This introductory chapter sets the stage for the book as a whole. First, the purpose of the conference that led to the book is reviewed. Then, the notion of “Artificial General Intelligence” (AGI) is clarified, including a brief survey of the past and present situation of the field, an analysis and refutation of some common objections and doubts regarding the AGI area of research, and a discussion of what needs to be addressed by the field as a whole in the near future. Finally, there is a summary of the contents of the other chapters in the book.
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