Cisco Systems Inc. announced this morning that SingularityNET’s blockchain-based platform will host its decentralized Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) project.

AGI differs from standard AI in that it focuses on more intellectual tasks instead of automating menial tasks. So rather than just teaching a computer to identify certain words on a page, for example, an AGI system could string together sentences and write a novel.

Dr. Ben Goertzel, the chief executive officer of SingularityNET, said in a press release that Cisco and SingularityNET see the potential in building AGI together.

“The scale of the AGI deployments needed by a partner like Cisco is going to be tremendous, and we are working hard to make sure our AGI tools and our blockchain-based platform is up to the task,” he said. “This benefit may initially take the form of a generation of ‘Narrow AGI’ systems that infuse general intelligence into products in specific vertical markets like, say, advertising, medical research, computer networking or financial analytic.”

Goertzel further explained that Cisco’s place in the world’s technology landscape is what they needed to kickstart that goal.

“To really build a global decentralized thinking machine we are going to need to put a lot of complicated ingredients together, and the collaboration between Cisco and SingularityNET has the potential to accelerate things tremendously,” Goertzel said.

SingularityNET founders Cassio Pennachin and Goertzel coined the term Artificial General Intelligence in 2005. Cisco completed the acquisition of Singularity Networks back in February.