Universal Intelligence

Congratulations to the Faculty of IT researcher, Associate Professor David Dowe and his colleague, Dr José Hernández-Orallo of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, in Spain, who have been receiving recognition internationally for their research recently.

They are developing a test for all based on notions related to, or derived from, Minimum Message Length (MML), as a generalised way of testing without language (which is done for worms, chimpanzees and machines). MML was originally developed by Chris Wallace and David Boulton at Monash University in 1968. 

Their recent paper, Measuring universal intelligence: Towards an anytime intelligence test, in the A* journal, Artificial Intelligence, is currently the most downloaded article (as at 10 March 2011) and has attracted substantial international media coverage with currently 60 pieces showcasing the research.  

They are employing a computer to generate novel games and patterns, eliminating human bias. This allows them to generate and tailor tests with any level of complexity they like-even ones that are far beyond the ability of humans to complete.  Constructing actual tests and getting results (albeit, preliminary) with humans and machines is something nobody has done before.

You can read more about this exciting research area in the 5 March 2011 edition of the prestigious magazine, the Economist, in the article "Who are you calling bird-brained?". In addition, find more information at Monash News and Events in the article, Universal tests of intelligence.

Further information:
To learn more about Associate Professor David Dowe and his colleagues' research  in the area, access the 'Anytime Universal Intelligence' project website, containing information about MML, its development in 1968.

To read more about Chris Wallace's pioneering research in MML, access the Computer Journal's special memorial edition (Volume 51, Issue 5, Sept 2008) or a piece in the Handbook of Philosophy of Statistics (2011).