Here’s chilling proof that machines are growing even smarter .
A team of researchers has just published the results of an IQ test given to an artificial intelligence (AI) system called ConceptNet.
ConceptNet is an open-source computing project run by a division of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The IQ test was exactly the same as that given to humans.
And according to the results, the computer scored the same as a young child.
“We found that the psychometric test gives a WPPSI-III VIQ to ConceptNet 4 that is equivalent to that of an average four-year old,” explained the team from the University of Illinois at Chicago, who performed the test.
“The performance of the system fell when compared to older children, and it compared poorly to seven year olds,” the team said.
In the full study , the scientists explain that advancements in natural language tools (the same tech behind Siri in your iPhone) could improve the score in the future.
And while it has taken around 60 years of AI research to reach this level, the exponential growth means that machines could become very clever, very quickly.
Tech luminaries like Elon Musk have already expressed concern at the advancing rate of AI .
“The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year timeframe. 10 years at most,” he said.
“Please note that I am normally super pro technology and have never raised this issue until recent months. This is not a case of crying wolf about something I don’t understand.”
Moreover, according to a recent study, nearly half of Brits are worried that increases in artificial intelligence will mean less jobs in the future .
But there are plenty of scientists who believe that advancing AI will benefit the human race. There is even a paper by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence explaining research priorities for the future of the science.