I'm Ben Goertzel. This is my initial joining post....
I'm a math PhD originally, spent 8 years as an academic in math, CS and
psych departments. Have been in the software industry for the last 5 years.
My primary research is in Artificial General Intelligence (see
www.realai.net) -- my friends and I are building a genuinely intelligent
software program, a multi-year project that's been going on for some time.
Am also working in bioinformatics, analyzing gene expression data....
Before building a thinking machine became an almost all-consuming obsession,
I spent some time trying to create a unified physics theory. It was to be a
discrete theory based on the discrete Clifford algebra & the Cayley algebra.
I'm also interested in the physics applications of the notion of mind
creating reality while reality creates mind (John Wheeler and all that...).
I studied quantum gravity, chromodynamics, string theory and lots of other
fun stuff in the late 80's and early 90's, but haven't really kept current
with technical physics, and all that stuff is pretty rusty for me now, but I
still find it fascinating...