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Dr Ben Goertzel on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and the future of humanity

Date: 17th September 2020

About the speaker:

Dr. Ben Goertzel is the CEO of the decentralized AI network SingularityNET, a blockchain-based AI platform company, and the Chief Science Advisor of Hanson Robotics, where for several years he led the team developing the AI software for the Sophia robot. Dr. Goertzel also serves as Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society, the OpenCog Foundation, the Decentralized AI Alliance and the futurist nonprofit Humanity+.


Dr. Goertzel 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.

Ben is the founder of iCog Labs Ethiopia - the first Ethiopian research and development laboratory specializing in artificial intelligence, and he is also a fan of African music, with a particular love of Ethio-Jazz.

About the festival:

AIKora Festival 2020 combines world-class experts sharing the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence, with the brilliance of live West African music, and all for a good cause: supporting the UK’s talented community of West African musicians during Covid-19 lockdown, and introducing new audiences to a rich musical tradition.

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