On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 3:27 AM, Francis Heylighen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
David R. Weinbaum (Weaver) and Viktoras Veitas, researchers from the Global Brain Institute at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, have received the "Kurzweil Best AGI Idea Prize 2016" for their paper on "Open-Ended Intelligence".
The prize, sponsored by KurzweilAI.net, was awarded by the jury of the 9th Conference of Artificial General Intelligence, held in New York (July 16-19, 2016). It is given to the paper demonstrating the most innovative and scientifically plausible idea for achieving Artificial General Intelligence. Previous winners include renowned AI researchers Marcus Hutter, Juergen Schmidhuber and Joscha Bach.
Weinbaum and Veitas criticize the traditional approach to Artificial Intelligence, which defines the intelligence of an agent in terms of its ability to achieve well-defined goals. Instead, they conceive intelligence as an open-ended process of self-organization, in which intelligent agents are "individuated" out of a distributed network of interacting elements. Their concept helps us to understand how disparate agents, such as humans, robots or slime molds, can learn to coordinate their actions and thus make sense of their world.
This prize further testifies to the rapid advances made by the Global Brain Institute (GBI) since it was created a mere four years ago, thanks to a grant from the Yuri Milner Foundation. Last year already, an "Outstanding Technology Award" was given to the GBI director, Francis Heylighen, for related research.
The prize-winning paper was published as:
Weinbaum, D. (Weaver), & Veitas, V. (2016). Open-Ended Intelligence: On the Role of Individuation in AGI. In B. Steunebrink, P. Wang, & B. Goertzel (Eds.), Artificial General Intelligence (pp. 43-52). Springer International Publishing.
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