Beneficial AGI Summit
& Unconference

Feb. 27 - Mar. 1 2024

Panama City

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ENVISIONING A RADICALLY BETTER
FUTURE AT A CRITICAL MOMENT

This extraordinary inaugural event will guide us all in leveraging human wisdom and values to guide the evolution of Artificial General Intelligence.

Join us in the vibrant heart of Panama City or virtually via a combination of metaverse and traditional video conferencing tools. Sign up for details!

Update: The event is now over, but you can watch the streams from both days on our YouTube channel at the link below, as well as other videos made in the run-up to, and following the event. 

PARTICIPANTS

Bringing together the leading voices in AI – joining together in action to catalyze the emergence of beneficial AGI.

 

Speakers

Ben Goertzel

CEO, SingularityNET Foundation & TrueAGI Inc.

George Gilder

Investor, Author & Co-founder, Discovery Institute

Natasha Vita-More

Executive Director, Humanity Plus

Toufi Saliba

CEO, HyperCycle

Elizabeth Shaw

Founder, 1000 Black Voices

David Hanson

CEO, Hanson Robotics

Mihaela Ulieru

Chief AI Alchemist, SingularityNET

José Luis Cordeiro

Vice Chair of Humanity+ & Director, The Millennium Project

Author

Janet Adams

COO, SingularityNET

Calum Chace

Author of "Surviving AI" & "The Economic Singularity". Co-host of The London Futurist Podcast

Ruiting Lian

Computational Linguist, SingularityNET

David Wood

Foresight Advisor, SingularityNET

Jay Friedenberg

Psychology Professor, Manhattan College

Julia Mossbridge

Founder, Mossbridge Institute

Max More

Director of Communications, Biostasis Technologies

Alexey Potapov

Chief AGI Officer, SingularityNET

Rachel St. Clair

CEO, Simuli

Sergey Shalyapin

CTO, SingularityNET

Randal Koene

Founder & Chair, Carboncopies Brain Research Foundation

Anneloes Smitsman

Co-Founder and CEO, EARTHwise Ventures

Deborah Duong

CTO, Rejuve.AI

Jerome Glenn​

CEO, Millenium Project​

Gabriel Axel Montes

Founder, Neural Axis

Betelhem Dessie

Co-Founder & CEO, iCog Anyone Can Code

Dianne Krouse

Jam Galaxy President and Co-Founder

Dor Garbash

Founder, Radical Ecosystems

David Brin

Author & Futurist

Erik Schoppen

Lecturer, Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Gregory Stock

CEO, Socratic Sciences; Professor, Icahn School of Medicine

James Hughes

Associate Provost, University of Massachusetts Boston

Allan Leslie Combs

Prof Emeritus of Consciousness Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies

David Orban

Chief Actioneer, SingularityNET

Anton Kolonin

AI & Blockchain Architect, SingularityNET

Ibby Benali

CMO, HyperCycle

John Jones

Founder, World Systems Solutions Inc

Haley Lowy

Marketing Lead, SingularityNET

Esther Galfalvi

Decentralization Programme Lead, SingularityNET

Joscha Bach

AI Strategist, Liquid AI

Albina Pomogalova

Blockchain Development Lead, SingularityNET

James Barrat

Writer, Producer & Director

Mikey Siegel

Lecturer, Stanford University

Sharon Gal-Or

Social Media Consultant for the BGI Summit, Ting Global

Ted Goertzel

Sociologist, Rutgers University

Youngsook Park

Prof. Future Studies, Seoul Media Institute of Technology

Jeffery Martin

Author

Moojan Asghari

Co-Founder, Women in AI

Kenric Nelson

President, Photrek

Kennedy Schaal

CEO & Founder Rejuve Biotech

Robin Hanson

Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Yip Thy-Diep Ta

CEO, J3d.ai (Jedi)

Roman Yampolskiy

Associate Professor, University of Louisville

David Bray

Principal & CEO at LeadDoAdapt (LDA) Ventures

Advisory Board

Ben Goertzel

Conference Chair, BGI-24

CEO, SingularityNET Foundation & TrueAGI Inc.

