There’s a famous un-PC rock&roll musician’s gag from the 1980’s . . .
Q. “Which is more intelligent, a drum-machine or a drummer?”
A. “A drum-machine. You only have to punch in the information once.”
[NOTE: Improbable has not been able to determine the exact origin of the phrase MIQ, but it was certainly in use as early as 1995. See this introduction to ‘Neuro-Fuzzy and Soft Computing’ by professor emeritus Lotfi Zadeh ]
Various research teams have attempted to implement an MIQ test. For example Zeungnam Bien, Yong-Tae Kim and Se-hyun Yang of the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) who presented a paper in: Proceedings of the WAC (World Automation Congress)’98, Albuquerque, NM USA, Vol. 8, May 1998, pp. 275-280 ‘HOW TO MEASURE THE MACHINE INTELLIGENCE QUOTIENT(MIQ) : TWO METHODS AND APPLICATIONS’. [sorry, no link at present] The team not only took forward the development of the MIQ idea, but also, as a proof-of-concept they describe their procedure to measure the MIQ of a washing machine.
“ln this paper, definitions on intelligent machine and machine intelligence are suggested in the viewpoint of both oncologists’ [sic] and phenomenologists’ and, based on these definitions, the novel measurement methods of MIQ are also proposed in both viewpoints.” [They mean ontologists]
Fifteen years on, however, there is still no industry-wide standardised MIQ test. One reason might be lack of a median benchmark.
QUESTION: If an averagely intelligent person is deemed to have an IQ of 100, then what machine could be used as as a standard for MIQ 100? As always, Improbable looks forward to readers’ suggestions.
[The photo shows an LG ‘Truestream’ washing machine – MIQ unknown.(picture courtesy user Puramyun31 at Wikipedia). LG sponsored the KAIST study.]