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Artificial General Intelligence or AGI is the holy grail of AI research. Instead of expert systems, and image recognition, it refers to common-sense know-how ? general intelligence most humans have when in unfamiliar situations. In other words, the ability of an AI to think and reason as a sentient being, even when confronted by unfamiliar data.

This volume, produced by a round-panel of AI experts from a number of sub-fields, and edited by Dr. Ben Goertzel, a respected AGI researcher with four books on AI, cognitive science and systems theory already under his wing, is the first real attempt to cover AGI, a very young field of AI, and its implications for robots, AI, humans, and life on the planet.

Bringing the diverse body of AGI research together in a single volume reveals the common themes among various researchers work, and makes clear what the big open questions are in this vital and critical area of research, as well as highlighting relationships between AI and related fields such as philosophy, neuroscience, linguistics, psychology, biology, sociology, anthropology and engineering.

In the near future, is machine intelligence going to equal or overtake human intelligence in terms of speed and capability? If so, what can we do to make sure these new intelligences are on our side?


Eliezer Yudkowsky is the world?s foremost researcher on Friendly AI and recursive self-improvement. He is a research fellow with the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

James Hughes is the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and he is the producer and host of the weekly syndicated public affairs talk show Changesurfer Radio

Ben Goertzel is a Fellow of the IEET, the chief science officer and acting CEO of Novamente and Director of Research for the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.


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