Further Steps Toward an AGI Roadmap

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At the AGI-09 post-conference workshop‘s Roadmap Panel,  Itamar Arel of the University of Tennessee announced the founding of a wiki at agi-roadmap.org that will serve as a supplement to the creation of an AGI Roadmap.  Taking as examples several previous, related technology projects, J. Storrs Hall made mention of work conducted by the Foresight Institute on the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems and Ben Goertzel discussed his participation in the writing of the Metaverse Roadmap.

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Welcome to the Future of AGI

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 Ben Goertzel and J. Storrs Hall at the AGI-09 post-conference workshop

Following in the footsteps of AGI-08, the Future of AI workshop was held in conjunction with AGI-09. This year’s workshop, held Monday, March 9th, 2009, at the main conference venue of the Crowne Plaza National Airport in Arlington, Virginia featured a slate of invited talks as well as contributed papers and posters. The event was hosted by J. Storrs Hall, president of the Foresight Institute, and introduced the topic of the economics of advanced AI.

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Engineering Utopia

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At the AGI-08 post-conference workshop on the ethical implications of artificial general intelligence, J. Storrs Hall, author of Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine, presented on “Engineering Utopia.” The paper asserts that the likely advent of AGI and the long-established trend of improving computational hardware promise a dual revolution in coming decades: machines which are both more intelligent and more numerous than human beings. This possibility raises substantial concern over the moral nature of such intelligent machines, and of the changes they will cause in society. Will we have the chance to determine their moral character, or will evolutionary processes and/or runaway self-improvement take the choices out of our hands?

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A Door Into Summer

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The anthropic principle tells us we should not be surprised to find that the laws of physics allow for life to exist, because here we are. In the same respect, for cryonics patients who are reanimated, there are a number of advanced technologies they should not be surprised to find in existence when they awake. J. Storrs Hall offered some predictions of what one could we expect to discover in such a historical context in his 2006 Alcor Conference presentation “A Door Into Summer.”

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What Could a Nanofactory Make?

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In the 1980′s while a researcher at Rutgers doing artificial intelligence and computer architecture, J. Storrs Hall learned about Eric Drexler‘s ideas and founded the sci.nanotech Usenet newsgroup, which he then moderated for over a decade. He is the inventor of various nanotech concepts, ranging from utility fog to space launch towers. The founding chief scientist of Nanorex Inc., he is a member of the Foresight Batelle productive nanosystems roadmap working group. He has also published the book Nanofuture: What’s Next for Nanotechnology, which won the Foresight Institute’s communication prize in 2005. His latest book, which came out this summer, is Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine. At the 2007 CRN conference entitled “The Future of Nano & Bio Technologies,” he went down the list from A to Z of things you could make with something called a “nanofactory.”

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Asimov’s Laws of Robotics – Revised

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J. Storrs Hall is an independent scientist and author. His latest book is Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine. It follows Nanofuture: What’s Next for Nanotechnology, which received the Foresight Institute’s Communications Prize and Drew University’s Bela Kornitzer Prize. At the 2007 Singularity Summit, he offered a revised notion of robotic morality, one based on an understanding of the evolutionary origins of human morals and ethics.

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