It seems to me that there are SO many groups of people that are pushing the whole Ai agenda. One in particular is starting in October.
Developmental AI is a new branch of AI that aims to program a minimal initial system able to develop its intelligence by itself. If implemented in a robot, it will initially behave like a newborn baby, then it will become increasingly intelligent as it interacts with the world.
By grounding the system’s knowledge in the system’s individual experience, developmental AI addresses fundamental questions of cognition such as autonomous sense-making, individual choices, creativity, and free will. [source]