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Decentralized AI: The Power and the Necessity
by Dr. Ben Goertzel


Dr. Ben Goertzel
Chairman and Chief Scientist at
Singularity Studio
CEO & Founder SingularityNET Foundation

DATE 17 June 2019, Monday
VENUE SIS Seminar Rm B1-1,
Basement 1
School of Information Systems
80 Stamford Road, Singapore 178902
5.00pm to 6.30pm
(Presentation and Q&A by Dr. Ben Goertzel)


AI will play a critical role in the next stage of growth of intelligence and life on Earth— a stage that Vernor Vinge, Ray Kurzweil and others have referred to as a “Technological Singularity.” Most AI research today is controlled by a handful of corporations—those with the resources to fund development. Independent developers of AI tools have no readily available way to monetize their creations. Usually, their most lucrative option is to sell their tool to one of the big tech companies, leading to control of the technology becoming even more concentrated. Do we want a handful of corporations and entities to architect the AIs that will affect almost every aspect of our lives?

In this presentation, Dr. Ben Goertzel, CEO of SingularityNET, shares an alternate vision for AI: one that will improve the lives of all sentient beings on Earth. SingularityNET’s open source protocol and collection of smart contracts are designed to address these problems. Developers can launch their AI tools on the network, where they can interoperate with other AIs and with paying users. By providing a decentralized, open platform for people and AIs to work together on the creation of more powerful, more generally intelligent and more ethical AI services, SingularityNET is intended to increase the odds that the coming radical societal and technological transitions have a positive outcome.


About the Speaker

Dr. Ben Goertzel is the CEO & founder at SingularityNET foundation as well as Chairman and Chief Scientist at Singularity Studio. He is also the Chief AI Advisor of Hanson Robotics, where for several years he led the team developing the AI software for the Sophia robot. Dr. Goertzel currently serves as Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society, the OpenCog Foundation, the Decentralized AI Alliance and the futurist nonprofit Humanity+.

He is one of the world’s foremost experts in Artificial General Intelligence, a subfield of AI oriented toward creating thinking machines with general cognitive capability at the human level and beyond. He also has decades of expertise applying AI to practical problems in areas ranging from natural language processing and data mining to robotics, video gaming, national security and bioinformatics. He has published 20 scientific books and 140+ scientific research papers, and is the main architect and designer of the OpenCog system and associated design for human-level general intelligence.

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