Is Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) On The Horizon? Interview With Dr. Ben Goertzel, CEO & Founder, SingularityNET Foundation

The ultimate vision of artificial intelligence are systems that can handle the wide range of cognitive tasks that humans can. The idea of a single, general intelligence is referred to as Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), which encopmasses the idea of a single, generally intelligent system that can act and think much like humans. However, we have not yet achieved this concept of the generally intelligent system and as such, current AI applications are only capable of narrow applications of AI such as recognition systems, hyperpersonaliztion tools and recommendation systems, and even autonomous vehicles. This raises the question: Is AGI really around the corner, or are we chasing an elusive goal that we may never realize?

Dr. Ben Goertzel CEO & Founder of the SingularityNET Foundation is particularly visible and vocal on his thoughts on Artificial Intelligence, AGI, and where research and industry are in regards to AGI. Speaking at the (Virtual) OpenCogCon event this week, Dr. Goertzel is one of the world’s foremost experts in Artificial General Intelligence. He has decades of expertise applying AI to practical problems in areas ranging from natural language processing and data mining to robotics, video gaming, national security, and bioinformatics.

Are we at a turning point in AGI?

Dr. Goertzel believes that we are now at a turning point in the history of AI. Over the next few years he believes the balance of activity in the AI research area is about to shift from highly specialized narrow AIs toward AGIs. Deep neural nets have achieved amazing things but that paradigm is going to run out of steam fairly soon, and rather than this causing another “AI winter” or a shift in focus to some other kind of narrow AI, he thinks it’s going to trigger the AGI revolution.

He states that “any other problem humanity faces – including extremely hard ones like…

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