If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
It's been almost one year since the Covid-19 pandemic started. Data scientists worldwide have been analyzing data gathered during the pandemic to inform policies. As we have seen, policymaking has not been straight forward. During this time of social isolation, it's been a great opportunity for policymakers to figure out the right approach to making sense of the data to gain flexibility in community-based policy decisions. On Nov 17th, 2020, XPrize and Cognizant announced their Pandemic Response Challenge.
SingularityNET Foundation and leading blockchain research and development company IOHK, have announced that they are planning to port a significant portion of the SingularityNET decentralized protocol and platform from Ethereum to Cardano. This would involve providing mechanisms for swapping some of the current (Ethereum-based) ERC-20 AGI tokens to Cardano-based AGI tokens, and also creating analogues of the Solidity smart contracts underlying aspects of the SingularityNET platform using Cardano's new Plutus smart contract language. Dr. Ben Goertzel, CEO & Founder of the SinguarityNET Foundation, said: "Current speed and cost issues with the Ethereum blockchain have increased the urgency of exploring alternatives for SingluarityNET's blockchain underpinning. The ambitious Ethereum 2.0 design holds promise but the timing of rollout of different aspects of this next-generation Ethereum remains unclear, along with many of the practical particulars." Cardano's consensus mechanisms and associated algorithms and structures comprise a unique mix of rigorous theoretical grounding and practical scalability, and have now reached a level of maturity that makes it possible to port a complex blockchain application like SingularityNET to Cardano.
Full-stack AI solution SingularityNET is switching the Ethereum blockchain for peer-reviewed rival Cardano. SingularityNET is a decentralised AI marketplace which has the ultimate goal of forming the basis for the emergence of the world's first true Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). One of the brightest and most respected minds in AI leads the SingularityNET project, Dr Ben Goertzel. "Current speed and cost issues with the Ethereum blockchain have increased the urgency of exploring alternatives for SingluarityNET's blockchain underpinning," says Goertzel. "The ambitious Ethereum 2.0 design holds promise but the timing of rollout of different aspects of this next-generation Ethereum remains unclear, along with many of the practical particulars."
Recently, Dr. Ben Goertzel, CEO of SingularityNET convened the "COVID-19 Summit" to bring veterans in AI and Data Science researchers with epidemiologists, front-line doctors, and policymakers to look at how we handled the situation so far and what are the expectations going forward. One of the main themes from this Summit was the need for complex systems models such as agent-based models to inform policy. During this pandemic, at times, every policymaker around the world felt they were going into this pandemic without the information that they needed, even though we've dealt with other outbreaks such as SARS, MERS, etc.. The combined power of artificial intelligence and agent-based models in a Complex Adaptive System can give policymakers eyes, ears, and additional intelligence that can add transparency to the decision making process. Due to the technical nature of this topic, Dr. Deborah Duong, Director for AI Development at Rejuve and Director of Network Analytics at SingularityNET, gave a talk to explain the power of agent-based models combined with artificial intelligence, its usage, and the information it can provide policymakers and practical professionals in the field.
The solutions to previous challenges now exist in the form of platforms such as SingularityNET, which will solve the issue of interoperability between AI agents on many blockchains. SingularityNET also has a built-in governance system, and user data is protected end to end, while allowing governments to fork their own AI networks from the main network in order to maintain control over their sub-networks. It is observed that artificial intelligence (AI) is concentrated in the hands of large corporations and organizations. This hampers the development of a broader range of AI systems. Meanwhile, there is also the problem of data storage and access.
Today's article is about a particularly inspiring AGI Podcast revolving around decentralized efforts to achieve synoptical systems for social good, and which ties in with a new endeavor undertaken by the SingularityNET team. This week we interviewed a prominent figure in the European blockchain and AI innovation scene: Jan-Peter Doomernik. Jan-Peter is Nature 2.0's Lead Architect and a Senior Business Developer working in one of Holland's leading distribution service operators (DSO) Enexis Netbeheer. In the podcast, we discuss the "demystification of complexity", the upcoming Odyssey hackathon, and the efforts that civil society, academia and industry can make to introduce new autonomous systems imbued with humanitarianism. "In forests, you have big trees and little trees and those trees are connected like a network in which the big trees share resources of sunlight and water to the little trees so that the little trees do not have to become competitors."
What to know about SingularityNET (AGI)? Blockchain technology has become one of the most in-demand technologies worldwide. Among the innovations that prove its advancement is the launching of SingularityNet. Many will confuse it with a typical marketplace, but SingularityNet is a decentralized marketplace for Artificial Intelligence (AI). The businesses associated with AI are increasing daily; however, there's a significant difference between the people developing AI tools (researchers and academics) and the businesses that want to make use of the technology for specific needs.
Cisco has established a partnership with blockchain firm SingularityNET to explore decentralised artificial intelligence. The partners are specifically looking at artificial general intelligence (AGI) technologies which aim to replicate the complex tasks of which humans are capable. AGI is considered a step above standard AI because it aims to add human-like reasoning capabilities in uncertain scenarios. Such processing will enable AGIs to do things like solve puzzles and make plans which are beyond that of today's AIs. "The scale of the AGI deployments needed by a partner like Cisco is going to be tremendous, and we are working hard to make sure our AGI tools and our blockchain-based platform is up to the task."
SingularityNET, a startup that bills itself as a "decentralized artificial intelligence" company, said today it's working with networking giant Cisco Systems Inc. on an ambitious project to create more advanced AI technologies that will soon be able to surpass humans in their ability to learn and perform new tasks. The partnership is a strong validation of SingularityNET's technologies, which include a blockchain-based, decentralized marketplace for AI algorithms, and various deep neural net models for computer vision and language understanding. Its biggest project, however, is a customized version of the OpenCog Advanced General Intelligence engine, an architecture for robot and virtual embodied cognition that defines a set of interacting components designed to give rise to "human-equivalent AGI." AGI is an emerging new field within AI, or some might even say a more superior form of it. Traditional AI generally refers to the ability of a machine to imitate human cognition, such as learning and problem-solving. But most AI models remain quite primitive, specialized on training machines at a single task, whether that's image recognition, playing chess or studying medical data.
Decentralized artificial intelligence (AI) firm SingularityNET and tech conglomerate Cisco have partnered to develop applied artificial general intelligence (AGI) technologies. AGI is one aspect of AI technology that concentrates on learning the intellectual tasks of which humans are capable. Sometimes referred to as "Strong AI," AGI emphasizes a machine's ability to reason in uncertain situations, solve puzzles, plan and communicate in natural language. Goertzel also said that the scale of Cisco's AGI deployments will be a major driver for the firm's development, stating: "The work we've done with Cisco on smart traffic analytics using OpenCog's logical reasoning and deep neural networks just scratches the surface. Let's just say we have some much broader and deeper conversations going on."