Researchers Test AI That Has IQ of a Four Year Old
The Terminator franchise pretty much scared everybody of what could happen if we start tinkering too much with artificial intelligence.
Apparently, humans are stubborn, and such plausible suppositions don’t prevent them from poking around out of curiosity. Lately, a team of researchers from University of Illinois at Chicago and an AI research group in Hungary decided to use the 2012 version of MIT’s open source ConceptNet AI system.
They used this system to take a standardized IQ test, and the results showed that ConceptNet has the intelligence of a 4 year old. The test standard used was the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-III) test. It generally tends to estimate the cognitive capability of children and to benchmark their ability to understand and interpret language, as well as process relevant responses.
When use on ConceptNet, the AI showed similar problems with children of 4 years, especially in language interpretation. In one example, it took the reference to the tool, a saw, as the past tense of the verb ‘see’. When asked what someone would use a saw for, its response was “an eye is used to see.”
Of course, no one had Siri and Cortana back in 2012, which have seen profoundly improved language understanding abilities. MIT’s Technology Review had the following to say about this test:
“Taking [these results] at face value, it’s taken 60 years of AI research to build a machine in 2012 that can come anywhere close to matching the common sense reasoning of a four-year old. But the nature of exponential improvements raises the prospect that the next six years might produce similarly dramatic improvements. So a question that we ought to be considering with urgency is: what kind of AI machine might we be grappling with in 2018?”
So, it seems we’re pretty safe from any AI threat till 2018. That’s a good 3 years from now, so hopefully you’ll have time to build a bunker and stack it with some AI resistance equipment.