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Stanford-Led Artificial Intelligence Index Tracks Emerging Field


Gauging the impact of artificial intelligence.

A new artificial intelligence index reveals a dramatic increase in startups and investment, as well as significant improvements in the technologys ability to mimic human performance.

Credit: Tricia Seibold

A Stanford University-led team called the AI100 has launched the AI Index, the first index to track the state of artificial intelligence (AI) and measure technological progress in the same way the gross domestic product and the S&P 500 indices track the U.S. economy and stock market, respectively.

The new index has revealed a 14-fold increase in AI startups and a six-fold gain in investment since 2000, as well as significant improvements in the technology's ability to mimic human performance.

The AI Index monitors and quantifies at least 18 separate vectors in academia, industry, open source software, and public interest, in addition to technical evaluations of progress toward "human-level performance" in areas such as speech recognition and computer vision. Specific metrics in the index include assessments of academic papers published, course enrollment, AI-related startups, job openings, search-term frequency, and media mentions.

Still, Stanford professor Yoav Shoham, who received the ACM AAAI Allen Newell Award for 2012, notes a five-year-old's general intelligence remains beyond AI's capabilities.

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