How Smart is Artificial Intelligence?
A recent article challenges the humanization of AI and machine learning; let’s reconsider comparisons with human abilities
What do we mean by intelligence? In 1994 the Wall Street Journal published a definition which reflected the consensus of 52 leading academic researchers in fields associated with intelligence: “Intelligence is a very general mental capability that, among other things, involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience. It is not merely book learning, a narrow academic skill, or test-taking smarts.
Rather, it reflects a broader and deeper capability for comprehending our surroundings — ‘catching on,’ ‘making sense’ of things, or ‘figuring out’ what to do.” This is a very good definition of general intelligence— the kind of intelligence that’s long been measured in IQ tests, and that, for the foreseeable future, only humans have.
Originally Posted: MIT IDE February 7th 2020