Artificial Intelligence technology is currently experiencing a significant surge in progress, with organizations worldwide making sophisticated breakthroughs that have the potential to bring enormous benefits to humanity. However, for many, the risks associated with these almost godlike machines and their impact on our world are of great concern.
We are facing a threat to humanity, where the rise of superintelligent machines could potentially take over the planet and bring an end to civilization. This may sound extreme, but just ask the ‘Godfather of AI,’ Geoffrey Hinton, for his thoughts. Hinton recently made headlines by quitting his job at Google due to his concerns about the rapid rate of improvement in AI development and its implications for the future.
It is certain that the world we live in will undergo drastic changes in the coming years. Fortunately, I have been able to call upon one of the smartest individuals I know, someone who is at the forefront of this shift and deeply cares about the ethical, political, and social ramifications of AI development. Dr. Ben Goertzel is a cross-disciplinary scientist, futurist, author, and entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to creating benevolent superhuman artificial general intelligence (AGI).
Ben is credited with popularizing the term AGI in mainstream thinking and explores the potential of various fields, including natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, virtual worlds, and gaming. His mission is to incorporate AI into areas like medicine, blockchain, robotics, media, finance, arts, music, and more.
With numerous scientific books, technical papers, and journal articles under his belt, Ben is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in this rapidly expanding field. In 2017, he founded SingularityNet, the world’s leading decentralized AI marketplace. SingularityNet aims to create an AGI that is decentralized, democratic, inclusive, and beneficial, accessible to all and not restricted by the narrow goals of a single entity or country. The platform is an open and decentralized network of AI services accessible through the blockchain, where developers can publish their services for anyone with an internet connection to use.
SingularityNet’s latest project, Zarqa, is an intelligent, neural-symbolic language model on a massive scale that aims to rival Open AI’s ChatGPT and go even further. Such advanced neural-symbolic AI techniques have the potential to revolutionize and disrupt every industry, taking a significant step towards Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).
While acknowledging the risks involved in building machines capable of surpassing human intelligence, Ben emphasizes that a more likely concern is the misuse of AI by selfish individuals to exert control and greed over others. It’s a fascinating conundrum that Ben has spent considerable time contemplating.
Ben firmly believes that our focus should be on building AI systems that contribute to a more compassionate, just, and sustainable world. This conversation with Ben marks the beginning of a series where we will delve deep into the major talking points in AI development and provide a clearer understanding of what the future holds. Ben’s brilliant mind and vast knowledge will shed light on these important issues and help you gain a better understanding.
“Humans and AGIs should move onward together into the next era. They should do this while helping each other with their knowledge, practical capability, and values. The most sensible route forward involves developing open AGIs that are of service to humanity and creating appropriate governance and training methodologies as we progress.”
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