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Can a computer be as smart as a 4-year-old ?

Posted on Wednesday, 24 July, 2013 | Comment icon 10 comments

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A new artificial intelligence program has managed to pass a verbal IQ test aimed at young children.

To develop the software, Catherine Havasi and her team at MIT used a crowdsourced database filled with millions of statements that describe the relationships between everyday objects. The system ( known as ConceptNet ) drew upon this information to answer verbal questions such as "what is a house ?" that are common to IQ tests aimed at young children.

Impressively, the AI scored well in the areas of information, vocabulary and word reasoning, earning itself an IQ score in line with that expected of a 4-year-old. While the software was unable to tackle the spatial and symbolic reasoning parts of the test, future iterations may be capable of a far greater capacity for learning, verbal recognition and logic.

"Computers aren't really known for their way with words, but that could be about to change."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Junior Chubb on 24 July, 2013, 12:08
Great, when AI takes over the world we will be at the mercy of a 4 year old... Seriously though, when
Comment icon #2 Posted by sergeantflynn on 24 July, 2013, 17:28
They`re no more "intelligent" than the programmer
Comment icon #3 Posted by Parsec on 24 July, 2013, 23:54
Well, maybe we could be safe buying them a new robot toy! Anyway, I don't consider it "intelligent", since it doesn't know nor understand what it's answering. It's basically a super upgraded answer machine
Comment icon #4 Posted by Ugly1 on 25 July, 2013, 0:22
Hmmm. That is interesting. I wonder if the missing proponent to A.I. and Robotics is the fact that computers haven't been told how to lie yet. If you could teach a computer program to lie, that may be the key to A.I. actually grabbing a foothold. A.I. at this stage doesn't have the programming of contemplating personal gain by pushing forth a lie. I wonder if you could program this into a computer, if it would ever start to act independently. What if you made a program where you have a computer program or algorithm that would allow for random lies to be generated. If said lie was t... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Sundew on 25 July, 2013, 3:00
Well, I would guess they may never become self aware, however there have been many things once held as sci-fi that have come to pass, so who can say? Also machines and robots can learn if programmed to do so. Sorting data is one thing, a "mind" is another. I read somewhere the average intelligence of a chimpanzee is about equivalent to a three-year old human, so we have now possibly surpassed that. And it won't tear your arm off (yet...)!
Comment icon #6 Posted by stevemagegod on 25 July, 2013, 3:10
Very true.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Science Geek on 25 July, 2013, 4:54
Look, computers can't imagine or predict by its own. Computers can't grow unless we feed them with codes and orders.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Junior Chubb on 25 July, 2013, 8:39
This is the issue for me, human actions are controlled by our wants and needs. Machines do not have wants, you could argue they have needs (powers supply maybe but this does not hold weight for me). Without these desires a machine will do nothing more than what it is told, even if those commands are 'lying' the machine has no concept of lying, it is just following its instructions... Don't worry about being out of your depth, I have been drowning on here for years.
Comment icon #9 Posted by lightly on 25 July, 2013, 11:31
No. To be smart , one has to think... computers don't.
Comment icon #10 Posted by backwoods_ninja on 1 August, 2013, 11:32
though to be honest as a stroke victim I'm more interested in brain neural interfaces and cybernetics than AI

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