Computers are good at a lot of things. Thinking like a grown-up human being is not one of them. Not yet, at least.
A team of researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago recently set out to discover just how advanced our artificially intelligent computers have become. Like they'd do with any food-eating human, they gave the computer an IQ test. The machine in question, a ConceptNet 4 artificial intelligence system developed by a bunch of eggheads at MIT, took the Weschsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence Test, a standard IQ test for children, and scored about as high as a four-year-old would have. It turns out that while it did well on questions with cut-and-dry answers, the computer had a lot of trouble with the ""why"" questions.Oh and there was one other thing. ""If a child had scores that varied this much,"" said Robert Sloan, lead author on the study, ""it might be a symptom that something was wrong.""
So computers are bad at meaning and potentially developmentally disabled. We already knew that. They're computers! This should be a good thing for all you future-fearing humanists out there. Now that we've got smartwatches
However, it's not hard to trick ourselves into believing computers are smarter than that. Last year, a study from the University of Gotheberg took a limited IQ test and scored a 150, a score so high it beats 96 percent of humans. The key word in that accomplishment is ""limited"" as the computer took a exam that lacked all verbal tests and therefore made it very computer friendly. (Pro tip: Computers are really good with numbers
For the brave new breed of A.I. computers, it's a start. This year, they've produced a computer with the IQ of a four-year-old. Next year, they're probably shooting for five. At this rate, we'll be sending this box off to college in a little less than two decades! [Science Daily]
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