Friday, April 11, 2008

This is old news now, but the First Annual AGI Conference occurred recently. This is fairly exciting in and of itself, but more exciting is that all the papers are available free online. This provides a very interesting snapshot of what the emerging "AGI Community" is and will be about.

For those who don't know, AGI is a term created to distinguish general AI (aiming at human-level intelligence in a broad range of tasks) from narrow AI (which aims for high performance on some single, specialized task). Typical narrow-AI applications include chess playing programs, stock-market forecasters, face recognition software, and generally anything else AI is used for these days. A typical example of AGI (standing for artificial general intelligence) might be a project aiming to make a "baby machine" (an AI that is good at nothing, but could be trained to do anything).

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