Open-ended Intelligence: On the individuation of Intelligence

David Weinbaum, Viktoras Veitas

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Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is a field of research aiming to distill the principles of intelligence that operate independently of a specific problem domain or a predefined context and utilize these
principles in order to synthesize systems capable of performing any intellectual task a human being is capable of and eventually go beyond
that. We offer here a novel theoretical approach to general intelligence.
Starting with a brief introduction of the current conceptual approach to
AGI, our critique exposes a number of limitations that are traced back
to the ontological roots of the concept of intelligence. We then propose
a paradigm shift from intelligence perceived as a competence of individual agents defined in relation to an a priori given problem domain or a goal, to intelligence perceived as a formative process of self-organization by which intelligent agents are individuated. We call this process Open-ended intelligence. This paradigmatic shift significantly extends the concept of intelligence beyond its current definitions and overcomes the difficulties exposed in the critique. Open-ended intelligence is developed as an abstraction of the process of cognitive development so its application can be extended to general agents and systems. We introduce and discuss three facets of the idea: the philosophical concept of individuation, sense-making – the bringing forth of a world of objects and relations, and the individuation of general cognitive agents in the light of the enactive approach to cognition and assemblage theory. We further show how open-ended intelligence can be framed in terms of a distributed, self-organizing network of interacting elements and how such a process is scalable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 9782
Subtitle of host publicationSubseries of Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Place of PublicationSwizerland
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-41649-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-41648-9
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2016
EventThe Ninth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence - New School, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York, United States
Duration: 16 Jul 201619 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence


ConferenceThe Ninth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence
Abbreviated titleAGI-16
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York
Internet address


  • intelligence
  • cognition
  • individuation
  • assemblage
  • self-organization
  • sense-making
  • coordination
  • enaction
  • fluid-identity


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