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Pathways to Artificial General Intelligence

Call for 1,000 Word Chapter Submissions
Deadline for submission of chapters: September 15th, 2020
Target Publication Date: March 1st, 2021
Processing fees may apply (see below).
The Future of AI – Pathways to Artificial General Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly attracting the attention of government policy makers, investors, business leaders, the media, civil society organizations, and citizens. There is a growing understanding of the power and potential of AI applications across every domain of human activity. This is accompanied by a gradual realization that we could see the emergence of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) faster than previously imagined. This book is designed to explore:

  • The underlying developments that could drive AI forward and facilitate the journey from today’s AI to AGI and beyond
  • What the scenarios might look like for the transition from what is happening today to AGI
  • The resulting applications, societal implications, ethical choices, economic disruptions, and governance challenges that might emerge, and
  • The preparatory actions required to ensure that the progression – from today’s AI to AGI and beyond – is harnessed in service of humanity.

The Future of AI – Pathways to Artificial General Intelligence is intended to be of interest to a broad audience ranging from  decision makers in government, business, the investment community, media, education, and civil society through to researchers, practitioners, analysts, and commentators working in different fields of AI.

The Future of AI – Pathways to Artificial General Intelligence: Core Themes

Core themes and topics to be addressed in the book will include:

Capability, Applications, and Impacts

  • How might the capabilities of AI systems evolve in the years ahead?
  • What can we anticipate about the potential evolution from today’s AI to AGI and beyond, in which software systems will match or exceed human cognitive abilities in every domain of thought?
  • What are the possible scenarios for the emergence of significantly more powerful AI that deserve the most attention?
  • What new economic concepts, business models, and intellectual property ownership frameworks might be enabled and required as a result of advances that help us transition from today’s AI to AGI?

Pathways to AGI

  • What incremental steps might help drive practical commercial and humanitarian AI applications in the direction of AGI?
  • What practical ideas and experiences can be derived from real-world applications of technologies like transfer learning, unsupervised and reinforcement learning, and lifelong learning?
  • What are the opportunities and potential for “narrow AGI” applications that bring increasing levels of AGI to bear within specific vertical markets and application areas?

Societal Readiness

  • How can we raise society-wide awareness and understanding of the underlying technologies and their capabilities?
  • How can governments, businesses, educators, civil society organizations, and individuals prepare for the range of possible impacts and implications?
  • What other actions might be taken by individuals, by local groups, by individual countries, by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), by businesses, and by international institutions, to help ensure positive outcomes with advanced AI? How might we reach agreement on what constitutes a positive societal outcome in the context of AI and AGI?

Governance

  • How might societal ethical frameworks need to evolve to cope with the new challenges and opportunities that AGI is likely to bring?
  • What preparations can be made, at the present time, for the introduction and updating of legal and political systems to govern the development and deployment of AGI?
Call for 1,000 Word Chapters

We are inviting chapter submissions of up 1,000 words for The Future of AI – Pathways to Artificial General Intelligence (TFAItitle subject to change) from researchers, practitioners, analysts, commentators, policy makers, investors, futurists, economists, and writers from around the world. Submissions should tackle one or more of the above themes or related topics which the contributor feels would help advance understanding and debate around the evolution from today’s AI to AGI and beyond.

The Future of AI – Pathways to Artificial General Intelligence will be jointly edited and promoted by:

Rohit Talwar – Global Futurist Specialising in AI Impacts and CEO of Fast Future
Ben Goertzel – Chair of the Artificial General Intelligence Society and CEO SingularityNET
David Wood – AI Commentator and Consultant and Chair of London Futurists

The book will be published by Fast Future Publishing with an accompanying virtual launch event on March 1st, 2021 (World Future Day, 2021).

The timetable for the publication of TFAI is as follows:

  • Launch of call for chapter submissions: July 15th, 2020.
  • Deadline for submission of completed first drafts: September 15th, 2020.
  • Deadline for submission of revised final drafts: October 15th, 2020.
  • Finalization of manuscript and release for printing: January 2021.
  • Public launch of the book via an all day online event, March 1st, 2021 (World Future Day 2021).
Submitting a 1,000 Word Chapter

The editors are accepting chapter submissions for TFAI until September 15th, 2020. We are keen to hear from new and established thinkers in the field alike. Preference will be given to those who have both the strongest and clearest chapter and the most energy to support the promotion of the book to a global audience.

The editors believe this book is vital in helping to bridge the awareness and understanding gap around the future of AI. However, in the current economic environment, it is impossible to assess the likely sales volume. Hence, to cover the costs of developing the book and driving a global marketing campaign which will promote the individual authors, we are asking contributors to help cover the associated costs as outlined below.

