Lex Fridman interviews Ben Goertzel in episode 103 of his AI podcast.

Ben Goertzel is one of the most interesting minds in the artificial intelligence community. He is the founder of SingularityNET, designer of OpenCog AI framework, formerly a director of research at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Chief Scientist of Hanson Robotics, the company that created the Sophia Robot. He has been a central figure in the AGI community for many years, including in the Conference on Artificial General Intelligence. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast.

Show outline:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 3:20 – Books that inspired you
  • 6:38 – Are there intelligent beings all around us?
  • 13:13 – Dostoevsky
  • 15:56 – Russian roots
  • 20:19 – When did you fall in love with AI?
  • 31:30 – Are humans good or evil?
  • 42:04 – Colonizing mars
  • 46:53 – Origin of the term AGI
  • 55:56 – AGI community
  • 1:12:36 – How to build AGI?
  • 1:36:47 – OpenCog
  • 2:25:32 – SingularityNET
  • 2:49:33 – Sophia
  • 3:16:02 – Coronavirus
  • 3:24:14 – Decentralized mechanisms of power
  • 3:40:16 – Life and death
  • 3:42:44 – Would you live forever?
  • 3:50:26 – Meaning of life
  • 3:58:03 – Hat
  • 3:58:46 – Question for AGI