Human-like AI and the Sentient WebDownload PDF

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Keywords: AI, knowledge graph, Web, cognitive science
TL;DR: General purpose human-like AI will enable the Sentient Web, subsuming the IoT and Semantic Web ushering in a brave new world
Abstract: Human-like general purpose AI will dramatically change how we work, how we communicate, and how we see and understand ourselves. It is key to the prosperity of post-industrial societies as human populations shrink to a sustainable level. It will further enable us to safely exploit the resources of the solar system given the extremely harsh environment of outer space. The Sentient Web can be defined as a federation of cognitive agents distributed across the Web with perception, reasoning and action, and inspired by functional models of the human brain. The Sentient Web will subsume the IoT, Web of Things and the Semantic Web. We can look forward to an evolution of Web search to become smarter and more personal. Human-like AI will also feature in the Web ‘verse as distributed AR/VR that provides places to meet, to play, to learn, to do business and so much more. The Web ‘verse will be populated with avatars for both humans and cognitive agents.
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