Are you waiting for Rosie the Robot to be your own personal maid? Are you ready to send your robot sidekick to get your errands done while you catch up on critical napping time? If you’re anything like me, these concepts are very appealing but just… not… close… enough!
There is room for hope however; an advanced AI system known as ConceptNet4, has been recently tested and shown to have the IQ of a 4-year-old child. This doesn’t get very many people excited, but I think it should. Michio Kaku, a famous theoretical physicist, stated in 2010 that a.i. is currently at the level of a cockroach…
A mentally challenged cockroach; a lobotomized, mentally challenged cockroach.These cockroaches take about six hours to walk across the room. They enter a room. They see lines, circles, squares, triangles, but they don’t know the fact that they’re looking at chairs, desks, tables, people, lamps. They see better than us. They don’t know what they are seeing. Also they hear better than us, but they don’t understand what they are hearing.
To think that in three years we have progressed from cockroach to 4-year-old child is pretty amazing. It is important to note that the system is not as fully intelligent as a normal child of this age. Its knowledge is greatly varied and lacks “common sense” and experience-gained knowledge. That being said, this level of a.i. is a new peak in a field with rising interest from scientists and businesses alike.
“Artificial intelligence has been getting exponentially smarter for decades, and some technologists even believe the singularity — the point when machine intelligence will overtake humans — is near. Along the way, we’ve seen the trivia-playing computer Watson trounced trivia maven Ken Jennings at Jeopardy, and chess program Deep Blue eventually beat chess master Gary Kasparov in 1997.” – Robert Sloan
- How Smart Is Advanced Artificial Intelligence? Try Preschool Level (livescience.com)
- Will quantum computing make self-aware AI more likely? (bigthink.com)