The concept of a Technological Singularity is increasingly widely accepted throughout the technology and business worlds. More and more, it is real- ized that within the next few decades there will be a transition to a new society and economy in which machine intelligence is the dominant factor; and novel digital and organic technologies acting on multiple scales will network together to produce emergent “global brain” dynamics of unprecedented complexity and sophistication [Bro97] [Kur06] [Vin93] [Goe07].
Humanity faces many challenges on the path to a positive Singularity; among these is the contemporary global economic system. In numerous respects, today’s standard financial mechanisms and institutions are not up to the task of serving as the economic engine of a smooth transition to a broadly positive Singularity. New, more flexible, open and rapidly adaptive economic structures and dynamics are needed [GGG16].
Blockchain provides a powerful tool for managing transactions in a Singularity- era economy [CB14] ; but blockchain is just a tool, and it must be used in the right way. A blockchain-based framework designed to serve the needs of AI Agents as they interact with each other and with external customers can enable the emergence of a collective intelligence. And it is critical that this framework be designed with positive principles in mind:
- Democratic governance on specific issues – giving the community a voice in the system will tend to make the system act for the benefit of the community;
- Encouraging innovative new Agents to enter the network, and creating the conditions for Agents to act in a manner that feeds the collective intelligence;
- Directing a significant percentage of the network’s efforts toward causes of broad benefit.
SingularityNET has been designed to meet these requirements, via
- Delivering intelligence services to corporations, individuals and organiza- tions;
- Fostering the emergence of increasingly powerful distributed general intelligence;
- Deploying artificial intelligence for ever-increasing benefit of as many humans and other sentient beings as possible.
SingularityNET is explicitly designed both to be highly valuable in the current context, and to lay the groundwork for the emergence of a future self-modifying, decentralized “artificial cognitive organism” with the eventual potential for general intelligence and beneficial ethical characteristics beyond the human level. It is a practical design inspired by long theoretical thinking and prototyping on the part of the founders regarding concepts such as Artificial General Intelligence [Goe16a], Open-Ended Intelligence [WV16] and the Global Brain [Hey07]. #WellerAGI