Chinese researchers have unveiled what they claim to be the world’s first AI child. Named Tong Tong, this AI was developed by the Beijing Institute for General Artificial Intelligence (BIGAI) and made her public debut in Beijing.
BIGAI views Tong Tong as a significant milestone toward creating a general artificial intelligence (AGI) agent, capable of thinking and reasoning like a human. Led by Zhu Songchun, a renowned AI expert, the team aims to develop an AGI agent capable of performing diverse tasks, unlike traditional AI systems.
During her introduction, Tong Tong exhibited abilities akin to those of a three- or four-year-old child. She showcased skills such as tidying up, fixing items, and responding to human commands, such as fetching a towel to clean a spill.
What distinguishes Tong Tong is her capacity to assign tasks to herself without explicit instructions, marking a remarkable level of independence among virtual entities. Moreover, Tong Tong is designed to possess emotions and intellect, according to her creators.
The researchers at BIGAI have also devised a novel method to assess AGI called the Tong test. This evaluation measures an AI’s intelligence across various domains, including vision, language, reasoning, movement, and learning, while also considering values such as survival and emotions. The Tong test is crucial for ensuring that AGI can function effectively in human environments, exhibiting practical skills and values.