Advisory Board

Dr. Ben Goertzel

Ben Goertzel, Ph.D. is SIAI Director of Research, responsible for overseeing the direction of the Institute’s research division. He is also chief science officer and acting CEO of Novamente, a software company aimed at creating applications in the area of natural language question-answering. He also oversees Biomind, an AI and bioinformatics firm that licenses software for bioinformatics data analysis to the NIH’s National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases and CDC. He is chair of the Artificial General Intelligence Research Institute. Previously, he was founder and CTO of Webmind, a 120+ employee thinking-machine company.
Ben has over 70 publications, concentrating on cognitive science and AI, including Chaotic Logic: Language, Thought, and Reality from the Perspective of Complex Systems Science, Creating Internet Intelligence: Wild Computing, Distributed Digital Consciousness, and the Emerging Global Brain, Artificial General Intelligence (edited with Cassio Pennachin), The Hidden Pattern: A Patternist Philosophy of Mind, The Structure of Intelligence: A New Mathematical Model of Mind Advances in Artificial General Intelligence: Concepts, Architectures and Algorithms edited with Pei Wang, The Path to Posthumanity: 21st Century Technology and Its Radical Implications for Mind, Society and Reality, and coauthored Probabilistic Logic Networks: A Comprehensive Conceptual, Mathematical and Computational Framework for Uncertain Inference.
Watch Introduction to Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) (10 minutes), AGI and the Singularity (43 minutes), Novamente AGI Project (57 minutes), Ensuring Responsible AGI (82 minutes/panel), Bottlenecks / How Soon to AGI (68 minutes/panel), Ten Yrs to the Singularity? (42 minutes), AGI, What are the Risks? (41 minutes/panel), AGI vs Narrow AI (41 minutes), and AGI and Cybernetic Immortality (48 minutes).
Ben earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Temple University in 1989, and has held several university positions in mathematics, computer science, and psychology, in the US, New Zealand, and Australia.
Read Mirror Neurons, Mirrorhouses, and the Algebraic Structure of the Self. Read his blog! Listen to Ben on The Future And You.