The AGI Sentinel Initiative (2017-2020)


Artificial General Intelligence Sentinel Initiative (AGISI) researchers worked from 2017 to 2020 on providing factual research to help decision makers reach important conclusions towards building and implementing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.

As an independent research organization, AGISI was dedicated to working on the awareness and oversight of the transformative impact of AI.

AGISI was founded on May 13th 2017 by C. W. P. Lewis and D. Monett to advance research in order to ensure the goal of AI will benefit humanity. The research project ended three years later and produced several results along those years and beyond.

The research showed a major gap exists in AI development, the lack of understanding of intelligence and how to measure it. This lack of understanding of intelligence, and a clear definition and goal of AI research poses short and long-term risks for society. The work sought a wide-ranging impact by unifying the goal of AI development based on closing social and economic divides.

Initial research priorities were:

  1. Undertake research on defining the goal of AI.
  2. Provide training programs on Intelligence.
  3. Build risk/benefit analysis tools to understand social and economic impacts of AI.
  4. Provide recommendations on safety nets in the event of massive unemployment.
  5. Build risk analysis tools to help understand the safety implications of AI developments.

The working mandate was to help ensure that AI is built to complement and enhance human intelligence, and the ultimate goal, through the building blocks of AGISI's research, was to help better understand human intelligence. Understanding intelligence brings significant benefits to humanity. To achieve AGISI's goals, its researchers were committed to:

  1. Bring together researchers from multiple disciplines (e.g. AI, Neuroscience, Psychology and Cognitive Science as well as other domains).
  2. Foster alignment on the goals of AI developers.
  3. Analyze, understand, and develop research policies on the impacts of AI.
  4. Monitor and research the latest developments in understanding human intelligence.
  5. Build risk analysis tools to help understand the significance of AI developments.

AGISI existed to solve problems, generate impact, and improve the wellbeing of humanity.

Community was member of the CLAIRE Research Network. Its researchers are also individual supporters of CLAIRE.

CLAIRE (Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe) is an European AI community that seeks to strengthen European excellence in AI research and innovation.

Furthermore, AGISI maintained a close collaboration with the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin).

HWR Computer Science students had the opportunity to work in some of AGISI's research topics as part of their student research projects and course projects.