What is the most advanced AI software/system that humans have made to date, and what does it do?

  • $\begingroup$ The problem with this question is that you do not clarify if you're looking for AI systems that are very good at one task (narrow AI systems) or that attempt to be good at multiple different tasks (general AI systems). So, some people will answer by saying AlphaGo, because it beat humans at a combinatorial game with many combinations, while, at the same time, it's completely useless at solving most other problems in the world, though it could potentially be used to solve other similar problems, such as chess (this has already been done with AlphaZero, a successor of AlphaGo). $\endgroup$
    – nbro
    Nov 17, 2020 at 11:53

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In my opinion, this would be Phaeaco, which was developed by Harry Foundalis at Douglas Hofstadter's CRCC research group.

It takes noisy photographic images of Bongard problems as input and (using a variant of Hofstadter's 'Fluid Concepts' architecture) successfully deduces the required rule in many cases.

Hofstadter has described the related success of CopyCat as being 'like a little kid doing a somersault': i.e. it doesn't have the flashy appeal of systems like AlphaGo. What it does however have is a much more flexible (i.e. not precanned) approach to perception of problem structure than other systems, which Hofstadter claims (and many including Peter Norvig agree) is the really hard problem.


In addition to the answers already posted, I think IBM's Watson deserves a mention. It did something pretty impressive with its Jeopardy win, possibly as impressive as AlphaGo. Sadly, since then, there don't seem to have been a lot of really public demos of Watson, as IBM is positioning the technology as a tool for companies and other organizations, and most of them are pretty secretive about the details of what they're doing. I think they did publicize a bit of information about using it for medical diagnosis, but that's the only other application I can think of off hand. I'm sure there are more though.

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    $\begingroup$ The thing with Watson's Jeopardy win is that the questions came in basically two types: search-engine friendly and human-reasoning friendly. Watson did well with the search-engine friendly. The success of the human-reasoning friendly was divided among the two human contestants, so neither was able to out-score Watson. It was more a triumph of marketing than machine intelligence. $\endgroup$
    – antlersoft
    Nov 10, 2016 at 17:24

AlphaGo is the most sophisticated Artificial Intelligence program created by humans. It is a computer program that is developed by Google DeepMind to play the board game "Go". The game is different than other games, as The number of potential legal board positions is greater than the number of atoms in the universe. It has way more legal board positions than the chess. So, AlphaGo requires different technique for it's development.

Program's victories against the best players in the world in March 2016 is considered a major break through in the field of AI. Go was previously considered to be a hard problem and many experts believed that current technology is not enough. Experts were saying that it will take atleast 5 years (or may be 10 years) before we will have a well developed Go software player.

The game used sophisticated algorithms of deep learning and reinforcement learning in order to learn the game. What makes this game different from other board game (like Chess, Reversi, etc.) is that moves are often based on intuition. If you ask a Chess player why he make a certain move, you will always be hearing an answer where he will explain you how he thought this move can increase in change of winning. Every move uses certain heuristics, strategy and/ or tricks. This is not the case with Go. Some moves are often taken because of intuition. Coding an AI software that can play a game, where intuition is a integral part of the game makes it different from other AIs that we have today.

At present AlphaGo is the closest AI software to Artificial General Intelligence.

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    $\begingroup$ As far as I'm aware, none of the researchers in the fields of Deep Learning and Monte Carlo Tree Search (the algorithms behind Alpha Go) use the rather ill-defined term 'intuition' to explain the operation of their algorithms. $\endgroup$ Nov 7, 2016 at 16:58
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    $\begingroup$ AGI is (by definition) general, i.e. it works across a range of different environments without requiring human intervention to do so. This is not the case for AlphaGo. $\endgroup$ Nov 7, 2016 at 16:59
  • $\begingroup$ You say "an AI software that can make a decision due to intuition makes it way different". I am saying that nowhere in the usual explanation of DL or MCTS does anyone use the term 'intuition'. See Hofstadter's "The ineradicable Eliza effect" for why introducing such terms to 'explain' otherwise well-understood mechanisms is not a good idea. $\endgroup$ Nov 7, 2016 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ @NietzscheanAI. I remember watching a youtube video where it said that intuition is a key part of the software. Also the software was given a video camera and left in a store to observe the outside world. The stuff he did was basic, but was able to do task which were linked to AGI. $\endgroup$
    – Ugnes
    Nov 7, 2016 at 19:53
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    $\begingroup$ You need to back those claims up with some concrete evidence. $\endgroup$ Nov 8, 2016 at 7:32

In my opinion this would be the Google search engine.

It searches the web.

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    $\begingroup$ The answer has got negative response, probably because it's too brief. But as an ex-Googler, I tend to agree and have to add a few words here. Google search engine runs hundreds of machine-learning jobs for scoring, so it can be easily called AI and it's very sophisticated in terms of performance and parallelization. It's hard compare it to Watson, but search results are so impressive, that Google search deserves an honorable mention in this list. $\endgroup$
    – Maxim
    Sep 18, 2017 at 15:17

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