RE: Flashback to 1975

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Mon Jul 18 2005 - 07:32:07 MDT

Hmmm... OK, so your attitude on this is about the same as mine....

Yes, I also agree that such an "AI IQ test suite" would be a nice thing to
have, and I'd also have my AI team devote resources to it if we had a
sufficient excess...

Since no one working on AGI has an excess of resources, I guess this test
suite is unlikely to come into existence anytime soon, unless DARPA or
someone decided to specifically fund its creation...

As I recall, Michael Roy Ames (a member of this list) was working on such a
thing a couple years ago, but his project never reached completion...


> Ben Goertzel wrote:
> >> While the situation is perhaps rather better in the overall
> >> space of AGI projects, it is unfortunate that while some have
> >> realised the importance of working implementations, virtually
> >> no-one has been working on the problem of objective criteria
> >> for evaluating AGI theories.
> >
> > Hmmm... Do you have any specific thoughts in this regard, Michael?
> I have spent a good portion of my time on this area, but it would be
> impractical to discuss my results here for all the usual reasons.
> However it does surprise me that no-one has put serious effort into
> the more straightforward task of constructing an 'IQ test for AIs'.
> Over the last couple of years I have built up a collection of test
> problems culled from assorted literature, but I have yet to encounter
> any centralised effort to identify all the key competencies a general
> intelligence should exhibit, and then supply a set of tests in
> ascending difficultly for each competency. Ideally this would be
> realised as software and easily interfacable with any AGI project.
> There are some 'AI world' simulation frameworks available (and some
> people on this list are working on their own private versions of the
> same), so a simple subset could probably be constructed just as a set
> of world files and goal descriptions for such a world.
> I regret that this reads as a 'wouldn't it be nice if someone...' post
> as I do not currently have time to work on such a project myself. I
> will try and make my own test problem library publicly available as
> and when it becomes practical to do so, and I would be in favour of the
> SIAI working on such an 'AGI benchmark' if the organisation had a
> sufficient excess of funds and staff.
> * Michael Wilson
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