Infants outperform artificial intelligence in detecting what motivates other people’s actions, finds a new study by a team of psychology and data science researchers. Its results, which highlight fundamental differences between cognition and computation, point to shortcomings in today’s technologies and where improvements are needed for AI to more fully replicate human behavior. – New York University (February 21, 2023)
The human mind is hard/impossible to replicate even in its infancy.
The paper is open access.
11 Replies to “Infants beat AI at commonsense psychology”
🙂 Thanks News,,, besides putting a smile on my face first thing this morning, this one is definitely a keeper.
And News, while I am at it, thank you for all the work you do in finding these interesting articles. You really are very good at bringing us “News”.
I second what BornAgain77 says!
Neural nets are not even an attempt to replicate the human mind. The fact that infants out-perform neural nets is interesting, but not a surprise.
What is interesting about this study is that it’s the first attempt to directly compare neural nets against infants, and that’s important for establishing a baseline for the development of explainable AI. The goal isn’t to replicate human intelligence (whatever that could mean) but to build an AI that we are capable of understanding.
“Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.”
– Yoda, Attack of the Clones.
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In short, (as Dawkins’ Weasel program itself infamously demonstrated, and as the law of conservation of information proves), there is no computer algorithm that will ever generate a single sentence of Shakespeare, much less the complete works of Shakespeare, unless that computer algorithm already has that single sentence, and/or the complete works, of Shakespeare programmed within itself somewhere.
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Hmm, interesting, Evolution News just so happened to put this up yesterday,
AI is like sugar in its prime , garbage presented as value.
There is no such thing as Artificial Intelligence. It’s a fake term. What does exist are sophisticated computer programs.
ChatGPT is a toy for the bored. A toy. I work for a publishing company. Authors will have to guarantee: “No, ChatGPT did not write this story for me.” Little kids and bored adults will play with this for a while and then the novelty will wear off.
The same with fake art. “No, I did not use Midjourney to create this art.”
This has nothing to do with “being human.” These computer programs are not human. They were designed to cut up pieces of art and writing and reassemble it. That’s it.
As someone who works with genius level creative people, I know the difference between good storytelling and bad storytelling. And what has OpenAI been doing lately? Hiring lawyers. Why? They are using art and writing without permission.
That might the first post of yours I’ve ever agreed with here.
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Strange things do happen. 🙂