The Singularity Summit is coming on 3-4 Oct 2009 in NYC. See the impressive list of speakers here.
One of the speakers is Ben Goertzel, who will speak about “Pathways to Beneficial Artificial General Intelligence: Virtual Pets, Robot Children, Artificial Bioscientists, and Beyond”.
When talking about Robot Children, i would not be surprised if he used the following video made by his 12 year old daughter. Found it via Accelerating Future.
Is this what a 12 year old is thinking about ?
- Grand Pa’s dying, and let’s upload his brain onto the computer ?
- It’s uploaded on a Windows computer… do kids care ?
- Is Grand Pa dead together with all the files on my computer ?
- A universe with Windows does not deserve to exist ?
If you can believe the credits at the end of the video, at least 12-year old Scheherazade Goertzel does.
In this case – among many other things – Scheherazada’s father is the originator of the OpenCog open-source AGI framework, as well as the proprietary Novamente Cognition Engine AGI system.
Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is an emerging field aiming at the building of "thinking machines", that is, general-purpose systems with intelligence comparable to the human mind. Good starting point to learn more about AGI is http://agi-network.org/
You see what happens when kids get this sort of ideas served with the mothermilk 😉 We recently presented another mothermilk example when we spoke about Aza Raskin, now Head of User Experience at Mozillla Labs. His father was Jeff Rasking, one of the big minds behind the Apple user interface.
Very curious to see what how this Generation-M will move up the ladders, and one day be our leaders. Any other wizkids you are aware of ?