Instead of an AGI Textbook

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Tue Mar 25 2008 - 17:46:24 MDT

Hi all,

A lot of students email me asking me what to read to get up to speed on AGI.

So I started a wiki page called "Instead of an AGI Textbook",

Unfortunately I did not yet find time to do much but outline a table
of contents there.

So I'm hoping some of you can chip in and fill in some relevant
hyperlinks on the pages
I've created ;-)

For those of you too lazy to click the above link, here is the
introductory note I put on the wiki page:


I've often lamented the fact that there is no advanced undergrad level
textbook for AGI, analogous to what Russell and Norvig is for Narrow

Unfortunately, I don't have time to write such a textbook, and no one
else with the requisite knowledge and ability seems to have the time
and inclination either.

So, instead of a textbook, I thought it would make sense to outline
here what the table of contents of such a textbook might look like,
and to fill in each section within each chapter in this TOC with a few
links to available online resources dealing with the topic of the

However, all I found time to do today (March 25, 2008) is make the
TOC. Maybe later I will fill in the links on each section's page, or
maybe by the time I get around it some other folks will have done it.

While nowhere near as good as a textbook, I do think this can be a
valuable resource for those wanting to get up to speed on AGI concepts
and not knowing where to turn to get started. There are some available
AGI bibliographies, but a structured bibliography like this can
probably be more useful than an unstructured and heterogeneous one.

Naturally my initial TOC represents some of my own biases, but I trust
that by having others help edit it, these biases will ultimately "come
out in the wash.

Just to be clear: the idea here is not to present solely AGI material.
Rather the idea is to present material that I think students would do
well to know, if they want to work on AGI. This includes some AGI,
some narrow AI, some psychology, some neuroscience, some mathematics,


-- Ben

Ben Goertzel, PhD
CEO, Novamente LLC and Biomind LLC
Director of Research, SIAI
"If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they
will surely become worms."
-- Henry Miller

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