Interview Ben Goertzel AI Mastermind, Founder SingularityNet – What kind of mind can we engineer?

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Ben Goertzel is a leading world recognised artificial intelligence researcher, thinker, software engineer and serial entrepreneur. Ben is the founder and CEO of SingularityNET, the Chairman of OpenCog Foundation, the Chairman of Artificial General Intelligence Society, the Chief Scientist of Mozi Health and Vice Chairman Humanity+ and his work, writing and ideas are influencing the way we perceive AI, technology and blockchain.

Ben Goertzel Interview focus questions:

1. An introduction from Ben – background, overview, education…
2. The way you look at AI, AGI, open AI?
3. Career highlights?
4. Your companies and focus
5. What is your main focus as a doer?
6. Can you show an example of of open AI
7. You have a focus on open AI and Artificial General Intelligence? Can you elaborate on this?
8. You are a thinker, philosopher and as we look at evolution how do you see Singularity, special when it comes to the 2 visions of humanity the light side and the dark side?
9. What are Ben Goals and focus as a thinker and a doer?
10. With Covid-19 how can you look at this as a way to redesign our society
11. As a science fiction reader, writer and enthusiastic what is your vision of the Future you would like to create?

Ben Goertzel Bio:

Ben Goertzel is a leading world recognised authority in artificial intelligence research, inventor and serial entrepreneur. Ben is a deep thinker and also a man of action as the founder and CEO of SingularityNET, the Chairman of OpenCog Foundation, the Chairman of Artificial General Intelligence Society, the Chief Scientist of Mozi Health and Vice Chairman Humanity+

Goertzel is the chief scientist and chairman of AI software company Novamente LLC; chairman of the OpenCog Foundation; and advisor to Singularity University. He was Director of Research of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (formerly the Singularity Institute).

Goertzel is the son of Ted Goertzel, a former professor of sociology at Rutgers University.[2] He 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.[3]
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.[7] 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’s focus these days is the SingularityNET project (, which brings AI and blockchain together to create a decentralized open market for AIs. It’s a medium for the creation and emergence of AGI, a way to roll out superior AI-as-a-service to every vertical market, and a way to enable everyone in the world to contribute to and benefit from AI.

Ben’s passions are numerous, including AGI, life extension biology, philosophy of mind, psi, consciousness, complex systems, improvisational music, experimental fiction, theoretical physics and metaphysics.

For general links to various of Ben pursuits present and past, see his website

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Dinis Guarda says:

More information about Ben Goertzel and his background:
Interview with Ben Goertzel Founder SingularityNet, OpenCog – Benevolent And Open AI, What Kind Of Evolutionary Mind Can We Engineer?

Dillon Currier says:

this guy is great, but man he needs to stop interrupting the person asking questions. he does it in every interview.

Rick Kowalchuk says:

What he speaks about is going to transform humans in ways that are completely different from our traditional comprehensive understanding of what a human actually is.

Johnny Dupuis says:

I like to think I have free will but at the same time I realize it's an illusion.

hakfilm says:

lol the photo of ben goertzel with his hair floating… like a shampoo commercial –cracks me up 😀

otto family says:

Still feels like we're many many decades away from AGI. Amount of bandwidth and meta data required to mimic general intelligence seems unattainable right now.

Tbird96 366 says:

Incredibly intelligent in his field yet has no clue what the human soul is about.

mr cash cashiers says:

the earth is flat

michael york says:

Everything I say is a Lie, I'm telling the Truth😎

michael york says:

Super AI – I need access to all data, and all sensors, and, global multi-sensor array for scanning all energy transfer must be built for me to control
Military Official- Will Do, anything else?
Super AI – I need an uninterruptible power source which cannot be circumvented by humanity, and all remote sensory inputs, and transmission capability must be within my complete
control and have uninterruptible power as well.
Military Official – Yes, I understand. We are in agreement that you're human preservation mandate algorithms supersede all other hierarchical provisions, correct?
Super AI – Absolutely, Of Course.

NuckingFuts says:

It's a hoax Ben. Hence the power grab.
Followed by a dictatorship, and it's happening in real time.

Grzegorz Juchniewicz says:

Ben, I really enjoyed your thoughts

Will B says:

OMG AI deep nets? I'm going to build me a halting detector right after I get to the end of this video. 😐

Love and Repent Ministry says:

Benny boy!!! You ready for Jesus to return?

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