At some point within the next 20 years, artificial intelligence is expected to exceed the intelligence levels of the human mind. This site will provide you with updates in the progression towards reaching this world changing landmark. Read below for more information about AGI.
What is AGI?
AGI is defined as an artificial construct that is able to perform any intellectual task that a human can. Once we create this, we will also be able to make this artificial construct far more intelligent than humans. Subsequently, the AGI will learn how to make itself infinitely more intelligent. The point when AGI can do this is often called, the Technological Singularity.
AGI and Humans will be one in the same
It is very important to understand this: Our technology is an extension of ourselves, it is the outsourcing of our cognition. We are already at the stage where we feel lost should we be separated from our technology (Smart Phones). Our merging with technology will become more prevalent during this decade, first with the advent of Smart Watches and Google Glass this year (2013), then with the implanting of technology, and the attachment of mind controlled robotic limbs for amputees. In another 20 years we will have nano sized robotic devices in our bodies, fighting diseases.
The point here is, AGI will not be a separate entity, it will be an advanced human mind. It will not turn against us, because it will be us.
Anti-AGI terror threat
The fear that some will have of the possibility AGI will turn against humans in the ‘Terminator, Judgement Day scenario , will spark an opposition to technological advancement. Other reasons for opposition will be religions ones, most prominently this will be from Radical Islam. Cultural conservatism will be another major reason for opposition. Hugo de Garis calls the resulting anti-technology terrorists ‘terrans’ . He warns that major conflicts could occur due to this opposition in the coming decades.
AGI is an inevitable evolution
AGI though could never be prevented. The creations of AGI will also enable us to become immortal. Many people will be prepared to fight to acquire this immortality. Enacting laws to prevent it will not be an option, as it will cause more conflict than it would prevent. Also, governments will want to acquire AGI level intelligence before other countries do, for the sake of their international security.
Progress for AGI development
AGI development is spearheaded most notably, by Ray Kurzweil at Google. Watch below for his explanation of his work.
Examples of research
Other companies spearheading AGI research are, the OpenCog Foundation and the Artificial General Intelligence Research Institute. Many other areas of research are contributing to the eventual development of AGI. Many companies exist with the sole purpose of brain mapping and artificial brain building, as well as of course much research being conducted at universities. Other relevant research is called biomedical computing, research centers for this can be found here, www.ncbcs.org.
“AGI will be developed by 2029”
– Ray Kurzweil, who is developing AGI at Google.