Interview with Shristi Baral, Program Co-coordinator  of  AGI

AGI: Doom or Boon for Homo sapiens?

  1. What is the CSIT Association of Nepal?

CSIT Association of Nepal (CSITAN) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political, social organization established in 2011 by the young and energetic students from different colleges, persuading their career in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology (B.Sc. CSIT) course.

The primary purpose of establishing CSITAN is to act as a bridge between the faculty, students and IT industries in Nepal. CSITAN is working for ICT development and exploration in Nepal.

2.   What is AGI?

Hmm, it stands for Artificial General Intelligence and is a machine that can perform any intellectual task that a human being can. It is one of the specific branches of the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

3.   What are the objectives of the event?

Well, the primary objective of this event is to get to know the view of youth AI researchers in Nepal regarding AGI or Super AI and to know pros and cons of super AI from their point of view. In simple words, this event shall try to answer the following questions: Should AGI be further developed or be slowed of pace? Will the machines beat humans and suppress us? Or their development will bring us, intelligent servants?

4.   Who are the targeted audiences?

Mainly, we have targeted Computer Science (CS) and CSE students who study AI as their primary subject. And of course, this event is open to all those students who are interested in AI as well as related researches.

5.   Is this the free event or paid?

The event is free for everyone who is interested in attending the event.

6.   Who will be the presenters/speakers?

We have two presenters for the event. First is Mr. Aadesh Neupane who is a researcher/developer currently working on Inspiring lab where research and development of Nepali Natural Language Processing engine are going on, and the next is Mr. Chandan Goopta who is a Research Assistant in KU, also CEO of The Opinion – Nepali Sentiment Analysis Engine.

7.   Why do you think, this program is helpful to the audience?

This is the time the world is divided into two halves: researchers for against AGI. And it is essential for each CS student or even the Layman to know what the pros and cons of AGI are and what the near and far future will look like. Since this topic is a hot cake today, it is necessary for each CS student to be updated about this topic and indeed it will be helpful for them.

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Mina Aryal is a Nepali tech journalist and media expert. She is currently the chief editor of ICT Frame, a leading online tech media outlet in Nepal that covers topics such as technology, business, and entrepreneurship. Aryal has been involved in the field of tech journalism for over a decade and has covered various topics such as internet governance, cybersecurity, e-commerce, and startup ecosystems. She has also been involved in organizing and promoting tech events in Nepal to bring together tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and investors to discuss and collaborate on various topics related to the tech industry. Aryal is considered one of the most influential tech journalists in Nepal and has been recognized for her contributions to the field.