Goertzel after giving a talk at the 2009 Humanity+ Summit in Irvine, California
|Born||December 8, 1966|
|Occupation||CEO and Founder of SingularityNET|
Ben Goertzel is an artificial intelligence researcher.
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.
Goertzel is the CEO and founder 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 (formerly the Singularity Institute). He is also chief scientist and chairman of AI software company Novamente LLC; chairman of the OpenCog Foundation; and advisor to Singularity University.
Views on AI
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.
- 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. "How the Blockchain Could Break Big Tech's Hold on A.I." The New York Times. 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. "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.
- Google Tech Talk by Ben Goertzel, 30 May 2007
- 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. 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.
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