Quotes from Various Presenters

The fact that Deep Blue can beat Kasaprov just shows that brute force can sometimes achieve what would otherwise require real thought.

— Tim van Gelder, Ref

Until computer scientists can solve the far more difficult problem of commonsense intelligence, machines will remain our intellectual inferiors and subject to our dominion.

— Tim van Gelder, Ref

The march of information technology will not produce machines superior to humans. Rather, it will overhaul our understanding of what we are and what machines are.

— Tim van Gelder, Ref

Our own mastery of technology and our level of scientific self-understanding are reaching the stage where we can re-create deep aspects of ourselves in non-biological form. This process will gradually force a dramatic transformation of our understanding of what we essentially are…

— Tim van Gelder, Ref

If we want our species to survive in the long term, human beings cannot afford to stop reaching for the stars.

— Peter C. Doherty

Regrettably, induction is peripheral to traditional AI, and the machine learning community in large is not interested in A(G)I. It is the field of reinforcement learning at the intersection of AI and machine learning that has AGI ambitions and takes learning seriously.

— Marcus Hutter, Ref

The human mind is one of the great mysteries in the Universe, and arguably the most interesting phenomenon to study.

— Marcus Hutter, Ref

The dream of creating artificial devices which reach or outperform human intelligence is an old one. What makes this challenge so interesting? A solution would have enormous implications on our society, and there are reasons to believe that the AI problem can be solved in my expected lifetime. So, it’s worth sticking to it for a lifetime, even if it takes 30 years or so to reap the benefits.

— Marcus Hutter

Indeed it has even become an acceptable attitude that general intelligence is in principle unamenable to a formal definition. In my opinion, claiming something to be impossible without strong evidence sounds close to an unscientific position; and there are no convincing arguments against the feasibility of AGI.

— Marcus Hutter

The grand goal of AI is to develop systems that exhibit general intelligence on a human-level or beyond. If achieved, this would have a far greater impact on human society than all previous inventions together, likely resulting in a post-human civilization that only faintly resembles current humanity.

— Marcus Hutter

Consider the progress of some of the beneficial technologies that save lives, that enable us to stay informed, that entertain us, and keep us in touch with those we care about. As the efficacy of these technologies continues to evolve, we have the power to shape their outcome. The human species is at a unique stage in history – Scientific and technological progress is moving fast and continues to accelerate.

— Adam Ford

Consider the progress of some of the beneficial technologies that save lives, that enable us to stay informed, that entertain us, and keep us in touch with those we care about. As the efficacy of these technologies continues to evolve, we have the power to shape their outcome. The human species is at a unique stage in history – Scientific and technological progress is moving fast and continues to accelerate.

— Adam Ford