From doing a Google search to asking Alexa to play your favorite song, it’s impossible to deny the incredible impact artificial intelligence (AI) has had on today’s world. Ironically, AI’s advances to date also shed light on its shortfalls.
No matter how impressive its accomplishments have been, AI doesn’t think or understand in the same way as humans. Ask a customer service bot a question that does not fit neatly into the “script” that enables it to respond to your queries and you’ll see what I mean. That’s because today’s AI relies on analyzing massive data sets and looking for patterns and correlations. To evolve to its next phase—artificial general intelligence (AGI)—AI must be able to understand or learn the same intellectual tasks that a 3-year-old child takes for granted.