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!