What is “Artificial General Intelligence”?

My name is Mike Ferguson, and I am an incoming research software engineer in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) department at MIT. In my undergrad days, I was the creator and instructor of a novel computer science course at the University of Virginia, looking at the intersection of AI, neuroscience, and philosophy. The course was entitled_ CS 1501: Artificial General Intelligence,_ and was taught for three semesters at UVA to almost 150 students, even receiving a teaching award from the UVA CS faculty. After pulling my hair out on the lack of easy-to-follow, concise AGI introductions that touch on relevant issues, I had the idea to transform that class into a series of blogs.

What is the nature of consciousness? What is the fabled Turing Test, and would it work as planned? Would a superintelligence wipe out humanity? Would an AGI destroy or improve the economy? These are among some of the most important questions humanity has to offer, and could decide our fate. I do not pretend to have the answers; my hope is just to emphasize the need for interdisciplinary collaboration and to highlight how philosophy and cognitive science can illuminate and even offer answers into thorny computer science issues.

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What is “Artificial General Intelligence”?