Cisco, SingularityNET Collaborate to Decentralize AI via Blockchain


SingularityNET and Cisco are on a mission to make human-like ‘Artificial General Intelligence’ real

 Networking giant Cisco Systems has selected SingularityNET’s blockchain-based platform for hosting its decentralized Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) project.

Unlike standard AI, AGI focuses on more intellectual tasks instead of automating menial tasks. For example, rather than just teaching a computer to identify certain words on a page, an AGI system could string together sentences and write a novel.

SingularityNET is a startup that labels itself as a “decentralized artificial intelligence” company. Its blockchain-based platform democratizes AI by decentralizing its source and by preventing any single force or player from hoarding computers’ capacity to learn.

SingularityNET CEO Dr. Ben Goertzel said in a press release that Cisco and SingularityNET see the potential in building AGI together.

“The scale of the AGI deployments needed by a partner like Cisco is going to be tremendous, and we are working hard to make sure our AGI tools and our blockchain-based platform is up to the task,” he stated.

Early applications

Dr. Ben Goertzel said that initial deployments of AGI may take the form of “Narrow AGI” systems that combine the tech into verticalized markets like advertising, medical research, computer networking and financial analytics.

Strong partnership

Goertzel further explained that Cisco’s place in the world’s technology landscape is what they needed to kickstart that goal.

“To really build a global decentralized thinking machine we are going to need to put a lot of complicated ingredients together, and the collaboration between Cisco and SingularityNET has the potential to accelerate things tremendously,” Goertzel said.

SingularityNET founders Cassio Pennachin and Goertzel coined the term Artificial General Intelligence in 2005. Cisco completed the acquisition of Singularity Networks back in February.