After a brief survey of the state of the art in AGI, cognitive robotics and distributed Internet intelligence, we will extrapolate current technology directions forward, and look at some of the more plausible and interesting future possibilities. Special attention will be paid to the scenario in which global brain technology helps provide both background knowledge, collective hybrid human/digital computing power and human-friendly goal content for non-human-like, self-improving AGI systems.
Dr. Ben Goertzel is CEO of AI software company Novamente LLC and bioinformatics company Biomind LLC; leader of the open-source OpenCog AI software project; Vice Chairman of Humanity+; Advisor to the Singularity University and Singularity Institute; and External Research Professor at Xiamen University, China. His research work encompasses artificial general intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, virtual worlds and gaming and other areas. He has published a dozen scientific books, nearly 90 technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles. Before entering the software industry he served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science and cognitive science, in the US, Australia and New Zealand. He has three children and too many pets, and in his spare time enjoys creating avant-garde fiction and music, and the outdoors.