No, we didn't just create an AI that’s as smart as a 4-year old

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago recently IQ-tested an AI system to see how intelligent it really is. Results showed that it's about as smart as the average 4-year-old —with some important caveats. Indeed, some very, very important caveats. » 7/16/13 1:23pm 7/16/13 1:23pm

Further Evidence That IQ Does Not Measure Intelligence

Every ten years, the average IQ goes up by about 3 points. Psychologist James Flynn has spent decades documenting this odd fact, which was eventually dubbed the Flynn Effect. The question is, does the Flynn Effect mean we're getting smarter? Not according to Flynn, who argues that the effect simply reveals that IQ… » 11/09/12 4:40pm 11/09/12 4:40pm

Teenagers' IQ scores can change dramatically throughout adolescence

Ah, the intelligence quotient—the number everyone pretends not to care about but secretly does. For years, we've assumed that a person's IQ score—commonly used to assess one's general intellectual capacity and make predictions on everything from educational achievement to employment prospects—remained relatively… » 10/20/11 8:30am 10/20/11 8:30am

The Unholy Love Match Between Scifi And Romantic Comedy

You can tell any kind of story using science fictional ideas, from alien invasion to small personal transformations. But somehow, whenever you mix science fiction and romantic comedy, you create a pungent ooze that eats away at the eyeballs of everybody in the audience. What with it being Valentine's Day and all,… » 2/14/08 8:40am 2/14/08 8:40am