Eye on the Prize

AI Magazine

In its early stages, the field of AI had as its main goal the invention of computer programs having the general problem-solving abilities of humans. Along the way, a major shift of emphasis developed from general-purpose programs toward performance programs, ones whose competence was highly specialized and limited to particular areas of expertise. In this article, I claim that AI is now at the beginning of another transition, one that will reinvigorate efforts to build programs of general, humanlike competence. These programs will use specialized performance programs as tools, much like humans do.


England and US will not take tolerance test

BBC News

Schools in England and the United States will not be taking the new international Pisa test designed to assess respect for other cultures, challenge extremism and help identify fake news.


Japan to skip OECD's new global competence test for 15-year-olds

The Japan Times

Japan has no plans to participate in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's new test to assess the global competence of 15-year-olds around the world, Jiji Press has learned.


On Competence and Meta-Knowledge Gerhard Wickler Louise Pryor

AAAI Conferences

Department of Artificial Intelligence University of Edinburgh 80 South Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1HN Scotland {gwllouisep}@aisb.ed.ac.uk Abstract In this paper we define and attack the problem of competence assessment for intelligent agents. The basic idea is that we use metaknowledge to infer competence. The main contribution of this paper is a single rule that allows efficient competence assessment for any system with explicit strategic knowledge. The reason for this is that strategic knowledge already contains the right information. Cognitive evidence supports our theory. Competence and Intelligent Agents The Problem of Competence Assessment The problem we attempt to address in this paper is best illustrated by looking at an example. Consider the problem-solving activity of human problem solvers given the following simple physics problem1: A block of mass m starts from rest down a plane of length l inclined at an angle O with the horizontal. If the coefficient of friction between block and plane is #, what is the block's speed as it reaches the bottom of the plane? Given that the human problem solvers have some knowledge of physics in the form of equations that are appropriate to the problem, they will most likely answer the question whether they can solve this problem with "yes", i.e. they will state that they are competent to solve this particular problem instance.


Moving Vans Arrive at White House to Remove All Traces of Competence, Dignity

The New Yorker

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)--Moving vans arrived at the White House on Wednesday to remove all traces of competence and dignity. Working around the clock, movers started clearing out the optimism and progress that had accumulated during the past eight years. "Once we've packed up that stuff, we'll start moving out the wisdom and maturity," one of the movers said. "The guy who's moving in wants all of that gone." After the movers complete their work, a cleaning crew will come in and scrub the White House of every last speck of compassion.