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Ben Goertzel

Ben Goertzel ( is founder and CEO of two computer science firms Novamente LLC ( and Biomind LLC (, and of the non-profit Artificial General Intelligence Research Institute ( He has served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science and cognitive science, in the US, Australia and New Zealand.  He is author of two books focused on the future of technology and society Creating Internet Intelligence (Plenum, 2001) and The Path to Posthumanity (Academica, 2006). He serves as Director of Research for the Singularity Institute for AI.

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The Multiverse According
The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity by Ben Goertzel (2015)

Ten Years To the Singularity If We Really Really Try: ... and other Essays on AGI and its Implicatio by Ben Goertzel (2014)

Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies by Ben Goertzel ed. (2014)

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays by eds. Max More and Natasha Vita-More (2013)

Artificial General Intelligence (Cognitive Technologies) by Ben Goertzel (Editor), Cassio Pennachin (Editor) (2007)

"Thiel Fellowships, Singularity University, and the value of good old-fashioned universities"   The Multiverse According to Ben  (Dec 19, 2016)

"Humans for Transparency in Artificial Intelligence"  (Mar 17, 2016)

"Report on Nigeria ICT Festival 2015"   Ethical Technology  (Jan 19, 2016)

"OpenAI - My Quick Thoughts"  (Jan 18, 2016)

"Getting Human-Like Values into Advanced OpenCog AGIs"   The Multiverse According to Ben   (Dec 26, 2015)

"Technoprogressive Political Platform for the USA"   Ethical Technology  (Nov 9, 2015)

"Creating Human-Friendly AGIs and Superintelligences: Two Theses"   MultiverseAccordingtoBen  (Nov 7, 2015)

"The First Earthly Superintelligence Will Be an Incremental Mind-Upload of the Global Brain"   Multiverse According to Ben  (Sep 6, 2015)

"Is a Human Borg-Mind Inevitable?"   Multiverse According to Ben  (Sep 5, 2015)

"Paranormal Phenomena, Nonlocal Mind, Reincarnation Machines - How I Came to Accept the Paranormal"   Multiverse According to Ben  (May 20, 2015)

"The Turing Church and Open Source Religion: Ben Goertzel Interviews Giulio Prisco"   Ethical Technology  (Dec 25, 2014)

"Statement on the Recent TED/Psi/Consciousness Controversy"  (Apr 20, 2013)

"Live-Blogging the Morning of Day Two of Humanity+ San Francisco"   Ethical Technology  (Dec 2, 2012)

"How the Brain Works"   Hplusmagazine  (Aug 6, 2012)

"Creating/Discovering New States of Mind"   Multiverse According to Ben  (Jul 21, 2012)

"Radical Futurism for Newbies (A Brief Reading List)"  (Jun 13, 2012)

"The Technological Elimination of Pain is Both Feasible and Possible"   Hplusmagazine  (Jun 10, 2012)

"How Dangerous is Artificial General Intelligence? - SI’s Luke Muehlhauser Interviews Ben Goertzel"   Hplusmagazine  (May 28, 2012)

"Someone Should Build a Psychedelic Resort/Lab Seastead"  (Apr 27, 2012)

"Is God an Alien Mathematician?"   Hplusmagazine  (Apr 16, 2012)

Recent Multimedia
Will Superhuman Intelligence Be Our Friend or Foe?   2017-02-26

YaNetu: AI Teaching Tablet for African Children—IndieGogo Campaign   2016-03-12

Transitioning to a Post-Employment, Post-Scarcity, Post-Money Economy   2015-12-26

IEET Fellow Ben Goertzel on the Transformative Potential of Intelligent Robotics   2015-12-18

Altered States of Consciousness through Technological Intervention   2015-11-06

Goertzel Launches Indiegogo to create AI Tablets for African Children (Mar 12, 2016)

Ben Goertzel Feature Article in WIRED (Jan 27, 2016)

Goertzel, Hughes, Prisco in Cosmist article by Harper’s Magazine (Dec 31, 2015)

Giulio Prisco and Micah Redding interviewed in Motherboard (Dec 20, 2015)

IEET’s Hughes, Cascio, Brin, Vita-More, and Goertzel at Humanity+ @San Francisco (Oct 11, 2012)

Past Appearances
Future of Mind symposium (The Center for Transformative Media, NYC - Jul 20, 2016)

Goertzel @ Exponential Future Symposium (Hong Kong - May 09, 2015)

Goertzel @ Artificial General Intelligence (AGI-13) (Beijing, China - Jul 31, 2013)

Goertzel and Vita-More @ Second International Global Future 2045 Congress (New York, NY - Jun 15, 2013)

Goertzel, Wicks @ 2013 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association (Salt Lake City, UT - Apr 05, 2013)