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The limits of machine intelligence

Academic Journal article by Henry Shevlin, Karina Vold, Matthew McGill, Marta Halina

The limits of machine intelligence, EMBO Reports (2019) e49177

Despite progress in machine intelligence, artificial general intelligence is still a major challenge. 

The concept of intelligence is both nebulous and potentially dangerous: historically, it has been weaponised in various ways. Twentieth-century eugenicists, for example, deployed early psychometric measures of intelligence as a means to oppress socially marginalised groups or ethnic minorities. Undeterred by these controversies, however, employers, educa- tors and developmental psychologists continue to use measures of intelligence to assess cognitive potential and track individual progress.

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