Artificial General Intelligence: Definition, Scope, and ChatGPT as an Early AGI

Yana Khare 27 Apr, 2023 • 5 min read
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Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) has been a topic of great interest and debate within the field of artificial intelligence research, especially since the launch of GPT-4. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) represents the simulation of human cognitive abilities within the software. Thus, enabling the AGI system to find solutions to unfamiliar tasks. The ultimate goal of AGI is to perform any task a human being can achieve, specifically using Natural Language Understanding. However, there is no single globally accepted Artificial General Intelligence definition. There are a lot of examples of Artificial General Intelligence, such as self-driving cars, drone robots, and even chatbots like ChatGPT-4.

Strong AI is another term for AGI. In contrast to AGI, narrow or weak AI refers to applying AI to specific tasks or problems. IBM’s Watson supercomputer, expert systems, and self-driving cars are examples of narrow AI.

Artificial General Intelligence Definition

As stated before, there is some disagreement among professionals over the definition of AGI. Some consider AGI as the capacity for machines to perceive, learn, and carry out intellectual tasks similar to humans. Others define AGI as an autonomous system surpassing human capabilities in the most economically valuable work. Developing AGI is a primary goal of some artificial intelligence research and for AI companies like OpenAI, DeepMind, and Anthropic.

Key Capabilities of AGI

  1. Creativity: AGI systems should be capable of reading, comprehending, and improving human-generated code.
  2. Sensory Perception: AGI should excel at subjective perception. Such as color recognition and perceiving depth and three dimensions in static images.
  3. Fine Motor Skills: AGI should have an imaginative perception to perform tasks like grabbing a set of keys from a pocket.
  4. Natural Language Understanding (NLU): AGI systems should possess a level of intuition that would enable natural language understanding. This is because human language is highly context-dependent.
  5. Navigation: AGI should be able to project movement through physical spaces better than existing systems like GPS.

AGI systems are also expected to handle various learning and learning algorithms, creating fixed structures for all tasks, and understanding symbol systems. It is also presumed that it can use different kinds of knowledge, understand belief systems, and engage in metacognition.

AGI should be capable of performing any task a human can and exhibit a range of intelligence in different areas. Its performance should be as good as or better than humans at solving problems in most areas of intelligence.

Examples of Artificial General Intelligence

There are many different applications and examples of using Artificial General Intelligence, some of which are:

  1. Self-Driving Cars: They can identify other cars, pedestrians, and other things on the road, and they follow all driving laws and regulations.
  2. ROSS Intelligence: A legal expert system known as ROSS is often referred to as an “AI attorney.” It can extract data from around 1 billion text documents, analyze the data, and deliver accurate answers to challenging queries in under three seconds.
  3. Disease Mapping: It can leverage machine learning algorithms to analyze vast amounts of epidemiological data and identify patterns and risk factors associated with specific diseases.
  4. Manufacturing: It can enable autonomous decision-making, predictive maintenance, and optimizing production processes through real-time data analysis and machine learning algorithms.
  5. Drone Robots: AGI can incorporate advanced computer vision, natural language processing, and decision-making algorithms to enable drones to autonomously navigate, interact with the environment, and perform complex tasks without human intervention.
  6. Generative and Communicative Chatbots: AGI will combine advanced natural language processing, deep learning algorithms, and contextual understanding to generate coherent and relevant responses in real-time conversations such as AgentGPT.

Limitations of Weak AI

Most AI systems, such as machine learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning, and natural language processing, excel at completing specific tasks or problems. However, these technologies do not approach the cumulative ability of the human brain. The overarching goal for AGI is to enable artificial systems to learn from experience, adjust to new inputs, and perform human-like tasks.

ChatGPT as an Early Form of AGI

ChatGPT as an Early Form of AGI | ChatGPT-4 | GPT-4

A recent research paper by Microsoft researchers found early signs of AGI in ChatGPT-4. Sébastien Bubeck, a machine learning researcher at Microsoft, asked ChatGPT-4 to draw a unicorn using TikZ. TikZ is a programming language for generating scientific diagrams. The text-based ChatGPT-4 model provided code that produced a crude yet distinctly unicorn-like image when fed into a TikZ rendering software. Bubeck believes that such a feat requires an abstract grasp of the elements of the creature. Thus, indicating that “something new is happening here.”

Spark of General Intelligence

The authors argue that GPT-4 demonstrates “sparks of artificial general intelligence.” The system performs tasks reflecting more general intelligence, significantly beyond previous systems like GPT-3. GPT-4 can tackle various problems, which is a necessary quality of general intelligence. Unlike most previous AI programs that were limited to a specific job.

The authors also suggest that GPT-4 demonstrates an ability to reason, plan, and learn from experience. It can also transfer concepts from one modality to another, such as text to imagery. “Given the breadth and depth of GPT-4’s capabilities, we believe that it could reasonably be viewed as an early (yet still incomplete) version of an artificial general intelligence (AGI) system,” the paper states.

However, using the term AGI in the paper sparked debate among AI researchers and experts. Some argue that labeling GPT-4 as an early form of AGI contributes to the hype surrounding AGI and super-intelligent machines.

Our Say


The advances in AI are pushing the boundaries of what was previously considered possible. Despite the disagreement over the definition and scope of AGI. As we continue to develop and improve AI systems like ChatGPT-4, we may move closer to realizing the dream of accurate AGI with natural language understanding.

In conclusion, Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is an ambitious goal within the field of artificial intelligence that aims to create systems capable of performing any intellectual task a human can achieve. While current AI systems excel at specific tasks, they lack the broad and general capabilities that characterize human intelligence. ChatGPT-4, with its ability to tackle a wide range of problems and demonstrate higher-level cognitive skills, represents an early form of AGI. However, we must still debate and research to understand and fully develop accurate AGI systems. The journey toward AGI will continue as technology advances, potentially transforming how we interact with machines and understand intelligence.

Yana Khare 27 Apr 2023

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