Artificial Intelligence System "ConceptNet 4" Has IQ of 4-Year-Old
July 16, 2013 8:32 AM
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Enduring an IQ test for children showed that it lacked commonsense
system proved to have the intellect of a four-year-old after undergoing tests specialized for young children.
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago -- led by Robert Sloan, professor and head of computer science at UIC -- put MIT artificial intelligence unit ConceptNet 4 to the test and found its scores to be very revealing about the strong and weak spots of AI today.
ConceptNet 4 was given the Weschsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence Test, which is an IQ test for youngsters. The results showed that ConceptNet 4 had the IQ of a four-year-old.
More specifically, ConceptNet 4 had very uneven scores across the board, which would typically concern those who administer the test. The AI system did well on vocabulary tests and the ability to recognize similarities, but lacked when it came to "why" -- or commonsense -- questions.
The team concluded that commonsense is where
AI researchers need to focus
. For instance, ConceptNet 4 may know a fact about something, but doesn't have commonsense to know what it feels like or how it will react in certain situations.
"All of us know a huge number of things," said Sloan. "As babies, we crawled around and yanked on things and learned that things fall. We yanked on other things and learned that dogs and cats don't appreciate having their tails pulled.
"We're still very far from programs with commonsense-AI that can answer comprehension questions with the skill of a child of 8."
This study will be presented July 17 at the U.S. Artificial Intelligence Conference in Bellevue, Washington.
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7/16/2013 9:47:03 AM
I think the people who wrote this original story don't have a very good grasp of what AI is. Yes, someone has written an AI agent that can perform on par with a 4-year-old on a specific test but that doesn't mean that it will perform similarly in any other circumstance. That implies that this team has created a "strong AI" which is a hypothetical type of AI with the ability to execute general tasks on par or better than a human and that is simply not the case here. This AI was designed for one purpose and isn't as revolutionary as the authors of the news article seem to believe.
Yes, it's cool. But it's not very practical and not beyond what others have done in AI recently.
7/16/2013 12:09:06 PM
I agree. It may depend on how you interpret the A in AI, but to me if it's deterministic then it's not AI. Some argue that as long as you can't tell that it's deterministic then it's good enough, "perception is reality."
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