Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris en Artificial Intelligence, Lifestyle, beBee in English CTO • Data Science Partnership 23/10/2018 · 2 min de lectura · 2,0K

NGI - A Breakthrough Greater than AGI

NGI - A Breakthrough Greater than AGI


Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is considered to be the holy grail of A.I. research. In a nutshell, it involves an A.I. system that performs well in every aspect of cognition, such as understanding images, comprehending sounds, figuring out patterns in numeric data, understanding natural language, etc. while at the same time being able to perform more complex tasks related to these areas, much like a specialized A.I. (narrow A.I.) does. In essence, it is an A.I. that resembles the intelligent machines in many sci-fi films, though its breadth of capabilities is greater than that portrayed in those movies. An AGI, for example, would be able to paint a picture, compose a song, write a poem, and even give you feedback on your dance routine, all while being able to figure out if a given transaction is fraudulent or not as competently as a specialist in this field. So, its abilities can be creative too, much like a human being. In other words, an AGI is like a well-rounded human, but has a silicon brain instead.

Although AGI is a fascinating topic and an intriguing area of scientific research, it is good to think about it from various other perspectives. Enter Natural General Intelligence (NGI), which is possibly the next step of our evolution, with or without AGI to help in that. NGI is the human equivalent of AGI but with a twist. NGI is not linked to AGI since there is nothing stopping us from developing it ourselves. In fact, many individuals have managed that in the past. People like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, William Shakespeare, and Goete, were among those multi-faceted individuals who were intelligent in a general sense, not just in the art form that they are known for.

Leonardo da Vinci, for example, was great in scientific research (e.g. medicine), painting, and of course the design of unique apparati that were applicable in warfare and beyond (e.g. bridges). Also, the technique of perspective in painting was his, while he had some theories about how flight could be accomplished practically. What’s more, he was great at negotiating contracts, liaising with the powerful people of his time, and adept at adapting to the ever-changing circumstances of his era. If you find yourself in Florence (or Rome), you can pay a visit to a museum dedicated to this great Renaissance Man, though the focus of such a place is on the machines he designed.

Of course, someone could argue that individuals like Leonardo were very special and exceptionally talented, but the fact that many of them managed to do what they did without a wealth of resources (with the exception of Francis Bacon, perhaps, who was a nobleman), goes on to show that perhaps this approach to the sciences and the arts is not all that exclusive. Malcolm Gladwell talked about the 10000 hour rule, which although not scientific, it is an interesting rule-of-thumb showing that anyone can master something given enough practice, particularly conscious practice. Perhaps it would take someone more than 10000 hours of deliberate effort to become someone great in Cryptography, while others might get the hang of it in just 100 hours or so, but these variances are normal and expected to some extent.

Bottom line, the idea of a natural general intelligence, in whatever form it is expressed, is something that has been feasible in the past and perhaps in the future too. After all, now we have access to educational resources that were unfathomable a few decades ago. Also, it’s easier to find tutors, mentors, teachers, etc. to facilitate one’s education in various aspects of human culture. And who knows, maybe with AGI becoming a tangible thing in the foreseeable future, the internal advent of NGI will be more feasible than it was before. The question that naturally arises is how would you use an AGI to improve your own intelligence, should you have access to this technology in the future?


If you are interested in A.I. feel free to contact me, either via beBee or my blog. As for AGI, I've recently published a novel on the topic, which I invite you to check out. Cheers!


Jerry Fletcher 24/10/2018 · #6

#5 Z--that is an impressive beginning on how to solve this conundrum --if it can be done In this day and age.

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#4 You raise a very good point Jerry. I believe that those most adaptable stand out from the crowd in one way or another. People who are willing to put up with the insane bureaucracy of academia, for example, or the irrational level of risks involved in building a start-up, have some quality that transcends the conventional and are more suitable for a different approach to training, one that nourishes their curiosity, transforming it into interest and eventually love for knowledge (not the superficial kind that infests the web, but the deeper kind that even those adept in science have a hard time putting it into a comprehensive form) and wisdom.

Leonardo was a scientist but he was also an artist. Perhaps if we are to follow his example (and that of other people like him), we need to focus on more than one aspects of human culture, or at the very least become versatilists in akin fields. I believe that men and women like this exist today but the circumstances are not conducive to their growth and/or their recognition. The limelight favors a different kind of people nowadays...

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Jerry Fletcher 23/10/2018 · #4

Zacharias, you like Dr. Ali are forcing my little grey cells to dance like bees relating a new source of interest. This notion of NGI is fascinating. How can we identify those that would be most adaptable to the training required? From what I know of da Vinci the capabilities he displayed were all built on an insatiable curiosity and the ability to accept ideas that were not approved by the Church. He was a scientist, self-trained so how do we find and encourage similar young men and women?

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Savvy Raj 23/10/2018 · #3

A very interesting and informative read.
A few lines came to mind while reading the comments to your post.

Simplicity dwells in the complexity
And complexity is just tangled simplicity
In the designers intelligence.
Both dance hand in hand....

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#1 And who knows? Maybe one day we'll transcend complexity and reach simplicity, which according to Leonardo da Vinci, is "the ultimate sophistication."

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I feel that Artificial General Intelligence id developing nested patterns.As you mentioned @Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris we are moving towards Natural General Intelligence (NGI) and who knows what shall emerge next. Complex patterns may develop.

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