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May 23, 2009

The Pursuit of Thinking Machines

In March of 2009, the Second Conference on Artificial General Intelligence, AGI-09, was held in Arlington, Virginia. The conference's main topic is the Holy Grail of the AI field -- the creation of thinking machines with human-level (or higher) intelligence. The 100 attendees included independent researchers, members of academia as well as representatives from major tech companies like Google, GE, AT&T, and Autodesk.

Conference Chair Ben Goertzel sees most AI research today as having a focus which is too narrow and specialized. The dream on which he says AI was founded, of "software displaying intelligence with the same sort of generality that human intelligence seems to have," is not being addressed by research. The AGI conference is part of concerted effort to form a cohesive community ready to focus on radical innovation and an acceptance of diverse approaches.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at May 23, 2009 1:53 AM
category: Artificial Invention | Philosophy of Computing

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