Davos - Lab42 in the Greater Zurich Area is seeking to create the next generation of algorithms with human-level intelligence capable of solving problems for which - so far - no solution has been found. It will target the world’s leading experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence to take part in the ARC-2 Challenge, which is set to launch in the near future.

The aim of the innovative Lab42 in Davos is to decode the mechanisms underlying human intelligence and to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the benefit of mankind. The starting point for this venture is rooted in the fact that modern systems are able to “master any rule-based task far better than humans can, but they fail when encountering unforeseen, completely novel situations”, explains the Swiss AI pioneer and founder of Lab42, Pascal Kaufmann, in a press release. He presented Lab42 at this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF).

Kaufmann is also the originator of the challenge known as Abstraction and Reasoning Corpus 2 (ARC-2) launched by Lab42. Those interested in taking part can register until July 1. The challenge encourages AI enthusiasts to develop a program that not only displays skills, but also has the requisite intelligence to create new capabilities. According to the press release, thousands of new tasks have been created by people from all over the world in an interactive manner. “Lab42 shall be the epicenter for a new understanding of intelligence”, comments Philipp Wilhelm, Mayor of Davos.

Lab42 introduced Peter G. Kirchschläger at the WEF as Head of the Ethics Advisory Board. The professor of theological ethics at the University of Lucerne praised Lab42 for setting up an independent advisory board and an internal ethics team: “Bringing together ethicists and programmers in a collaborative model is exemplary and necessary”, he concludes.

“We are ready”, confirms Simi Singh, one of the youngest entrepreneurs in Switzerland and a driving force behind Lab42, before adding: “We are very comfortable with AI and with interacting with robots. It’s part of the progress of humanity. AI can lead us into a new golden age”.

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