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|Born||8 December 1966|
|Occupation(s)||CEO and founder of SingularityNET|
Ben Goertzel is a cognitive scientist, artificial intelligence researcher, CEO and founder of SingularityNET, leader of the OpenCog Foundation, and the AGI Society, and chair of Humanity+. He helped popularize the term 'artificial general intelligence'.
Early life and education
Three of Goertzel's Jewish great-grandparents emigrated to New York from Lithuania and Poland. Goertzel's father is Ted Goertzel, a former professor of sociology at Rutgers University. Goertzel left high school after the tenth grade to attend Bard College at Simon's Rock, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Quantitative Studies. Goertzel graduated with a PhD in mathematics from Temple University under the supervision of Avi Lin in 1990, at age 23.
Goertzel is the founder and CEO of SingularityNET, a project combining artificial intelligence and blockchain to democratize access to artificial intelligence. He was a Director of Research of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. He is also chief scientist and chairman of AI software company Novamente LLC; chairman of the OpenCog Foundation; and advisor to Singularity University.
Goertzel was the Chief Scientist of Hanson Robotics, the company that created Sophia the Robot.
Views on AI
Dr. Goertzel is a leading developer of the OpenCog framework for artificial general intelligence. He has published many technical papers on the OpenCog architecture.
In May 2007, Goertzel spoke at a Google tech talk about his approach to creating artificial general intelligence. He defines intelligence as the ability to detect patterns in the world and in the agent itself, measurable in terms of emergent behavior of "achieving complex goals in complex environments". A "baby-like" artificial intelligence is initialized, then trained as an agent in a simulated or virtual world such as Second Life to produce a more powerful intelligence. Knowledge is represented in a network whose nodes and links carry probabilistic truth values as well as "attention values", with the attention values resembling the weights in a neural network. Several algorithms operate on this network, the central one being a combination of a probabilistic inference engine and a custom version of evolutionary programming.
The 2012 documentary The Singularity by independent filmmaker Doug Wolens showcased Goertzel's vision and understanding of making artificial general intelligence.
- Ben Goertzel (1992). The Structure of Intelligence: A New Mathematical Model of Mind. Springer.
- Ben Goertzel (1992). The Evolving Mind. Gordon and Breach.
- Ben Goertzel (1994). Chaotic Logic: Language, Thought, and Reality from the Perspective of Complex Systems Science. Plenum.
- Ben Goertzel and Ted Goertzel (1996). Linus Pauling: A Life in Science and Politics. Basic.
- Ben Goertzel (2001). Creating Internet Intelligence. Springer.
- Ben Goertzel (2005). Artificial General Intelligence. Springer.
- Ben Goertzel (2006). Probabilistic Logic Networks: A Comprehensive Framework for Uncertain Inference. Plenum.
- Ben Goertzel (2006). The Hidden Pattern: A Patternist Philosophy of Mind. Brown Walker.
- Ben Goertzel (2007). The Path to Posthumanity. Academica.
- Ben Goertzel (2010). A Cosmist Manifesto: Practical Philosophy for the Posthuman Age. Humanity+ Press.
- Ben Goertzel (2011). Real-World Reasoning: Scalable Spatial Temporal and Causal Inference. Atlantis Press.
- Ben Goertzel (2012). Theoretical Foundations of Artificial General Intelligence. Atlantis Press.
- Ben Goertzel (2014). Engineering General Intelligence, Volumes 1 & 2. Atlantis Press.
- Ben Goertzel (2014). Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies. Humanity+ Press.
- Ben Goertzel (2014). Ten Years to the Singularity If We Really Really Try. Humanity+ Press.
- Ben Goertzel (2015). The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity. Humanity+ Press.
- Ben Goertzel (2016). AGI Revolution: An Inside View of the Rise of Artificial General Intelligence. Humanity+ Press.
- Ben Goertzel (2018). The Evidence for Psi: Thirteen Empirical Research Reports. McFarland.
- ^ Walch, Kathleen. "Is Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) On The Horizon? Interview With Dr. Ben Goertzel, CEO & Founder, SingularityNET Foundation". Forbes. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
- ^ "Leadership". 27 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
- ^ "About – goertzel.org". Retrieved 22 April 2022.
- ^ "Leadership".
- ^ "Who coined the term "AGI"? » goertzel.org". Archived from the original on 28 December 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018., via Life 3.0: 'The term "AGI" was popularized by... Shane Legg, Mark Gubrud and Ben Goertzel'
- ^ Ben Goertzel: Artificial General Intelligence | AI Podcast #103 with Lex Fridman, YouTube, 22 June 2020
- ^ Pauling's Prizes, The New York Times, 5 November 1995
- ^ Goertzel, Benjamin (1985). Nonclassical Arithmetics and Calculi. Simon's Rock of Bard College.
- ^ Ben Goertzel at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- ^ Popper, Nathaniel (20 October 2018). "How the Blockchain Could Break Big Tech's Hold on A.I." The New York Times. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
- ^ "The Singularity Institute's Scary Idea (and Why I Don't Buy It)", The Multiverse According to Ben, 29 October 2010
- ^ Vincent, James (10 November 2017). "Sophia the robot's co-creator says the bot may not be true AI, but it is a work of art". The Verge. The Verge. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- ^ "Background Publications - OpenCog". wiki.opencog.org. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
- ^ Goertzel, Ben (30 May 2007). "Artificial General Intelligence: Now Is the Time". GoogleTalks Archive. Retrieved 31 December 2021 – via YouTube.
- ^ Roberts, Jacob (2016). "Thinking Machines: The Search for Artificial Intelligence". Distillations. 2 (2): 14–23. Archived from the original on 19 August 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
- ^ "Online worlds to be AI incubators", BBC News, 13 September 2007
- ^ "Virtual worlds making artificial intelligence apps 'smarter'" Archived 21 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Computerworld, 13 September 2007
- ^ "Patterns, Hypergraphs and Embodied General Intelligence", Ben Goertzel, WCCI Panel Discussion: "A Roadmap to Human-Level Intelligence"[permanent dead link], July 2006
- ^ "The Singularity: A Documentary by Doug Wolens". Ieet.org. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
- ^ "Pondering Our Cyborg Future in a Documentary About the Singularity – Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg". The Atlantic. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
- Ben Goertzel at arXiv.org
- TEDxBerkeley – "Decentralized AI" (video:16min, March 2019)
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