Artificial Intelligence is both an amazing and scary emerging technology. On the one hand it is an amazing feat to create something that mimics our own minds so closely. However if at one point this technology reaches our own level of intelligence, then we should be worried about it being implemented in dangerous ways. Putting this type of intelligence into androids for example could lead to an ethical dilemma as depicted in the movie Ex Machina.
Sadly Artificial Intelligence today is not nearly as advanced as depicted in science fiction. An AI machine developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was recently given an IQ test to see how it can handle simple questions. This IQ test was originally designed for four year olds, and includes a series of simple questions.
The biggest problem the AI encounters are questions with inherent meaning or intent. For example, when asked “why do people shake hands?” it interpreted the question as asking “what is the reason people’s hands shake?”. As a result, it decided that people shake hands because they are having an epileptic fit. As you can imagine, the AI scored poorly on the comprehension questions.
Another category it did poor in is the word reasoning section. When given the clues “This animal has a mane if it is male, it lives in Africa, and it is a yellowish-brown cat,” its five most common answers were “dog,” “cat,” “home,” “creature,” and “farm.” Clearly the AI had problems simply interpreting the answers it should give because many of the answers are nonsensical.
Clearly the AI needs improvements in interpreting language, but showing that it can compete with any level of human intelligence is fascinating to me. Overall it was concluded that the AI was as equally intelligent as a four year old. It is predicted that AI will begin to improve rapidly in the next 5 years.
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