David Hanson Wants To Create Genius Machines

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

 Friendly AI
To spur the development of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) David Hanson urges greater international and cross-disciplinary co-operation. His goal is to develop AGI systems that surpass human-level creative genius, yet remain friendly. He calls these creations, Genius Machines.

Robotics pioneer, David Hanson is pushing for an integrated global initiative to create Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).  His goal is to develop AGI systems that surpass human-level creative genius, yet remain friendly.  He calls these creations, Genius Machines.

Hanson has created the robots, Bina48, Diego-San and is the Robokind platform. Hanson's work in rubber and sculpture resulted in the amazing breakthrough of Frubber™. He integrates a vast array of disciplines including engineering, philosophy and art to further the development of “robots as socially adept as any human being.” He is as much an artist as a scientist, and his work in robotics have earned him praise as a “genius” by both PC Magazine and WIRED.

David Hanson

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To accomplish the goal of Genius Machines, Hanson proposes the following techniques to accelerate progress:

GENI (www.geni.ai) - GENI is an organization created to rally the effort in creating genius machines.  The resulting AI can be called GENI, which stands for Generation of General Intelligence.  Hanson hopes botht he tools and the community of GENI will serve as a breeding ground for new AGI.

GLUE (www.glue.ai) - To make the GENI systems, GLUE proposes to be an effort to bridge the numerous components into super-systems. These "bridging" efforts seek to expand the integrative design of AI, AGI and robotics research.  Hanson hopes to bridge platforms such as ROS, Microsoft's Robotic programming system, OpenCog and more with GLUE.

Character AI - Perhaps what Hanson is most famous for is the development of character and expression driven robotics and AI.  To him, the natural, human-like interaction is a requisite scaffold for Friendly AGI.  First, such design allows for people to desire and interact with the systems, and second this market may naturally select for AGI that understand humans and care about us--leading towards increasingly Friendly AGI.

Interestingly, Hanson proposes that creativity is an emergent pattern from physical interaction, and that perhaps our own creativity is distinguished by complexity and our memory.  It follows then, that for artificial intelligence systems to be considered creative they should probably be enabled with robotics.

Hanson would like to further develop the creative capacity of AI systems through research.

Overall he also stresses the need for better software and hardware systems to make Genius Machines possible.  Part of this development will require extending intelligent robotics out of research labs and into the consumer space.

The video was recorded at the Winter Intelligence Oxford http://winterintelligence.org - Organized by the Future of Humanity Institute http://fhi.ox.ac.uk/ - AGI12 -http://agi-conference.org/2012.

SOURCE  Adam Ford

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