Researchers Created an IQ Test for AI
Thu, February 2, 2023

Researchers Created an IQ Test for AI

Researchers created an IQ test for AI systems that aims to measure how well they learn and adapt to new environments / Credits: whiteMocca via Shutterstock


All of us might have at least once been curious about how intelligent we are. Thus, intelligence quotient or IQ is a huge deal for people who’ve been wanting to know what aspect they excel or need help in. IQ tests measure a person’s reasoning ability. It aims to gauge how well someone can use information and logic to answer questions or make predictions. Also, these tests measure how well people can solve puzzles and recall information they’ve heard, and how quickly. 

But IQ tests are not only for humans but also for artificial intelligence. A team of researchers from Washington State University received a grant of over $1 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to create the first-ever “IQ test” for AI systems that would measure how well they learn and adapt to new environments. Author Larry Holder, a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, stated that previous IQ tests for AI systems didn't measure real-world performance in novel environments. Most of them have been theoretical. 

Thus, the researchers will be developing a test that will measure the intelligence of AI systems based on the difficulty of problems that they can solve."The score will also take into account the systems' accuracy, correctness, time taken and amount of data they need to perform well," Holder said.

According to Tech Xplore, an online site that covers the latest engineering, electronics, and technology advances, the researchers will focus on how AI systems can transfer their learning from one task and apply it to a new, unseen task. "For example, you might want to learn checkers before chess because you can easily transfer your knowledge from one to the other," Holder said. Aside from that, they will be looking at testing and improving systems that can be more general-purpose. This includes a robot assistant that can help people with many of their daily tasks.