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Dr Ben Goertzel - Why Artificial Intelligence Critically Lacks Morals And Ethics


Cognitive Scientist, A.I. Researcher and CEO & Founder of SingularityNET

Ben Goertzel is a renowned artificial intelligence (AI) researcher, entrepreneur and author, who stands at the forefront of the quest for artificial general intelligence (AGI). With a career spanning decades, Goertzel has made substantial contributions to the field of AI, robotics, and cognitive science, earning him recognition as a visionary thinker in the realm of cutting-edge technologies.

In this episode of London Real, watch as Brian Rose and Dr. Ben Goertzel discuss AI, the next steps and why developing neural symbolic models now holds the key to humanity’s future.

Born on December 8, 1966, Dr. Ben Goertzel’s fascination with artificial intelligence began at a young age. He pursued his passion by studying mathematics and computer science at Columbia University, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1985. His academic journey continued at Temple University, where he completed his PhD in mathematics in 1989, delving into the realms of cognitive science and the mathematical foundations of artificial intelligence.

Dr. Goertzel’s career in AI research has been marked by a commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in machine learning, cognitive computing, and the development of AGI. In the 1990s, he co-founded the company Webmind, which aimed to create a global brain by integrating AI technologies. Although the project faced challenges and ultimately folded, it laid the groundwork for Goertzel’s subsequent ventures.

One of Dr. Ben Goertzel’s notable contributions to the field of AI is the development of OpenCog, an open-source software framework designed for the collaborative development of AGI. OpenCog incorporates a mix of symbolic and sub-symbolic reasoning, leveraging a diverse range of AI techniques to simulate human-like cognitive processes. This ambitious project reflects Goertzel’s dedication to creating AGI that is not only intelligent but also capable of understanding and learning in a human-like manner.

In recent years, Dr. Goertzel has been at the forefront of integrating AI with blockchain technology. As the founder and CEO of SingularityNET, a decentralised AI marketplace, Goertzel aims to create a platform where AIs can communicate, cooperate, and transact with one another. The use of blockchain provides a transparent and decentralised infrastructure, aligning with Goertzel’s vision for democratising access to advanced AI technologies.

Beyond his technical contributions, Dr. Ben Goertzel is known for his philosophical reflections on the nature of consciousness, intelligence, and the future of humanity in the age of AI. He has explored topics ranging from the ethical implications of AGI to the potential for a collaborative and benevolent coexistence between humans and intelligent machines.

Dr. Goertzel’s collaborative spirit has led to partnerships with researchers, developers, and organisations worldwide. His commitment to creating a global community of AI enthusiasts and experts reflects a belief in the collective intelligence necessary to tackle the challenges and opportunities presented by advanced AI technologies.

Dr. Ben Goertzel’s journey in artificial intelligence exemplifies the spirit of exploration and innovation that defines the field. From his early academic pursuits to his ventures in AI development, Goertzel has consistently sought to unravel the mysteries of intelligence and consciousness. As the quest for AGI continues to unfold, guided by the visionary efforts of researchers like Dr. Ben Goertzel, the future promises a landscape where the boundaries between human and artificial intelligence blur, ushering in a new era of unprecedented possibilities and challenges.


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