Workshop on Creating a Roadmap toward Human-Level

Artificial General Intelligence



October 24-25, 2009

Knoxville, TN


Photo courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development


Hosted by the University of Tennessee

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Machine Intelligence Lab


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Workshop Synopsis

The goal of this working workshop is to hold a small-group discussion aimed at collaboratively outlining a roadmap toward Human-Level AI (HLAI) based on a broadly agreed-upon set of assumptions. Participants will not be presenting material, but are rather expected to take an active part in the discussions. We expect one of the outcomes of the event to be a published manuscript co-authored by the participants.


Tentative Schedule


Friday night – Dinner (Tomato Head)


8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 General discussion of roadmap workshop
10:00 – 11:00 Initial discussion on presentation/discussion of scenarios that were fleshed out for “homework”

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:15 Continue presentation/discussion of “homework” scenarios


12:15 – 2:00 Lunch break (Café 4 – Market Square)

2:00 – 3:30 Collective capability clustering exercise (with index cards on table)
3:30 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:30 Filling in gaps revealed by index cards exercise & discussion of task/metric component of roadmap
7:30 – 8:30 Dinner (Tomato Head – Market Square)

After dinner: optional drinks and ongoing discussion


8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 Summary discussion of tasks/metrics component of the roadmap: consolidation of capabilities and tasks, relationships between tasks, etc.
10:30 -11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:15 Discussion on overall AGI roadmap  document


12:15 – 1:15 Lunch (in conference room)


1:15 – 3:00 – Continuation of discussion on the overall AGI roadmap document and future work


Reference material

The following material has been put forward by participants of the workshop for promoting the discussions. Please review this material prior to attending the workshop:

·       The AGI Roadmap webpage is a general resource for activities pertaining to the theme of the workshop.

·       A preliminary draft for a possible AGI roadmap, which may serve as basis for discussion, can be found here.

·       A paper arguing for the value of taking a developmental perspective in AI (suggested by Matt Schlesinger).

·       A keynote address delivered by Stan Franklin at the first conference on Artificial General Intelligence (2006) {video and PDF available at here} was intended to provide a working ontology for AGI, that is a coherent beginning vocabulary from which to discuss AGI topics.

·       John Sowa has contributed a paradigm paper where he outlines an approach to AGI which is influenced by Minsky’s Society of Mind.

·       Sam Adams has suggested a paper he co-authored on the topic of “Beyond the Turing Test

·       Marvin Minsky’s paper on Steps Toward Artificial Intelligence remains an important reference on the topic.

·       Ben Goerztel’s AGI Preschool paper provides a suggested framework to guide some of the discussion on the AGI Roadmap.


Workshop Venue

·       The workshop will be held in 319 Perkins Hall on campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A map of the campus is available at UTK campus map.

·       The conference hotel is the Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville Cumberland House Hotel, which is a walking distance from campus and the meeting venue, as well as the downtown area that hosts restaurants and other attractions.

·       Travel arrangements will be made by the participants and covered by the workshop.

·       It is assumed that most participants will be arriving on Friday (Oct 23) and returning on Sunday night (Oct 25). If you have other travel needs, please indicate so. The Knoxville airport (TYS) is a 15 minutes drive from the campus of the University of Tennessee.

·       Please complete and fax/email the following form PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP! The form should be either faxed (+1-865-974-5483) or emailed ( to Marva Anderson.



·       Sam Adams, IBM Research

·       Ben Goertzel, Novamente LLC

·       Itamar Arel, University of Tennessee

·       Jun Zhang, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

·       Joscha Bach, Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabruck, Germany

·       Stan Franklin, University of Memphis

·       Matthias Scheutz, Indiana University

·       J. Storrs Hall, Foresight Institute

·       Alexei Samsonovich, George Mason University

·       Matt Schlesinger, Southern Illinois University

·       John Sowa, Vivomind Intelligence, Inc.

·       Stuart C. Shapiro, University at Buffalo

·       Rod Furlan, Singularity Institute


Student Participants

·       Robert Coop, Machine Intelligence Lab, University of Tennessee

·       George Kachergis, Indiana University



Last update: October 19, 2009