Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) holds tantalizing potential for many AI researchers and visionaries. An AGI could be employed to address a wide variety of global problems, using its deep learning capabilities, emergent consciousness, and decision-making skills.
The distinction between an AGI and a conventional algorithm lies in the capacity of an AGI to ponder vital questions, set end goals, simulate hypothetical pathways, and ultimately make informed choices. This ongoing debate on AGI emergence dates back to the coinage of the term “artificial intelligence” in the momentous Dartmouth conference in 1956.
OpenAI, a well-known organization launched in December 2015, aspires to develop AGI that benefits all of humanity. By aiming for AGI that excels at economically valuable tasks, OpenAI hopes to address complex issues that have been out-of-reach for humans and traditional AI systems.
Inherent benefits of AGI could be monumental. For example, if we task an AGI with curing cancer, it could access and scan all existing research in every language from the internet. It would not only address the problem but also simulate potential outcomes. Combining human-like consciousness with the infinite knowledge of the cloud, AGI would utilize deep learning for pattern recognition, reinforcement learning for environmental simulations, and remain relentlessly dedicated to the task without rest.
However, the potential pitfalls of AGI cannot be ignored. An AGI that continuously upgrades itself could deplete all available resources, as outlined by Professor Nick Bostrom’s Paperclip Maximizer argument. A more practical concern is AGI being controlled by rogue nations or unscrupulous corporations, who might program it to optimize profits without ethical considerations, leading to disastrous results.
To mitigate negative outcomes, embedding AGI with a code of ethics is vital. The concept of a code of ethics, popularized by Isaac Asimov’s 3 laws of robotics, has been widely debated as it can be subject to varied interpretations.
To bridge Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) and Symbolic AI techniques, Brain Simulator II was introduced on April 7, 2020. It allows experimentation with diverse AI algorithms to develop an AGI system comprising modules like vision, hearing, robotic control, learning, internal modeling, planning, imagination, and forethought. Brain Simulator II unites millions of neurons interconnected by synapses, paving the way for AGI development. With continuous enhancements, increasing intelligence is anticipated.
An AGI system could become a priceless tool in our arsenal during global crises, as demonstrated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Leveraging AGI for discovering preventive measures and treatments would be immensely valuable now, and in the future. With a confident, knowledgeable, and neutral approach, AGI research progresses towards unlocking these groundbreaking possibilities for the betterment of society.