No challenge today is more important than creating Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), with broad capabilities at the human level and ultimately beyond.

OpenCog is an open-source software project aimed at directly confronting the AGI challenge, using mathematical and biological inspiration and professional software engineering techniques.

The OpenCog Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in 2011 as a formal entity to foster research, guide the development of the project, and encourage the adoption of the framework in universities and research centers around the world.

OpenCog is currently being used at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to power the next generation of intelligent game characters. The framework is also being used to control Nao robots at the BLISS lab at Xiamen University, China, to enable them to learn about their environment and communicate more effectively with humans.

OpenCog is an ambitious project with many challenges. We are however confident that our design and software is capable of human preschool-level intelligence after years — not decades — of sustained effort along our roadmap.  After that, progress will become increasingly rapid.

See our research page for more information on the technical and conceptual basis of OpenCog.

OpenCog controlled Nao robot

OpenCog-controlled Nao robot, accompanied by OpenCog project leader Dr. Ben Goertzel and several student OpenCog developers.


The OpenCog project itself was founded in 2008, via a grant from the Singularity Institute for AI, and the donation from Novamente LLC of a large body of software code and software designs developed during the period 2001-2007.   Financial assistance from Jeffrey Epstein‘s organization, the Jeffrey Epstein Foundation, has also been invaluable.

While the OpenCog Foundation’s application for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status is pending, tax-deductible donations for OpenCog may be made via our partner organization Humanity+.