- 1966: Born to Carol and Ted
Goertzel, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 1968: Moved to Eugene, Oregon (an
excellent, hippy-ful place, at that time)
- 1973: Moved to suburban South
- 1982: Left high school after the
10'th grade to start university at Simon's Rock College
(an outstanding institution that I highly recommend to all bright high
school age people). This is where in 1984 I met my future wife Gwen
- 1985: Graduated Simon's Rock in
mathematics, then lived in New York City for a while, attending
graduate school in applied math at NYU's Courant Institute, and in my
spare time beginning to do serious research in cognitive science and AI
- 1987: Moved to Philadelphia and
attended graduate school in mathematics at Temple University. Got
married. Started playing the piano and writing lots of weird fiction,
in parallel with doing cognitive science and AI research and trying to
unify physics and other fun stuff.
- 1989: Received my PhD in math
from Temple University, moved to Las Vegas to take my first real job,
as a math professor at UNLV. Late in 1989, Gwen's and my first son,
Zarathustra Amadeus, was born.
- 1993: Birth of our second son,
Zebulon Ulysses. And we moved to New Zealand, where I lectured in the
Computer Science department at Waikato University, and we toured around
a lot. This was also the year my first two books came out, The
Structure of Intelligence and The Evolving Mind, though
they were written a while before. Chaotic Logic came out the
year after that.
- 1995: Moved to Perth, Western
Australia, where I had a research fellowship in Cognitive Science at
the University of Western Australia. Wonderful place! Of all the places
I've lived, I'd rate Perth by far the best. Would be great to move back
there one day.
- 1997: Got the crazy idea to leave
academia and start a software company, and relocated to New York City
to launch Intelligenesis Corp. (later known as Webmind Inc.), a company
with the mission of creating a truly intelligent AI system and making
money along the way by productizing its components. In early 1997, Gwen
and I had our first girl, Scheherazade Okilani Nastasya. My book From
Complexity to Creativity, written in Australia and NZ, finally
came out in 97. Also, I taught at the College of Staten Island, part of
the CUNY system, during 1997-98 while Intelligenesis was getting off
- 2001: Webmind/Intelligenesis shut
its doors, reducing my paper millions to zero. Around the same time, Creating
Internet Intelligence was published -- ironic since that book,
with its Global Brain focus, summarized a lot of the vision that had
gone into founding Intelligenesis in the first place. Moved to New
Mexico where I had a research professorship in the Computer Science
department of UNM. Lived in Zuzax, in the mountains east of Albuquerque
-- the second best place I've ever lived, after Perth. Founded Novamente LLC, Webmind's
successor; and also Biomind LLC,
a company specifically intended to apply Novamente technology to
- 2002: Relocated to the Washington
DC metro area, because I found a small amount of funding for Biomind
from an investor near there, and he wanted the company based near him.
Shortly after moving to the DC area, Gwen and I split up.
- 2004: Got remarried, to Izabela
During this period, as well as operating Novamente and Biomind as
companies and developing my AI (and other) research projects, I
started putting time into developing AGI as a research community:
organizing the AGI conference series, a few edited volumes, etc.
I also finally finished a novel, Echoes
of the Great Farewell. I published The Hidden Pattern, summarizing a
lot of my "theory of mind" work. And began working on AI for
controlling agents in virtual worlds.
- 2008: In
addition to everything else ... founded the OpenCog open-source AGI software
project. Probabilistic Logic
Networks was published, and I finished a second novel, Edge of the Bleeding Abyss.
- 2009: In
addition to everything else ... became a Visiting Faculty in the Artificial
Brain Lab in Xiamen University in China, and began a project there
using OpenCog to control a humanoid robot