He can do many tasks better than humans. Meet the smartest cat in the whole world.
Deepmind, a Google company specializing in artificial intelligence, recently presented its model called Gato (cat in Portuguese). This so-called generalist AI would be able to perform 600 different tasks. And on most of these tasks, the AI would perform better than a human.
First of all, Deepmind would have built the first generalist artificial intelligence, that is, capable of learning multiple tasks at the same time, where most AIs are trained for a specific purpose. Since the American company presented its new work, it has created reactions from computer scientists worldwide. What are the limits of this virtual chat?
The cat learns everything
The cat is an artificial intelligence model capable of performing no less than 604 different tasks. He learns several different tasks at the same time. And according to the American company, it would be better than human experts for 450 of these tasks.
He is able to play Atari video games, caption a photo, converse with a human via chat, and stack blocks from a robotic arm that he can control at will. The whole strength of the Cat lies in one point: he does not forget what he has been taught. In recent years, many models have begun to mix different skills. We can cite “DALL-E” or “Imagen”, which is able to generate images from a simple text description.
Recently, the French artificial intelligence “Nook” managed to win several world championships in bridge. “AlphaZero”, another model already built by Deepmind, has learned to play go, chess or even shogi. With one difference: “AlphaZero” could only learn one task at a time. After learning to play a strategy game, he had to forget what he had learned to move on to the next game.
On the way to a super intelligence?
The cat learns several different tasks at the same time. He can therefore easily switch from one skill to another without having to forget it. This method is a significant step towards a mythical quest, generalist artificial intelligence.
At the dawn of the computer age, many theorists defined this intelligence as the ultimate goal. She would be able to think, learn, reason, show logic, in short, resemble humans in their way of thinking. So are we near the end?
In fact, opinions are divided in a technological world accustomed to advertising effects. First, the reliability of the model is sometimes strained due to fundamental problems and makes mistakes. For example, during a conversation with a person,
Namely: The cat would have answered that Marseille was the capital of France. On the other hand, Deepmind claims that in 450 of the 604 tasks that Gato would be able to perform, his model outperforms an expert in more than half of the cases. But for some researchers and experts in the field, the cat would still be far from the performance of a human.