There is a non-refundable editorial processing fee of US$100(+VAT for UK residents), plus a further publication fee of US$150 (+VAT for UK residents) for those contributions that are accepted for publication. Once an author has been accepted for publication, this US$150 (+VAT for UK residents) fee also becomes non-refundable. To minimize administration time and costs, all those submitting a chapter must pay the combined fee of US$250 (+VAT for UK residents), on chapter submission. The fee must be paid before a chapter can be reviewed. Those not accepted for publication will be given a refund of US$150 (+VAT for UK residents).

The US$100(+VAT for UK residents) editorial fee covers detailed editorial review and feedback, editorial refinements to the text, and author correspondence. The US$150 (+VAT for UK residents) publication fee includes a contribution to the costs of copy editing, proof reading, typesetting, printing, and promotion of the book. The promotion will include extensive marketing of the selected contributors and their chapters. Each contributor accepted for publication will also receive ten printed copies of the book.

Fee Payment Waiver. We understand that some people’s financial circumstances don’t permit payment. If that is the case, please submit your chapter online and then email tfai@fastfuture.com with a brief explanation of why you are applying for a payment waiver. Those in receipt of the payment waiver will receive one free print copy of the book.

Chapter Structure
  • Chapters should be up to 1,000 words in length and require minimal editing.
  • Write for a generalist audience – assume no prior detailed knowledge of the topic.
  • Make clear whether the chapter is based on research, emerging thinking, or is presenting a more speculative vision of the future – all are equally acceptable.
  • No more than five references – presented as chapter endnotes.
  • Chapters should be written in American English to Oxford University Press (OUP) standards.
Guidelines for Contributors
  • Please use the link below to submit a chapter. Please be prepared to submit your fee of US$250 (+VAT for UK residents), full bio, headshot image, and marketing ideas with your chapter.
  • Chapters cannot promote products or services. Authors can re-publish their contributions six months after publication. Please keep in mind the book is aimed at a general non-specialist audience.
  • The book will consist of original submissions and will not include content that has been previously published elsewhere.
  • The authors whose chapters are accepted must commit to playing an active and regular role in promoting the book to their networks and contact base before and after publication.
  • Fast Future publishes original content and is unable to accept content that has been previously published elsewhere. We do not publish case studies or research reports, although chapters may refer to and comment on research findings.  Chapter references should be presented in endnote format.  All submissions should observe Oxford University Press conventions
Contributor Benefits

Participation in this book will give new and established authors the opportunity to be profiled to a global audience.

  • The book will be marketed directly by the publishers and promoters to over ten million contacts around the world, via the Fast Future and London Futurists newsletters, and to the networks of each contributor.
  • Each contributor will be profiled both in the book and on several high-profile websites.
  • The accompanying PR and social media campaign will focus on highlighting each of the topics and contributors in the book – driving the potential for media coverage for individual authors.
  • Accepted contributors will receive twenty free electronic copies for promotional purposes.
  • Contributors can purchase additional copies of the book for their own use and resale at a 50% discount on the cover price.
  • Everyone submitting a chapter for consideration will receive a two-year subscription or subscription extension to the FutureScapes newsletter (normally US$149).
Contributor Commitments

The effective development and publication of this book relies on the commitment of the contributing authors and we ask that:

  1. Those submitting a chapter agree to pay the relevant fees as outlined in ‘Submitting a 1,000 Word Chapter’ above (see payment information below) on submission of their chapter. In return, the submitter will receive full feedback on their chapter. Those accepted for publication will receive ten copies of the book on publication.
  2. The Contributor hereby grants and assigns to Fast Future Publishing Ltd (The Publisher), the sole and exclusive right to print, publish, and sell the Contributor’s submitted chapter in full or shortened versions in any language, in printed and digital form in any country or territory.
  3. The Contributor or joint contributors is /are the sole originator(s) and proprietor(s) of the chapter; that the content has not previously been published in any form.
  4. Copyright of the content, if not already registered, shall be held and retained by the Contributor.
  5. The Contributor warrants to the Publisher that the work does not violate the right of privacy of any person; that it contains no unlawful matter; and that it does not infringe upon the copyright or violate any other right of any person or party. The Contributor accepts full liability for any legal claims that might arise regarding any matter that may arise as a result of their chapter and indemnifies the Publisher against any and all legal claims that may arise in relation to their chapter.
  6. The Contributor agrees to deliver draft and final versions of their chapter, in digital format (Word 2013 or later versions) to Fast Future, on or before the agreed due dates.
  7. The Publisher reserves the right to make reasonable editorial changes or deletions to the submitted chapter to ensure quality and consistency in the final consolidated work.
  8. The Publisher shall have the right to use, and to license others to use, the Contributor’s name, image, likeness, and biographical material for advertising, promotion, and marketing of the work.
Contributor Agreement

Please note that submission of a chapter for inclusion in the book shall be taken as the Contributor’s agreement to the Contributor Commitments as listed above. Submission is no guarantee of inclusion.

