Google AI Boasts Much Higher IQ Than Microsoft Bing And Apple Siri In New Study

Perhaps Google should invest in a bumper sticker that reads, "My AI is an honor student," and then motor around Redmond and Cupertino where Microsoft and Apple are respectively headquartered. Compared to Bing and Siri, Google's artificial intelligent system is a cut above the competition, according to new research at Cornell University.

Researchers Feng Liu, Yong Shi, and Ying Liu set out to test and rank the intelligence quotient (IQ) of various natural and artificial intelligent systems, including humans, Google, Bing, Baidu, and Siri. Based on the tests conducted, Google's AI has an IQ of 47.28. That ranks just below a six-year child with an IQ of 55.5, but is twice as high as Siri with an IQ of 23.9. It's also higher than Bing (31.98) and Baidu (32.92).

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"Although this work is still in progress, the results so far indicate that the artificial-intelligence systems produced by Google, Baidu, and others have significantly improved over the past two years but still have certain gaps as compared with even a six-year-old child," the researchers wrote in a paper published on ArXiv.

AI has been a point of interest for many decades in the technology sector and has really gained momentum in more recent years. Google, IBM, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and other major players are all invested in AI, which can be applied to a wide range of fields—everything from gaming and digital assistants, to autonomous vehicles and healthcare.

Not without controversy, there is some fear that expanding the field of AI will eventually lead to a Skynet scenario. Tesla founder Elon Musk and tech mogul Mark Cuban both believe it is a very real inevitability, while Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg disagrees. The difference of opinion led to Musk publicly disparaging Zuckerberg on Twitter, stating "his understanding of the subject is limited."

This new research seems to back Zuckerberg and others who feel that Skynet will remain science fiction. Based on how the researchers graded things, today's AI solutions are only on par with a elementary school child, and far below that of an 18-year-old. And in looking at AlphaGo, the AI that beat the world's best Go player earlier this year, the researchers concluded it "belongs in the third grade," based on a grading system they proposed for AI.

The researchers argue that humans can be regarded as "special" AI systems made by nature, in part of because of the ability to be creative. But as for AlphaGo, it is still being researched and developed, and relies on humans for training. Hence why it would fall into the third grade.

"If humans did not provide help to the program, and AlphaGo could obtain Go chess data on its own initiative, self-program, and simulate game contests to gain experience for changing its training model to win games in real contests, it might be more defensible to say that AlphaGo could innovate," the researchers stated. "However, as AlphaGo does not appear capable of such a development process, from a comprehensive point of view its intelligence rating is of the third grade, which is two grades lower than that of humans."

None of this is meant to disparage today's AI. If anything, it underscores how much potential AI has to grow.

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