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ISS007-E-10807 (21 July 2003) --- This view of Earth's horizon as the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crewmember onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible. Credit: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

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Speaker: Peter Voss


Peter Voss, founder and CEO of Adaptive AI, a stealth AGI company, focused on the benefits that might result from the advent of AGI. Voss is optimistic that AGI will be developed in less than 10 years, and potentially in less than 5 years. For Voss, hardware is not a problem. The pieces of the AGI puzzle are in place and simply need to be put together correctly. A renewed interest in AGI indicates that there is currently an AI revival going on.

AGI can results in lower costs, better and safer products and services, and reduced work risks. These benefits will then lead to an improved standard of living for all humans, the fast tracking of developing nations, and accelerating improvements to technology. Other technologies will benefit, including nanotechnology, medical science, environmental technology, and computer science. Health and longevity research will benefit because AGI can conceivably act as focused researchers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This same capability means AGI can act as teachers, scientists, news reporters, and advisers. With their expected development using logic, reason, and science, AGI could benefit ethics and morality by removing irrational behavior and helping society move toward more rational politics and government.

A few challenges remain. The company that successfully develops AGI will need a viable design, fitting together all the pieces of the AGI puzzle in the appropriate way. The company will also need vision that spans the gap between an early design and actually having a working AGI. In addition, focus, leadership and funding are all important.

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