First Artificial General Intelligence created by DeepMind

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The current form of Artificial Intelligence relies on Indian m individual datasets to meet specific needs. However, the current goal of AI is to create an Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) that can smartly adapt to fulfil any number of needs.

Until now, the creation of AGIs was thought to be over a decade away, but the creation of a new Google DeepMind AI might have beaten out all predictions.

Has Google DeepMind made the first Artificial General Intelligence?

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Explained in a DeepMind study, Google Deepmind’s impressive “Gato” AI model is one of the most impressive artificial intelligence models yet. Instead of a program designed for one purpose — such as GPT-3’s language model — Gato is a multipurpose program.

In the report, it’s revealed far the Gato AI was able to gain expert knowledge in a number of different activities. The proto artificial general intelligence was able to manipulate physical objects effectively as well as play virtual video games.

“The agent, which we refer to as Gato, works as a multi-modal, multi-task, multi-embodiment generalist policy,” the DeepMind study reads. “The same network with the same weights can play Atari, caption images, chat, stackblocks with a real robot arm and much more, deciding based on its context whether to output text, joint torques, button presses, or other tokens.”

Gato works by being fed a prompt — image, text or otherwise — and creating an informed observation based on past knowledge. Then, the AI can create a response to that prompt. For example, when fed an image, the AI is trained to describe what the images is. However, when prompted with a moving video game, the AI will play the video game.

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Is this a true AGI?

Deepmind’s multi-modal artificial intelligence is more like a proto-AGI. While Gato’s ingenuity is impressive, it's still a ways is being a fully artificial general intelligence that can perform a litany of tasks. However, it does appear to be the closest we've gotten to realising that dream.

Of course, even when AGIs are commonplace, they still won't be the same as smart AI in science fiction. If you're hoping to have an AI companion complete with its own personality and consciousness — like Halo’s Cortana — then you'll have to wait much longer.

Then again, with the current speed of AI development, we might not be as far away from that as it may seem.