George Gilder

Investor, Author & Co-founder, Discovery Institute

Charles Hoskinson

Founder of Cardano and Co-Founder of Ethereum & CEO, Input Output Global

Natasha Vita-More

Executive Director, Humanity Plus

Gary Marcus

Professor Emeritus, NYU

Philip Rosedale

Founder, Second Life. Co-Founder, High Fidelity

Elizabeth Shaw

Founder, 1000 Black Voices

Toufi Saliba

CEO, HyperCycle

Moojan Asghari

Co-Founder, Women in AI

Julia Mossbridge

Founder, Mossbridge Institute

David Hanson

CEO, Hanson Robotics

José Luis Cordeiro

Vice Chair of Humanity+ & Director, The Millennium Project

Randal Koene

Founder & Chair, Carboncopies Brain Research Foundation

Nell Watson

Ethics Scientist & AI Philosopher

Calum Chace

Author of "Surviving AI" & "The Economic Singularity". Co-host of The London Futurist Podcast

Roman Yampolskiy

Associate Professor, University of Louisville

Robin Hanson

Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Susan Schneider

Founder, Center for Future Mind

Gregory Stock

CEO, Socratic Sciences; Professor, Icahn School of Medicine

Jerome Glenn​

CEO, Millenium Project

James Hughes

Associate Provost, University of Massachusetts Boston

Max More

Director of Communications, Biostasis Technologies

John Jones

Founder, World Systems Solutions Inc

Erik Schoppen

Lecturer, Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Dor Garbash

Founder, Radical Ecosystems

Amie Rafter

VP, World Systems Solutions Inc.

Marcus Fysh

Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Groups in the UK for Digital Identity and Central Bank & Digital Currency and Founder of SARISA Labs

Wendell Wallach

Co-Director, AI and Equality Initiative, Carnegie Council

David Brin

Author & Futurist

Steve Omohundro

Founder and CEO, Beneficial AI Research

Amal Moussaoui

Diplomat, U.S. Department of State

Anders Indset

Philosopher & Author

Jay Friedenberg

Psychology Professor, Manhattan College

CHALLENGE

Welcome to Beneficial AGI Challenge – an innovative and inclusive community dedicated to exploring the positive impacts of artificial intelligence across various domains.

The BGI Challenge is the best way to start participating in the Beneficial AGI Summit — join a robust online community of AGI enthusiasts and get updates on the event, complete daily tasks that educate you, and get rewards based on your participation!

You can find out all about the BGI Challenge here.

AGENDA - WHAT TO EXPECT

Join us to be at the forefront of breaking news, exclusive company collaborations, enlightening keynote presentations, panel discussions, and innovative product unveilings, all orchestrated by the industry’s most influential figures.

Beneficial AGI Summit - Feb. 27 & 28 2024

On the first two days of the BGI Summit, top thought leaders from around the globe will engage in comprehensive, detailed discussions of a wide range of questions regarding various approaches to AGI and their ethical, economic, psychological, political, environmental and other implications.


The focus will be on discussing issues, making conceptual progress, forming collaborations, and engaging in the practical actions aimed at catalyzing the emergence of beneficial AGI based on the ideas and connections set in motion by all involved.

Key Themes

Ethical & Practical Implications

Understanding the differences between various potential AGI architectures? (LLM-based, brain simulation based, neural-symbolic or hybrid, etc.)

Recursive AGI Self-Improvement

How should we think about the risks and benefits of recursive AGI self-improvement … versus the risks and benefits of AGIs that don’t self-improve?

Open Source Factors

What are the risks versus benefits of early-stage AGI technology being open source? What are the risks versus benefits of it being implemented on a decentralized infrastructure like a blockchain?

Conceptualization of “Benefit”

What are the changes in standards of benefit over time (beneficial now is not the same to what was beneficial in the past, nor in the future). What kind of benefit do we want AGI to work toward?

Global Structures Impact

What is the relevance of social, political, economic, and ownership structures to AGI – both before and after the achievement of full human-level AGI.

