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Is there a way for people outside of core research community of AGI to contribute to the cause?

There are a lot of people interested in supporting the field, but there is no clear way to do that. Is there something like BOINC for AGI researches, or open projects where random experts can provide some input? Maybe Kickstarter for crazy AI projects?

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    $\begingroup$ If you want to contribute, it may be as simple as contacting a local professor and posing your idea to him/her. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Feb 25 '18 at 14:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Daniel, I tried, but no luck :( Could you suggest responsive researchers that are willing to engage in conversation with outsiders? $\endgroup$ – Alex Mar 5 '18 at 9:18
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    $\begingroup$ Unfortunately not. I'd say your best hope is to blog about your ideas that are solutions to problems. Also, discussing AGI with a researcher will make you seem naive. Instead, focus on solving problems that can be directly applied to everyday life. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Mar 7 '18 at 0:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Daniel - this only leads to weak AI - not A_G_I $\endgroup$ – Quonux Jan 14 at 15:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Quonux Can you exactly differentiate the two apart? $\endgroup$ – Daniel Jan 14 at 19:01
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OpenCog is an open source AGI project. But it is is also incredibly complex and IMHO not a good idea (I have not fully read his theories). You can learn the essential ideas behind OpenCog from the co-founder Ben Goertzel site as well.

Or, you can participate in the philosophical discussion regarding AGI. For strictly AGI / decision theory / logic / math material (they are all related), you can look up stuff from http://yudkowsky.net/ or https://arbital.com/. But in some sense every branch of philosophical inquiry can be tied back to AGI and consciousness (ethics, metaphysics........) so if it fancys you it depends on how you'd like to tackle it.

Or, you could study the psychology end of things. These papers / ideas are quite important in the field of study of consciousness / cognition (but keep in mind this is pretty much a random list, the literature is massive!):

Free Energy Principle

Global Workspace theory of consciousness

Relevance Realization

Recently (in mathematical time), progress in category theory shows promise of being a unified framework of much of the existing math. I know next to nothing about it, but the people that do are applying to many new fields of study (including AI apparently). Category theory requires a lot of background mathematical knowledge before its vocabulary begins to make sense though so beware. You can read about it on the nCatLab and occasionally on John Baez's blog: Azimuth

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I see the following possibilities for "newcomers"

  • write papers for the "Artificial General Intelligence"-conference (it is peer reviewed)
  • contribute to (open source) (proto)AGI systems like for example OpenCog, BECCA or OpenNARS.
  • Another possibility is to write papers about (implemented) techniques which may be directly used in an AGI design and submit it to non-AGI conferences.
  • The last possibility is to write and add papers to Arxiv (preferably about an open-source Implementation of an mechanism or Algorithm or architecture).
  • write implementations of algorithms, mechanisms or architectures and put them on github
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