Future of Artificial Intelligence

I am here in Washington D.C. for the World Future conference. Yesterday I attended the “Education Summit” and keynote opening adresses, but have not yet had time to compile those notes (and, like many conferences, this one has no Internet availability in any of the conference rooms – I won’t comment on the irony there). Today I got wise and began taking my notes in more of a narrative to make them easier to post here. This means I am starting my blog posts with today’s sessions and will, eventually, backtrack to yesterday. The first session of the morning was on the future of Artificial Intelligence. These are my notes – I hope they are reasonably accurate. You know the scientist in Independence day who is utterly fascinated with the aliens – the one with the long brown hair and beard? Ben Goertzel is a spitting image of that guy. Goertzel is a mathematician, an ex-academic, who works in the software industry. His startup companys, Novamente and Biomind both address artificial intelligence in different ways. I. Artificial General Intelligence versus Narrow AIGoertzel tells us that general artificial intelligence is the ability to achieve complex goals in complex environments using limited computational resources. Narrow AI is the field where the vast majority of academic research takes place – the example that you’d be most familiar with is an AI computer...

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