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July 23 2013

AI scores same as a 4-year-old in verbal IQ test


Computers aren't really known for their way with words, but that could be about to change. An artificial intelligence program recently scored as high as a 4-year-old on a test of verbal IQ. The result may help AIs develop common sense.

AIs such as Google's search engine or IBM's Watson typically perform well in specific areas, like ranking web pages or answering game-show style questions. But these systems tend to fail when asked to do things outside of their narrow area of expertise. For years researchers have attempted to build systems with a more general "common sense" understanding, but have had mixed results.

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