Intelligence defined

 
Published: Monday 15 August 1994

-- Scientists have long felt the lack of an adequate mathematical definition of intelligence as a major hurdle in the creation of genuine artificial intelligence. Last fortnight, 2 Bangalore-based software experts, V Rajaraman and A Srivastava, announced that they had come up with what they claim to be the "world's first technique to objectively evaluate the multiple aspects of intelligence."

The duo emphasised that their effort redresses many of the weaknesses of the traditional intelligence measures including intelligence quotients. Their method uses 3 new parameters to obtain a multifaceted assessment of intelligence: the knowledge factor that measures the information base an intelligence system, the analytical factor that measures the ability of the system to use this information and the rank factor that measures the accuracies in the response of the system.

According to Rajaraman, this approach would enable the quantification of intelligence systems, whether human or artificial, in a much more dependable and unbiased fashion. He also feels it would be a very valuable aid in the building of "intelligent" computers.

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