May 20, 2022

Is DeepMind’s Gato AI really a human-level intelligence breakthrough?

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DeepMind has released what it calls a “generalist” AI called Gato, which can play Atari games, accurately caption images, chat naturally with a human and stack coloured blocks with a robot arm, among 600 other tasks. But is Gato truly intelligent having artificial general intelligence or is it just an AI model with a few extra tricks up its sleeve?

What is artificial general intelligence (AGI)?

Outside science fiction, AI is limited to niche tasks. It has seen plenty of success recently in solving a huge range of problems, from writing software to protein folding and even creating beer recipes, but individual AI models have limited, specific abilities. A model trained for one task is of little use for another.

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