A team of Spanish and Australian researchers says it has taken the first step toward developing an “anytime” intelligence test, which uses a scientific method to measure the intelligence of a human being, an animal, a machine, or an extraterrestrial. Prior to this, no such test existed.
The step taken by these researchers is that of presenting the foundations to be used as a basis for this test in the journal Artificial Intelligence. They have also put forward a new intelligence test.
A key feature of the test is that it can be interrupted at any time, but that it gives a more accurate idea of the intelligence of the test subject if there is a longer time available in which to carry it out, according to José Hernández-Orallo, a researcher at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and lead author on the paper.
The Spanish and Australian team says a universal intelligence test should be able to be applied to any subject – whether biological or not – at any point in its development (child or adult, for example), for any system now or in the future, and with any level of intelligence or speed.