Microsoft thinks its new AI is showing glimmers of ‘human-like’ intelligence

Microsoft admits its latest AI technology is already demonstrating 'human-like' intelligence.

Lots of devices and programs are described as using “artificial intelligence” but so far the extent of the supposedly advanced tech has been very limited.

According to Microsoft, Chat GPT-4 is displaying the first glimmers of “artificial general intelligence,” meaning that it has capabilities that are at the human level or even beyond it.

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Last week, the company's researchers released a paper on the arXiv preprint server titled “Sparks of Artificial General Intelligence: Early experiments with GPT-4.”

They wrote: “We demonstrate that, beyond its mastery of language, GPT-4 can solve novel and difficult tasks that span mathematics, coding, vision, medicine, law, psychology and more, without needing any special prompting”.

In simple terms, it’s already smarter than most people.

The researchers write that “GPT-4’s performance is strikingly close to human-level performance".

They describe it as showing “the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience”.

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If they’re correct, AI researchers have reached a turning-point in human history. As of last Wednesday humanity may not be the only advanced technological creatures on earth.

And we may have to accept that within a very short time we could be relegated to being the second-smartest creatures on the planet.

Some exports fear that the emergence of an artificial general intelligence [AGI] could mean the end of mankind.

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Australian MP Julian Hill said the “disruptive and catastrophic risks from untamed AGI are real, plausible, and easy to imagine.

“AGI has the potential to revolutionise our world in ways we can’t yet imagine, but if AGI surpasses human intelligence, it could cause significant harm to humanity if its goals and motivations are not aligned with our own.”

A Microsoft spokesperson said that despite the team’s statement, the promise of Artificial General Intelligence is still a little way off:. “We recognise the current limitations of GPT-4 and that there is still work to be done.

“ We will continue to engage the broader scientific community in exploring future research directions, including those required to address the societal and ethical implications of these increasingly intelligent systems.”

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