Ben Goertzel: General Artificial Intelligence and the Global Brain

ECCO/GBI seminar winter 2012-2013 General Artificial Intelligence and the Global Brain December 14, 2012 Dr. Ben Goertzel Chief Scientist, Aidyia Limited Founder, Novamente LLC and Biomind LLC Vice Chairman, Humanity+ Advisor, Singularity University and Singularity Institute Abstract: At first glance, the emergence of a Global Brain and the engineering of advanced Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) systems might seem to be two orthogonal approaches to the origination of intelligence beyond the human level. But closer inspection reveals great synergetic potential. An AGI or community thereof, studying content and activity on the Internet, could serve as the “central conscious theater” of a distributed global brain, allowing a global brain with a more unified and explicitly goal-directed form of cognition. This would also benefit the AGI, allowing it to increase its own intelligence via leveraging its interactions with the content, software and humans on the Net. Existing proto-AGI architectures such as OpenCog ( may have potential for use in this sort of way. Eventually such an AGI could serve as a sort of “global AI nanny”, helping society to monitor its own behavior with global safety in mind (although, the caveats as well as the benefits of this sort of application are clear).

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