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A Breakthrough for A.I. Technology: Passing an 8th-Grade Science Test

A Breakthrough for A.I. Technology: Passing an 8th-Grade Science Test

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  • Yes in a narrow closed box test environment AI will outperform a human because you can optimize it for that specific closed environment. When it comes to open world, creativity and all that AI fails, dramatically, we're not going to have self driving cars any time soon.

    But let's not kid ourselves

    Yes in a narrow closed box test environment AI will outperform a human because you can optimize it for that specific closed environment. When it comes to open world, creativity and all that AI fails, dramatically, we're not going to have self driving cars any time soon.

    But let's not kid ourselves, it isn't smarter than an eighth grader, that's a misleading headline but works to drum up interest.

    Put so eloquently from the words of Jack Ma, AI isn't smarter than a human because it can't create a human.

  • I still think Go is more complex and achieving than “passing” a middle school science exam. Color me unimpressed that AI can regurgitate rote facts like picking out the parts of a dissected flat worm. I don’t even think we got to open up frogs until freshman year. And what about the other 6 courses/hours

    I still think Go is more complex and achieving than “passing” a middle school science exam. Color me unimpressed that AI can regurgitate rote facts like picking out the parts of a dissected flat worm. I don’t even think we got to open up frogs until freshman year. And what about the other 6 courses/hours of the school day? And what about the in betweens? Can AI figure out the best place to sit in the cafeteria to avoid bullying or to make itself visible but not too visible by a crush? No, because AI doesn’t love and doesn’t fear and its various reward systems aren’t yet strong enough to impel or compel it to do anything close to what humans can and want to do. Can AI crack jokes during a two minute passing period AND make it to its locker? NO. Because AI can’t bond with other AI’s, even in the internet of things and AI doesn’t need a locker or a backpack. Why are we insisting on a direct comparison?

    I’m a fan of AI. I just don’t think this qualifies as human level because the computer isn’t behaving like an 8th or 12th grade human. If all kids were forced to study just data sets for tests I think most of us would pass. But that’s not life. We have divorcing parents and soccer try outs and emotions. Those emotions keep us from doing some stuff and make us do things that are so extraordinary and moving we stare and sometimes cry at them on walls in museums. Curiosity and emotion got us into quantum mechanics. And on and on and on. We are bonding mammals. We should stop acting (even rhetorically) like AI can replace that. AI is a tool. A tool that hopefully someday will repair itself. This doesn’t make it not alive. Trees are alive and (from our POV) exist as tools for us but remain independent from us conceptually and linguistically. Because “they” aren’t us. Ya know?

  • AI moving past the 8th grade!

  • It's official. AI is smarter than me

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