satellite navigation anywhere in the world, personal messages to the other side of the planet in a few seconds or less. We're living in a world of 10 billion transistor chips, portable video phones, and microwave ovens, but it doesn't feel like the future, does it? It's missing something a little more... Fantastical, isn't it?

What's some futuristic technology that we could easily have but don't for one reason or another(unprofitable, obsolete underlying problem, impractical execution, safety concerns, etc)

To clarify, this is asking for examples of speculated future devices or infrastructure that we have the technological capabilities to create but haven't or refused to, Atomic Cars for instance.

What would happen if birthrates continue to decline?Discussion

So it’s we’ll known that many parts of the developed world are suffering from shrinking birthrates. China, Japan and Korea are especially hit hard and their demographics are (from my understanding) expected to collapse in the next few decades. The west is also suffering from this, but their more open immigration is easing the pain. When birthrates are brought up discussion always leads to the current happenings and their reasons, but never the outcome.

The population would inevitably stabilize, but that would still be significantly under the close to 8 billion that we have now. How would society shift because of it? The west has immigration to fall back on, but what about the previously mentioned China, Japan and Korea? They lack that luxury. I could see China either instituting some sort of draconian law to force women into having kids or force more of their rural population into cities. Also how would South America and Africa fair through all of this?

what do you think healthcare will look like in 20 years?Medicine

with all the new wearable tech and AI coming out, i have no doubt healthcare is going to be seriously disrupted

what do you guys think it will look like in 5, 10, 20 years?

Why has VR not taken off? Will it ever take off?Discussion

VR is one of those technologies of science fiction that just seemed like it was always around the corner but it has yet to have any impact on the world. Is this impact eventually going to happen or will it never have the practical applications to reach mainstream appeal?

When will we see true cyborg (human/machine integration) implants?Biotech

To jump higher, replace human organs, lift a ton of weight, run faster, replace joints, cure paralysis, see different light wavelengths. Plus, say if you have a hand replaced it has greater flexibility and lifelike touch sensations that can be turned on and off.

AI and American Politics AI

No one knows all the ways society will change as AI becomes a bigger part of our everyday lives. But it seems like there are many scenarios that could lead to large numbers of AI-related layoffs, and with them a call for higher taxes on the rich and implementation of UBI.

If that is true, I wonder if the Republican Party as it exists today can survive. Without any political judgement, I have trouble believing a party that encourages individuals to pick themselves up by their bootstraps could get behind a massive increase in government support programs for struggling families. That such a program would also require major taxes on mega corporations makes it seem even less likely that the GOP of today could appeal to AI-displaced voters.

At the very least, I think the party would have to change its economic positions drastically to appeal to the masses.

The Democrats, like them or not, are already a party that advocates for higher taxes and robust social services, so that seems like a natural fit for the possible demands of our AI future.


What do you think the next major personal device will be?Discussion

We already have laptops, phones, smart watches, and tablets. What is the next personal device?

Some options I have seen discussed is VR, an AI voice clip, a mini projector, etc.

Hydrogen based technologiesDiscussion

The question is, what do you all think about hydrogen based technology. I this really the future for our cars, energy consumption at homes, ect ?