Artificial General Intelligence

Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) describes research that aims to create machines capable of general intelligent action, and capable of learning how to behave appropriately in a variety of novel contexts, including those not anticipated by their programmers.

As yet, most AI researchers have devoted little attention to AGI, with some claiming that intelligence is too complex to be completely replicated in the near term. However, a small number of computer scientists are active in AGI research, and many of this group are contributing to a series of AGI conferences; see http://agi-society.org . The research is extremely diverse and often pioneering in nature.

In the introduction to his edited volume, Artificial General Intelligence, Ben Goertzel says that estimates of the time needed before a truly flexible AGI is built vary from 10 years to over a century, but the consensus in the AGI research community seems to be that the timeline discussed by Ray Kurzweil in The Singularity is Near (i.e. between 2015 and 2045) is plausible. Most mainstream AI researchers doubt that progress will be this rapid.

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