Artificial Intelligence: Dumber Than a 5-Year-Old, No Smarter Than a Rat, Researchers Say

CEOs dreaming of replacing their whiny, vacation-taking, sick-day-using human employees with a sleek fleet of never-complaining robots powered by artificial intelligence are going to be disappointed to learn AI is far behind the evolution of human development.

“The public thinks we know how to do far more than we do now,” Raymond Perrault, a scientist at SRI International, told the New York Times.

Artificial intelligence may be smart enough to learn the game of chess or fliphamburgers in a fast-food restaurant. But when it comes to common sense and decision-making skills, AI is way below the bar compared to adult human beings.

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  • Gary

    I’ve kept up to date for Computers Globally and even the most powerful one can’t add beyond 3. I’m not talking about the built-in calculators but the basic abstract thought and reasoning to have 3 bricks and add two more to know it’s 5 .

    The only true A.I. in Canada is our PM and Ontario’s Premier . They read a scripted narrative from their masters .

  • Brett_McS

    Any Windows user knows that.

  • JoKeR

    Great! That means that an A.I. drone is still smart enough to outsmart an Arab/Fakestanian terrorist!

  • LKurc

    But smarter than Justin.

    • Exile1981

      and most bernie supporters.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I have worked for rats and five year olds. Nothing to sneeze at

  • canminuteman

    I am far from an expert on this, but the power of a computer is its ability to crunch huge amounts of data. That ability is all that is really needed for most jobs. There is no need for abstract thinking in almost everything humans do on a daily basis. I troubleshoot and repair complex industrial control systems, which one might think requires abstract thinking, but it really doesn’t. The more experience I get the easier it becomes because I can recognize patterns, but a computer that can crunch all the data would recognize the same patterns, and it can have the data put in in seconds, so it doesn’t need ten years of experience to recognize the patterns.

    • Editor

      But is the solution purely software based or do you need to sometimes replace hardware, e.g. logic boards, relays, power supplies, sensors and actuators? Those are tasks computers are still a long way from accomplishing, no?

      • canminuteman

        We still need humans to do the mechanics, but modern systems are pretty much self diagnosing. Luckily there is still enough old stuff out to keep me employed until I retire in another 15 years.

        • Editor

          If humans still do the mechanical stuff. I figure you’re good for a few years. This is the 2015 DARPA Robotics Competion, not Joe’s Funny Robot Rodeo. University engineering departments send their best.

          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g0TaYhjpOfo
          (Annoying music warning)

          I realize it’s an edit showcasing the best “fails” and that Boston Dynamics’ Atlas seems quite impressive but we’re still far from robots performing complex tasks autonomously. Cashiers and burger flipping maybe but I have trouble getting on board with the “taking all our jerbs” bandwagon.

  • Clausewitz

    “Artificial Intelligence: Dumber Than a 5-Year-Old, No Smarter Than a Rat, Researchers Say”. So basically they’re Democrats.