The latest news from MIT is alarming and offers chilling proof that machines are growing even smarter.
An artificial intelligence system called ConceptNet recently took an IQ test designed for children and scored higher than an average four-year-old. After five tests focusing on word reasoning and vocabulary, ConceptNet achieved a total score of 69 while a comparable pre-schooler achieved 50 – and the system is expected to get smarter….very quickly. AI is expected to undergo exponential growth.
ConceptNet is an open-source project run by the MIT Common Sense Computing Initiative. The team’s ConceptNet 4, used in the study at the University of Chicago, uses “concepts” with what’s known as a “relation.” When asked to explain what a fawn is, for example, it understands that a “fawn is a deer” rather than a “deer is a fawn” by understanding the concept of the animal and the relation between the two words and concepts. It can also use a so-called “polarity flag” to indicate a negative correlation, such as penguins can’t fly.
It is clear that important AI breakthroughs are happening at a rapid rate. Experts think improvements in machine learning and natural language capabilities (see Siri, Google Now, and Cortana) will lead to AI systems that are much better at thinking like humans in the next few years.