Ben Goertzel is an American author and researcher in the field of artificial intelligence. He is currently Chief Science Officer of Hong Kong financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings, Chief Executive Officer of Novamente LLC, a privately held software company, and Chairman of the Board of the OpenCog Foundation. The latter two entities work toward the development of Artificial General Intelligence. Goertzel is also the CEO of Biomind LLC, a company that provides AI-based bioinformatics services. He is Vice Chair of futurist organization Humanity+ and he is an advisor to the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and formerly its Director of Research.