Submitting Your Proposal

To help ensure the success of the book, we would like all the contributing authors to play a full role in promoting the book. The proposal submission form includes compulsory questions on the following:

  • Your personal details, shipping address for the books, social media links, your full profile as you want it to appear on the book website (max 200 words), and a short profile to appear in the book (Max 50 words)
  • Chapter title (max 10 words)
  • A one sentence chapter summary and a synopsis of up to 50 words to be used in promotion of the book
  • An opening question that the chapter addresses, which will also be used in social media promotion
  • The completed chapter (max 1,000 words)
  • Three standalone questions that will be used at the end of the chapter and to promote the chapter via social media
  • The size and reach of your personal networks and marketing channels
  • Which publications, other networks, channels, and bloggers you think we should approach to help raise awareness of the book
  • Additional specific actions you will take to help promote the book
  • Additional actions you think we should be taking to raise awareness and promote the book.
Paying Your Editorial Processing Fee and Publication Fee

The editorial processing fee of US$100 (+VAT for UK residents) and the publication fee of US$150 (+VAT for UK residents) (US$250 in total) must be paid before chapter submissions can be reviewed by the editors. The publication fee will be refunded to those whose chapters are not accepted.

Pay your processing fees here: https://fastfuture.com/shop/the-future-of-ai-editorial-processing-fee/
About Rohit Talwar and Fast Future

Rohit Talwar is a global futurist, author, and CEO of Fast Future – delivering keynote speeches, public webinars, research, consultancy, and publishing services. Fast Future publishes books that share the thinking of leading future thinkers around the world, exploring critical developments shaping the way we might live, work, and play. Our books are wide ranging and explore the possible impacts of new ideas, disruptive thinking, and exponential technologies such as AI. We examine how such developments could reshape our underlying assumptions, paradigms, and governing systems and the resulting impact for individuals, societies, businesses, economies, governments, and the sectors of the future.

Fast Future has a particular focus on ensuring these advances are harnessed to unleash individual potential and enable a very human future.  Previous titles by Fast Future include: The Future of Business; Beyond Genuine Stupidity – Ensuring AI Serves Humanity; The Future Reinvented – Reimagining Life, Society, and BusinessA Very Human Future – Enriching Humanity in a Digitized World; and Opportunity at the Edge – Change, Challenge, and Transformation on the Path to 2025; and Aftershocks and Opportunities – Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future – published on June 1st, 2020.

About Ben Goertzel and SingularityNET

Ben’s main focus is on creating benevolent decentralized AGI through the SingularityNET project, which brings AI and blockchain together to create a decentralized open market for AIs. The platform is a medium for the creation and emergence of AGI, a way to roll out superior AI-as-a-service to every vertical market, and a way to enable everyone in the world contribute to and benefit from AI.

Ben’s passions are numerous, including AGI, life extension biology, philosophy of mind, psi, consciousness, complex systems, improvisational music, experimental fiction, theoretical physics, and metaphysics. Ben is also the chairman of the OpenCog Foundation, Chief Scientist for Mozi Health, Vice Chairman of Humanity+, and an Adjunct Research Professor at Xiamen University.

For general links to Ben’s various pursuits present and past, visit http://goertzel.org

About David Wood and London Futurists

David Wood (deltawisdom.com) spent 25 years at the heart of the mobile computing and smartphone industry, co-founding Symbian in 1998, and supervising teams that wrote significant parts of the operating system in the world’s first successful smartphones. He is now an independent futurist, consultant, writer, and speaker at Delta Wisdom. He is the author or lead editor of nine books, including RAFT 2035, Smartphones and Beyond, The Abolition of Aging, Sustainable Superabundance, and Transcending Politics.

As Chair of London Futurists, David has hosted over 200 public meetups from 2008 to the present, to explore radical futurist and technoprogressive scenarios. David serves on the board of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) and was previously Secretary of Humanity+, the international transhumanist association. David’s academic background at the University of Cambridge includes four years studying mathematics and four more studying the philosophy of science.

Submit a chapter here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LBZCFP6

Pay your processing fees here:  https://fastfuture.com/shop/the-future-of-ai-editorial-processing-fee/

 

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