AGI Ownership & Ethics

Does who owns the initial human-level AGI and the nature of their business model make a major difference in the ultimate ethical orientation of that AGI?

Human Creators Influences

What impact do the consciousness of the human creators of AGI, and/or of the human population in general, have on the nature of the AGI systems we create? Would self-aware AGI designers and devs create ethically better AGI systems?

AGI Development Initiative

How might one organize an AGI development initiative to as to maximize the odds of it leading to beneficial AGI?

AGI Embody Human Ethics

To what extent can AGIs with different architectures and bodies than humans truly embody or understand human ethics

Pace of Gov. Regulations vs. AGI evolution

How can we best manage the mismatch between the slow pace of evolution of government regulations and industry standards, versus the fast pace of evolution of AI toward AGI?

Virtuous Cycle

Are there ways that early-stage AGI systems could be used to help advance the level of consciousness of human beings, thus perhaps creating a virtuous cycle btw better humans and better AGIs?

Interests of Corps. & Nation-States

How can the drive to create beneficial AGI best be harmonized with the interests of corporations and the drive of nation-states to advance their own interests?

Regulatory Capture

What are the potential risks of “regulatory capture” of government AGI regulations by large corporations, similar to what has happened in the US financial and medical industries? How might these be avoided?

Regulatory Capture

What are the potential risks of “regulatory capture” of government AGI regulations by large corporations, similar to what has happened in the US financial and medical industries? How might these be avoided?

Unconference - Feb. 29 - Mar. 1 2024

The Unconference is geared towards fostering in-depth, wide-ranging discussions. These sessions are participant-driven, which will allow attendees to bring forward their ideas and steer their discussions in parallel working sessions around a common theme. After the event, our goal is to spearhead practical initiatives that accelerate the development of beneficial AGI.

Key Themes

Constitution & Governance Framework

An initiative to collectively create a “Constitution and Governance Framework” to be proposed for voluntary adoption by individuals and organizations involved in open source AGI projects oriented toward participatory governance

Global Brain Collective

Participants around the globe contribute their brain-power and opinions to help direct the evolution of AI toward AGI, and perhaps also contribute their available data or compute resources to AI-oriented projects of their choice

Scenario Potential 1

Open and participatory global developer networks aggressively pursue human-level AGI and get there first

Simulation / Gaming Environments

Creating such environments that allow the interactive exploration of various future AGI-development scenarios – e.g. via role-playing in environments created by generative AI tools and governed by complex dynamical-system simulations

Scenario Analysis Process

A number of plausible scenarios for the future of AGI and humanity are sketched, and aspects of this scenario are then fleshed out collectively by individuals with different backgrounds and orientations.

Scenario Potential 2

One particular tech company gets to human-level AGI first and rolls it out in a carefully controlled way, in coordination with the government of their host nation

Scenario Potential 3

Multiple tech companies in multiple major nations get to human-level AGI basically at the same time

Scenario Potential 5

Human-level AGI is rolled out in a way that massively improves human life in the developed world, but not the developing world

Scenario Potential 7

AGI development is successfully throttled by global regulation, but progress in most other advanced technologies (including narrow AI systems & LLMs and pursuing corporate and military aims) continues apace

Scenario Potential 4

The first human-level AGI is an “LLM++”, versus a hybrid neural-symbolic-evolutionary system, versus a detailed human brain simulation …

Scenario Potential 6

Human-level AGI is rolled out in a way that provides roughly comparable benefit across global regions and socioeconomic strata

VENUE

Hilton Panama
Balboa Avenida & C. Aquilino de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama

+507 280-8000

https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/ptyhfhh-hilton-panama/

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We have numerous opportunities for you to showcase your expertise and leadership via various thought leadership sessions happening throughout the event. This presents a unique opportunity to connect with both current and prospective partners.

Networking

Network with the world’s brightest thinkers and renowned thought leaders in the world of AI. Our carefully curated sessions are designed to foster dynamic interactions, helping you meet the individuals who are shaping the future of AI.

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