Speaker: Barney Pell

Barney Pell, founder and CEO of Powerset, a semantic search engine set to launch this month, spoke about the paths toward AGI. He emphasized that most AI research has not been devoted to general intelligence, due to a variety of reasons.

What framework will be required for the development of AGI? Pell suggested that we are in a fundamentally different stage of AI development, where success in the industry can eventually drive further funding and development. While the industry has until now been focused on expert systems and vertical markets, the industry is rapidly transitioning to more general solutions.

Regarding Powerset, Pell said the company is developing conversational user interfaces and natural language search capabilities. They expect to read and parse every single sentence on the web, while allowing people to interact with the results using natural language.

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Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype and is forthcoming from The Laurel Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files“.