Dr. Ben Goertzel is the CEO and Founder of SingularityNET, a Blockchain-based marketplace for Artificial Intelligence (AI).

He has a PhD in Mathematics and is known as the ‘father of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).’


In this episode, we discuss:

– The basics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)

– The Singularity – popularized by Ray Kurzweil but originating much earlier – in the 1960s

– And most importantly, we explore the intersection of Blockchain and AI, both in today’s environment, as well as in the future



[00:59] – Who is Dr. Ben Goertzel? Introduction and overview

[04:11] – How did Ben get started with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain?

[06:11] – The difference between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)

[09:34] – Machine Learning, Neural Networks, and AI. Clearing up the terminology

[12:43] – What is SingularityNET?

[17:38] – Homomorphic vs. Public Key Encryption

[22:25] –Developing an AI rating system

[22:55] –Ben Goertzel gives an overview of ‘curation markets’

[25:02] – A brief description of SingularityNET’s ‘AGI’ token

[27:02] – Ben discusses the issue of scaling plaguing almost every public Blockchain right now

[32:26] – Of IOTA and BigchainDB

[35:25] – Ben discusses Trent McConaghy’s work

[37:52] – The strategy for launching the SingularityNET network

[40:28] – Sophia, the world’s most emotionally expressive robot

[41:48] – ‘AI-as-a-Service’

[47:42] – Ben discusses the concept of ‘Singularity’

[52:25] – Will the arrival of a Singularity pose an existential threat to mankind?

[55:56] – Some of the other technologies Ben Goertzel believes will change the world

[58:23] – His take on how Blockchain will play a part in the future technology landscape

[1:02:23] – Ben’s take on the state of Bitcoin and Ethereum in 10 years

[1:05:18] – His advice to companies interested in innovating with Blockchain, cryptocurrency, or AI

[1:10:28] – How to get in touch with Ben Goertzel

[1:11:10] – Conclusion



Artificial Intelligence definition

Artificial General Intelligence

Machine Learning

Neural Networks

Deep Neural Networks

David Hanson

Homomorphic Encryption

Public Key Encryption


Curation Markets

The AGI token





Economic Space Agency (Gravity protocol)

Declarative Logic

Swell by Ripple


Criticism of IOTA


Ocean protocol

Trent McConaghy

Fast Function Extractor (FFX)

Genetic Algorithms

The assignment of credit problem in AI

OpenCog Foundation

Hanson Robotics




Novamente LLC

AI as a service

Ray Kurzweil


Vernor Vinge

Irving John (“I. J.”) Good

Icog Labs in Ethiopia

Quantum Computing


Brain computer interfacing (e.g. Elon Musk’s Neuralink)


– Chinese government adopting Blockchain to counter corruption

Logic/Inference Engines

Ant systems



– SingularityNET website

– SingularityNET whitepaper

– Ben Goertzel on Twitter



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