Ben Goertzel: 10 Years To The Singularity

by Socrates on November 10, 2010

Recently I interviewed Ben Goertzel for Singularity 1 on 1. During that interview Ben argued that the technological singularity is not necessarily inevitable and that The Future Is Ours To Create. Interestingly, in the video below Ben argues that it may not be absolutely ridiculous to consider that the singularity may actually happen as yearly as 10 years from now.
  • CMStewart

    Fascinating! I wouldn’t be surprise if Goertzel’s ambition and attitude lead his team to crack the AI codes. I also wonder when this video was recorded, and if this represents his most recent mindset.

    I especially like the story about Dantzig solving the statistics equations because he thought they were solvable, and that everybody else had already solved them.

    The brain / mind as an exponential pattern recognition machine makes sense. Perhaps instead of finding an equation which unifies all applicable intelligence-simulation equations, maybe the equation is instead a pattern implicit within the equations themselves, and the equations, separately, are “cogs” in a giant fractal pattern of intelligence / consciousnes.

    “Goal drift” is concerning, and now maybe I need to watch another video to shift my thinking toward expecting a “beneficial to humans” AI instead of a “detrimental to humans” AI.

    As often the case, I would like to hear and see more discussion of the specific criteria for AI, or consciousness. Our criteria for AI can’t be nebulous, IMO. That way we’ll absolutely know we have AI when it emerges.

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    [...] Ben Goertzel and his work come to mind, at this point.  Dr. Goertzel earned a PhD in mathematics at Temple University and has taught mathematics, computer science and psychology at several universities around the world.  He is a proponent of Transhumanism and has arranged for his body to be frozen, at death.  His work involves creating a general artificial intelligence.  To date, AI has been narrowly used in specific applications.  He wants to create a machine that will act as a “baby” in an environment that it will learn from and grow and develop intellectually.  He believes with the proper focus we could be as close as ten years away from that.  [...]

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